Holy Week At Holy Trinity

Palm Sunday—March 25 at 10am

Eucharist and Procession with Palms

Terri Bays, Preacher/Celebrant

March 27

4-6pm Soup After School

6:30pm Tenebrae

Maundy Thursday—March 29 at 6:30pm

Foot Washing, Eucharist and Stripping of the Altar for Maundy Thursday

Adrien Niyongabo, Preacher

Terri Bays, Celebrant

Vigil at the Altar of Repose

 Thursday, 3/29 at 8pm to Friday, 3/30 at 12pm

 

Good Friday—March 30 12-3pm

Solemn Liturgies

with Solemn Collects, Veneration of the Cross and Mass of the Pre-Sanctified

Terri Bays, Preacher/Celebrant

(7pm Service at St. Michael and All Angels’)

Holy Saturday—March 31

10am Liturgy for Holy Saturday

10:30-2pm Parish Clean-up Day

with Pot-Luck Lunch

8:15pm Easter Vigil

Terri Bays, Preacher/Celebrant

Easter Sunday—April 1 10am

Eucharist

Terri Bays, Preacher/Celebrant

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Holy Week at Holy Trinity

Passion Sunday (Palm Sunday) – March 29

  • 10 am Eucharist, Rite II & Procession w/ Palms (Terri Bays preaching / presiding)

Tuesday in Holy Week – March 31

  • 5:45-6:15pm Confessions
  • 6:30pm Eucharist
  • 7:15-8:30pm Bible Study

Wednesday in Holy Week – April 1

  • 6:30 pm Blue Shadows—Tenebrae Service with original compositions by Hugh Page performed live by the Oblates of Blues

Maundy Thursday – April 2

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

 

Good Friday – April 3

  • 9 pm Thursday – 12 pm Friday: Vigil at the Altar of Repose
  • 12 pm Good Friday Liturgies, including the Passion Gospel, Sermon and Solemn Collects, Adoration of the Cross and Communion from the Reserved Sacrament (Jim Lodwick and Stewart Clem co-officiants)

 

Holy Saturday – April 4

  • 9 am Propers for Holy Saturday
  • 9:30am Parish Work Day with Pot Luck lunch
  • 8 pm Great Vigil of Easter
  • Easter Feast following the Vigil

Easter Sunday – April 5

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

Blue Shadows

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We hope that you will join us at 6:30pm on Wednesday of Holy Week (April 1) for the debut of these original blues compositions by Hugh Page, performed live by the Oblates of Blues.

Tenebrae (Latin for “shadows” is taken from the office of Matins and Lauds during the last three days of Holy Week. With readings from the book of Lamentations, Tenebrae focuses on the mourning withdrawal of the apostles from Jesus in the hours of his Passion. This spiritually moving service is thus particularly well-suited to the blues idiom.

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)

Lenten Services at the Church of the Holy Trinity

cross of ashesMarch 5—Ash Wednesday—Eucharist with Imposition of Ashes

  • 12pm—Rev. Canon John Schramm Preacher and Celebrant
  • 6:30pm—Rev. Dr. Terri Bays Preacher and Celebrant

March 11 & 18, April 1, 8 & 15—Tuesday Evenings in Lent —Stations, Soup and Scripture

  • 5:30-6:15pm Confessions
  • 6:30pm Stations of the Cross
  • 7:00pm Soup Supper & Bible Study

March 25—Feast of the Annunciation—Joint Service with the Episcopal Parishes of St. Joseph County, hosted by the Cathedral of St. James

  • 6:30pm Festal Eucharist
  • 117. N. Lafayette Blvd. South Bend, IN 46610

Holy Week

April 16—Wednesday in Holy Week—Tenebrae Service, 6:30pm

April 17—Maundy Thursday

  • Foot Washing, Eucharist and Stripping of the Altar, 6:30pm
  • Vigil at the Altar of Repose, 9pm – noon
  • April 18—Good Friday—Solemn Liturgies
    • 12pm—Passion Gospel, Sermon and Solemn Collects
    • 1pm—Adoration of the Cross and Solemn Reproaches
    • 2pm—Communion from the Reserved Sacrament

April 19—Holy Saturday—Great Vigil of Easter 9pm

April 20—Easter Sunday—Festal Easter Eucharist 10am