Holy Week and Easter Services

at Holy Redeemer Lutheran Church


Maundy Thursday Service

Thursday, April 2 at 6:30pm

  • The beginning of the Sacred Triduum (the "Three Days")
  • The Last Week: It Happened on The Thursday & Drama of Thursday based upon the Gospel of St. Mark
  • Foot Washing
  • Commemoration of the Last Supper

Good Friday Service

Friday, April 3 at 6:30pm

  • The continuation of the Sacred Triduum
  • The Last Week: It Happened on The Friday & Drama of Friday based upon the Gospel of St. Mark
  • Personal Bidding Prayers

(NOTE: There is no communion during this service.)


Vigil of the Tomb

Friday, April 3 through Saturday April 4 (throughout the time in the tomb)

  • 1/2 hour increments of prayer and meditation
  • Participants may come to the sanctuary for their prayer/meditation time or they may find a quiet place in their home

[The vigil time ends at 3:00pm on Saturday, as we conclude the Sacred Triduum (the "Three Days") Services, prepare the sanctuary for the Easter Celebration and celebrate the first Communion of Easter.]

Holy Saturday Service

  • The conclusion of the Sacred Triduum
  • The bringing of light to end the time of darkness (Christ candle, Paschal candle, Peace candle, Candelarium prayer candles, altar candles)
  • First Communion of Easter
  • Decorating of the sanctuary and chancel with the "Butterflies of Easter"

Festival of Easter

Sunday, April 5 at 10:00am

  • We celebrate the resurrection with communion and the proclamation that


  • In The Gospel of John, Mary Magdalene -- the Apostle to the Apostles -- discovers the empty tomb and receives the first post-resurrection Christ visitation
  • The Last Week: It Happened on That Sunday & Drama of Sunday based upon the Gospel of St. Mark
  • Festive Fellowship Hour following worship





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