Strengthening Our Community: A Church and Neighborhood Conversation

Time2ListenOn May 3, 2014, the Church of the Holy Trinity will host Strengthening Our Community: A Church and Neighborhood Conversation. This conversation, which will take place at the church from 10:30am – 2:00 pm, gives all of us the opportunity to hear from our neighbors about what they recognize as the needs of the neighborhood, what work is already underway in the neighborhood, and how we can work together as a community both to support and to build upon that work.

StrengtheningWe invite you both to join us in this important conversation and to invite anyone you know who lives or works in our part of the West Side. Our goal in this conversation is to listen, and what we hear from our neighbors will inform our work and our partnerships in the months to come.

Our conversation will be facilitated by Rev. Ronald Peters, the Henry L. Hillman Professor of Urban Ministry at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and Director of the Metro-Urban Institute. Rev. Peters’ participation is being co-sponsored by Episcopal Diocese of Northern Indiana and the Africana Studies Department of the University of Notre Dame.

I want to give thanks in advance for all those who are working and have been working hard to make this conversation possible. God has been doing amazing work in all of them!

 

 

 

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This Week with Holy Trinity—Easter II

Sunday, April 27 (Easter II)

  • 8am Low Mass in St. Joseph Chapel—Mtr. Terri Preacher/Celebrant
  • 10am Sung Mass at High Altar—Mtr. Terri Preacher/Celebrant

Monday, April 28—St. Mark

  • 6:30pm Low Mass—Fr. Hugh Preacher/Celebrant

Wednesday, April 30

  • 7-8:30pm Westside Ministry Task Force Meeting

Thursday, May 1—SS. Philip and James

  • 6:30pm Low Mass—Fr. Jim Preacher/Celebrant

Saturday, May 3

  • 10:30-2pm Strengthening our Community: A Church and Neighborhood Conversation

Sunday, April 13 (May 4)

  • 8am Low Mass in St. Joseph Chapel—Fr. John Preacher/Celebrant
  • 10am Sung Mass at High Altar— Fr. John Preacher/Celebrant

This Week With Holy Trinity—Easter I

Sunday, April 20—Easter Sunday

  • 10am Sung Mass at High Altar—Mtr. Terri Preacher/Celebrant

Tuesday, April 22

  • 7pm Vestry Meeting

Wednesday, April 23

  • 7pm Westside Ministry Task Force Meeting

Sunday, April 27—Easter II

  • 8am Low Mass in St. Joseph Chapel—Mtr. Terri Preacher/Celebrant
  • 10am Sung Mass at High Altar—Mtr. Terri Preacher/Celebrant

Tenebrae

ImageJerusalem remembers,
in the days of her affliction and wandering,
all the precious things
that were hers in days of old.
When her people fell into the hand of the foe,
and there was no one to help her,
the foe looked on mocking
over her downfall.

—Lamentations 1:7 (Zayin)

One of the service names on Our Holy Week schedule that might seem (particularly) unfamiliar is Tenebrae, taking place on Wednesday evening at 6:30pm. Named for the Latin word for shadows, this service offers us the opportunity to reflect upon the shadows that fell upon Jesus’ followers in the time leading up to his death, a time when evil seemed victorious over good. We participate in the growing anger, fear and dismay of the disciples using the words of the Psalms and the book of Lamentations. As the service progresses, we gradually extinguish a stand of fifteen candles, until only one remains—the light of Christ. Then that light, too, is hidden from us, even as it was hidden from the disciples as Christ lay in the tomb. As we wait in silence, we hear the sound of an earthquake, and the light returns to us.

Why would we want to do this? Why choose to put ourselves through this re-enactment of anxiety when we know that Christ has already risen from the dead? We do this because we do not always bask in awareness of the light of the risen Christ. We all too often live our lives under the shadows of anger, fear and dismay, forgetting that God has already triumphed over sin and death. When, therefore, we choose to walk through these shadows with the disciples, we remind ourselves that evil only seems to triumph over the other parts of our lives. We always have access to the light of Christ, even when that light is hidden from us or from those to whom we bear witness.

Then, the next time we find ourselves overwhelmed with life’s shadows (and there is always a next time), or the next time we encounter someone else who is overwhelmed, we carry with us the memory of this experience. Having exercised our faith in our worship, we are prepared to do the work to which God calls us, even when that work is simply a matter of remembering that the light we cannot now see is only hidden, not extinguished. And when we hear the sound of the earthquake, we know that it is the sound of deliverance, not destruction.

