Palm Sunday, March 25th at 10am, Procession w/Palms & Passion Reading:  We journey into Holy Week with a reenactment of the Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem, along with a dramatic reading of the Passion featuring the voices of St. C parishioners. An emotionally charged service that begins with joy and ends in sorrow.

Holy Tuesday, March 27th at 6:30pm, Parish Seder:  Come hear the great story of redemption as God’s people are saved from captivity in ancient Egypt. Fr. Litman, who was raised in a Jewish & Christian home, will help us understand how Jewish people for thousands of years have commemorated God's faithfulness through this symbolic meal. There will be wine, matzoh balls, and maybe a plague or two.....or ten! We will also take a closer look at how the history of the Passover informs our understanding of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus.

Maundy Thursday, March 29th at 7pm, Foot Washing w/Eucharist:  Maundy Thursday traditionally begins the triduum, or three holy days before Easter. The word maundy comes from the “new commandment” (mandatum novum) given to the followers of Jesus: we are called to love one another just as Christ loved us (Jn. 13:34). One of the most visually symbolic services of the year, the liturgy includes a reenactment of Jesus washing the disciples’ feet. It also commemorates the institution of the Eucharist at the Last Supper. The service ends with the stripping of the altar to symbolize Jesus’ journey to the Garden of Gethsemane. After this year's service we invite people to watch & pray with Jesus at our Altar of Repose in the All Saints Chapel.

Good Friday, March 30th at 12pm, Seven Last Words:  Quincy's ecumenical InterChurch Council will again offer a service of The Seven Last Words at Quincy Community United Methodist Church (40 Beale Street). This service includes a series of prayers and brief (5 minute) reflections on the Words of Jesus from the Cross. 6pm, Stations of the Cross:  Join us as we prayerfully journey with Christ and meditate on his sacrifice for us. The service consists of meditations and prayers at 14 "stations" representing specific events on Christ's journey toward the Cross. 7pm, Passion Liturgy w/Solemn Collects. This somber service includes a prayerful Passion reading from John's Gospel, followed by a series of prayers for the church, the nation and the world. The service concludes with the Proclamation of the Cross and a set of Solemn Reproaches that follow the pattern of Psalm 78, rehearsing God’s continuing faithfulness and Israel’s repeated rebellion.

Holy Saturday, March 31st at 7pm, Candlelight Vigil:  The service begins in darkness as we announce the Light of Christ coming in to the world with a ceremony of new light. We then retrace the great drama of the people of Israel through a series of Old Testament Readings, followed a baptismal ceremony. The service then transitions from darkness to light as we celebrate the first Eucharist of Easter.

Easter Sunday, April 1st at 10am, Festal Eucharist:  Christ is Risen! Death & darkness have been vanquished and new creation has begun! We celebrate a Festal Eucharist followed by light lunch, including baked ham, substantial sides, and a selection of homemade desserts.

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