Holy Week & Easter

“The first Christians observed with great devotion the days of our Lord’s passion and resurrection, and it became the custom of the Church to prepare for them by a season of penitence and fasting… I invite you… to the observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self denial; and by reading and meditating on God’s holy Word.”    – from The Book of Common Prayer

From early times Christians have observed the week before Easter as a time of special devotion. St. Stephen’s marks this sacred week with prayerful liturgies and traditions as we join in remembering Christ’s Passion and Resurrection.

Palm Sunday – March 25

Palm Sunday, or Passion Sunday, marks the first day of Holy Week and the last Sunday in Lent.

9:00 am Holy Eucharist
11:15 am Holy Eucharist

Holy Monday – March 26

7:00 pm Holy Eucharist

Holy Tuesday – March 27

7:00 pm Holy Eucharist

Holy Wednesday – March 28

9:30 am Holy Eucharist
7:00 pm Tenebrae: A Service of Shadows

A contemplative service by candlelight when we will pray the ancient monastic office of Tenebrae and the Lamentations and Psalms of repentance and introspection.

Maundy Thursday – March 29

6:00 pm Community Agapé Supper A simple, reflective community meal Learn more and RSVP here. 
7:00 pm Holy Eucharist and Stripping of the Altar featuring music by the Parish Choir with guest oboe and English horn. 

Following the service, an overnight service of quiet prayer and waiting will occur in the chapel. This vigil will conclude with the opening Morning Prayer on Good Friday. There is no need to sign-up. Simply come as you feel called throughout the night. 

Good Friday – March 30

Good Friday, the Friday before Easter Day, is the day we commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus.

7:00 am Solemn Morning Prayer and Communion from the Reserved Sacrament
12:00 pm Good Friday Liturgy
5:30 pm Children’s Stations of the Cross for Good Friday
This service is designed for children in a way that makes the crucifixion accessible to kids through a special Stations of the Cross adapted just for them.
7:00 pm Good Friday Liturgy featuring music from the Parish Choir and guest string quartet

Holy Saturday – March 31

The Saturday after Good Friday recalls the day when the crucified Christ visited among the dead while his body lay in the tomb of Joseph of Arimathea. Holy Saturday ends at sunset and is followed by the Easter Vigil, the first celebration of Easter.

9:00 am Prayer Service
7:00 pm The Great Vigil of Easter The first celebration of Easter, this special service moves from dark to light featuring music from the Parish Choir and guest piano and organ.

Following the service, join us in the Commons Room for a Celebration of the Risen Christ! The reception is open to all and will include non-alcoholic beverages and champagne accompanied by a variety of desserts.

Easter Sunday – April 1

9:00 am Festival Holy Eucharist  featuring music by the Parish Choir with guest brass, percussion, piano and organ
10:15 am Easter Egg Hunt  kids (preschool-grade 5) are invited to join in the hunt for eggs! Please bring a basket for your child
11:15 am Festival Holy Eucharist  featuring music by the Revelation Gospel Choir and Jazz Combo with guest brass and percussion