History

The service of Tenebrae emerged in the Middle Ages from the monastic service of Matins and Lauds for Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday. This monastic influence is still apparent in the use of Gregorian Chant for praying the psalms and in the division of the service into nocturns, or night watches. Other musical settings of the Tenebrae service became available as the appeal of Tenebrae spread beyond the monastic community over time, so that one may now find polyphonic, baroque and even jazz versions of the Tenebrae service.

It has become common practice in the Episcopal Church to hold the service of Tenebrae on Wednesday of Holy Week rather than on Thursday, Friday or Saturday. Two historical factors have led to this practice, which we are following at Holy Trinity. One has to do with time and the other with function.

The precise timing of Matins and Lauds, originally sung at night and at daybreak respectively, varied considerably from place to place and even from day to day as the nights grew shorter. Matins for particularly important days in the life of the church could be quite long and elaborate, requiring the service to begin earlier and earlier in order to end by daybreak. Thus the services of Tenebrae, as Matins for Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday, would begin sometime in the evening on Wednesday of Holy Week.

In a monastic community, Matins and Lauds are a part of the regular worship on each and every day, so Tenebrae functions as a particular focus for the prayer already being done on each day. Outside of the monastery, however, different worship patterns prevail. Other obligations inhibit lay attendance at multiple services, and the services of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday already have their own emphases. Thus in the Episcopal Church we keep only the first of the Tenebrae observances, on Wednesday evening, to allow its own function to receive emphasis without conflicting with that of the other services.

Holy Week with Holy Trinity

Passion Sunday (Palm Sunday) – April 13

  • 8 am Eucharist, Rite II (Hugh Page preaching / presiding)
  • 10 am Eucharist, Rite II & Procession w/ Palms (Hugh Page preaching / presiding)
  • 2pm Prayer Walk around the neighborhood—Meet at Epworth UMC

Tuesday in Holy Week – April 15

  • 5:45-6:15pm Confessions in the St. Joseph Chapel*
  • 6:30pm Stations of the Cross
  • 7-8:30pm Soup Supper & Bible Study: How do We Hear God?—Listening for His Voice in the Garden (Matthew 26:36-46)

Wednesday in Holy Week – April 16

  • 6:30 pm Tenebrae (Jim Lodwick and Terri Bays co-presiding)

Maundy Thursday – April 17

  • 6:30 pm Footwashing and Eucharist, Rite II, with Stripping of the Altar (Jim Lodwick preaching and Terri Bays presiding)
  • 9 pm Thursday  – 12 pm Friday  Vigil at the Altar of Repose

Good Friday – April 18

  • 9 pm Thursday  – 12 pm Friday  Vigil at the Altar of Repose
  • 12 pm Passion Gospel, Sermon and Solemn Collects
  • 1 pm Adoration of the Cross
  • 2 pm Communion from the Reserved Sacrament

Holy Saturday – April 19

  • 9 am Propers for Holy Saturday
  • 9 pm Great Vigil of Easter
  • Easter Feast following the Vigil

Easter Sunday – April 20

  • 10 am Eucharist, Rite II (Terri Bays Preaching / Presiding)

This Week with Holy Trinity—Lent V

Sunday, April 6 (Lent V)

  • 8am Low Mass in St. Joseph Chapel—Mtr. Terri Preacher/Celebrant
  • 10am Sung Mass at High Altar—Mtr. Terri Preacher/Celebrant

Tuesday, April 8Stations of the Cross, Soup and Scripture

  • 5:45-6:15pm Confessions in the St. Joseph Chapel*
  • 6:30pm Stations of the Cross
  • 7-8:30pm Soup Supper & Bible Study: How do We Hear God?Mirror, mirror (James 1:17-35)

Sunday, April 13 (Palm Sunday)

  • 8am Low Mass in St. Joseph Chapel—Fr. Hugh Preacher/Celebrant
  • 10am Procession with Palms & Sung Mass at High Altar—Fr. Hugh Preacher/Celebrant
  • 2pm Five-Congregation Prayer Walk around the neighborhood with Palms—Meet at Epworth UMC
  • 4pm Rehearsal for Holy Week Services

 

* Those wishing to make their confessions should gather in the chapel and then go with the priest in turn to another part of the church for greater privacy