Palm Sunday – The Triduum – Easter Celebration
Maundy Thursday Worship and Meal – RSVP here
Palm Sunday Worship
8:15 and 10:45 a.m.Traditional Worship
Join us in the Gathering Place to begin the Passion Sunday service.
The Holy Three Days-April 18-20
The Triduum begins with the community’s Maundy Thursday assembly, reaches its high point in the Easter Vigil, and then continues with joyous festivity on Easter morning. The Triduum is unique in the church’s repertoire of liturgies in that it is a single liturgy that continues over a period of days. Each service parallels part of the Holy Week story, from Jesus’s last Thursday night with his friends, to the crucifixion on Friday, and finally his resurrection, celebrated first at the Easter Vigil on Saturday night.
Maundy Thursday, April 18
On Maundy Thursday, the church ritually acts out its core values, announcing the forgiveness of sins, practicing humble service, praying for the “least of these,” and sharing a meal around Christ’s table.
12:00 p.m. Traditional Liturgy
Traditional celebration, including the announcement of forgiveness, Jesus teaching us to love one another, the washing of feet, and Holy Communion.
5:00 p.m. Children’s Maundy Thursday Experience
Families and children have a chance to learn about footwashing and Jesus’ last supper. This half-hour service helps children learn the important rituals of these holy days.
7:00 p.m. Worship with a Simple Meal
Holy Meal, Holy Conversation: a unique opportunity to share dinner and discussion around sacred story and song. Because this service includes a meal, we ask you to RSVP if you plan to attend. To learn more and to RSVP, please click here.
Good Friday, April 19
We gather as a community of friends at the foot of the cross to hear the Passion story and to carry our burdens to the cross.
12:00 p.m. Solidarity Prayer at the Cross
Meet at the Bishop Henry Whipple Federal Building (1 Federal Drive, St. Paul, MN) at Visitor Entrance A by the large stones. Located at the end of Minnehaha Avenue, the federal building is at the Ft. Snelling Light Rail station, with some parking available in the park and ride area. We’ll gather at the gate to hear parts of the crucifixion story and pray for immigrants, their families, all who lead during these days. Court proceedings for immigrants occur in the Federal Building. Several members of our sanctuary-support team have served as observers for this process. This is an opportunity for us to go to one of the places where people cry out for God’s care and love. Those wishing to form carpools should meet on the north side of the parking lot at Gloria Dei at 11:30 a.m.
5:00 p.m. Children’s Good Friday Experience
Families and Children will have an opportunity to learn about the story of Jesus in his last days, how he loved his friends, and gave his life for us all. Children will learn the meaning of the cross in ways that are developmentally appropriate.
7:00 p.m. Traditional Worship
Traditional gathering to hear the passion story, sing of God’s love for the world, pray for the whole cosmos, and draw near to the cross. On Good Friday, we gather as a community of friends at the foot of the cross.
Easter Vigil, April 20
5:00 p.m. Children’s Easter Vigil Experience
Children and families will gather on Holy Saturday to wake up the Alleluia and to help get ready for the celebration of Easter the next morning or later that night at the vigil. This half-hour worship service helps teach our children about the excitement of this special night.
7:00 p.m. Traditional Vigil
This night is the center of our year, the most dramatic and beautiful celebration of Easter. At sunset, we gather to kindle a new fire, hear ancient stories, remember baptism, and share the Eucharist. The “Alleluia” returns as darkness gives way to light, each of us crossing from death to life with Christ.
Easter Day, April 21, 8:00, 9:30, and 11:00 a.m.
Festival Holy Communion with brass, choirs, and all the glory of Easter.
The 9:30 a.m. service often welcomes the most visitors. If members are able to come at 8:00 or 11:00, it will leave room for our many guests. Additionally, if you are able-bodied, please park on the street, leaving parking lot spaces for those who need to be close to the door. Invite your friends and neighbors.
Christ is risen. Christ is risen, indeed. Alleluia!