HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE
Maundy Thursday, March 29 - Supper with members of Zion Lutheran, 6 pm Mass at 7 p.m., with the Stripping of the Altar
Watch Before the Altar of Repose begins at 8 p.m.
Good Friday, March 30 - Watch ends with Good Friday Liturgy and
Communion of the Presanctified at 8 a.m.
12 noon - Good Friday Liturgy, with the Veneration of the Cross
Stations of the Cross at 5:00 p.m.
Easter Day, April 1 - Easter Mass at 8 a.m.
Solemn Mass of the Resurrection 10 a.m.
Easter Reception in the Parish House 11:15 a.m.
SUPPER WITH THE LUTHERANS is a carry in dinner. Meat and beverage is provided by our church. Members and friends of St. Peter's are encouraged to bring side dishes: vegetables, salads, desserts.
THE WATCH BEFORE THE ALTAR OF REPOSE is a twelve-hour vigil of prayer and meditation in the presence of the Reserve Sacrament. Members and friends are invited to sign up for an hour's block of time (or more), being present in the church, "watching" with Jesus as if we are in the Garden of Gethsemane with him, as he prays prior to his arrest, trial, and execution. The Scripture reference for this may be found in any one of these three (synoptic = "with one eye") Gospels: Matthew 26: 36-46; Mark 14: 32-42; or Luke 22: 39-46. Plenty of reading material is available for you while you spend time with Our Lord. Sometimes more than one person will be present for a given time frame. The pathways of the church yard are lighted through the evening hours, and the Township police make regular passes by the church to check and see that all is well. The Watch ends at 8 a.m. Good Friday with the Good Friday Liturgy and Communion from the Reserve Sacrament.
ANOTHER GOOD FRIDAY LITURGY is at noon, with the Veneration of the Cross. At a given point in the Liturgy members and friends are invited to come to the altar rail, and either kneeling or standing kiss the bottom of a crude wooden cross, which the priest will be holding, as a sign of adoration of Jesus, who died on the cross to save us from sin and death. At 5 p.m. that day we have our final pilgrimage along the Way of Sorrows (Via Dolorosa) with the liturgy of the Stations of the Cross. That is approximately a 35 minute trek.
EASTER DAY* MASSES. The first Mass of Easter is at 8 a.m. We will have hymns, thanks to the presence of our good organist, Ron Kolla, for that service! At 10 will be a Solemn Mass of the Resurrection. Incense will be used. It might be of interest to learn, if you have not known already, that the Thurifer (who does the censing) censes the gathered congregation, showing honor to them by making a bow before swinging the thurible. It is customary to regard the thurifer's action by bowing to him/her as a sign of respect after they bow to you.
THERE WILL BE A RECEPTION FOLLOWING the 10 a.m. Mass in the Parish House. Members and friends of St. Peter's are encouraged to attend, and to bring along some delightful food item to share. Beverage will be provided.
LENTEN JOURNEY CONTINUES WITH STUDY: REDISCOVER JESUS. This is the title of the book by Matthew Kelly that we continue to read for our Lenten Study dialogue. Three sessions remain as of this writing, March 7, 14 and 21. We are finding that each session creates its own unique dialogue, so if you haven't attended any prior sessions you will not be left out if you join us for one or more of the times we will be together. We start with Evening Prayer in the church at 5:15, come over to the Parish House for a wonderful soup supper at around 5:30, and we conclude our time together promptly at 7. Perhaps you have one of the books already. There are a few copies left on the table in the rear of the nave.
IMPORTANT MARCH DATES! BIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES! Lisa Montgomery (3); Althea Martie (8); DeWitt Reynolds (12); Jane Draper (13); Howard Black (22); Marie Whimpenny (23); and Hilary Turner Erikson (24). Update the list? Notify Fr. Turner (609) 494-5048 or email@example.com.
May you have a Blessed Holy Week and Easter!
*FYI - Easter is always on a Sunday, so to speak of it as "Easter Day" is redundant. Just thought you'd like to know!
HOW TO CONTACT
The Rev'd Donald Turner, Vicar Vicarage: (609) 494-5048 Cell phone: (609) 661-1663
Ronald Kolla, Organist (215) 704-4568