Greetings in the Name of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ!
As Christ draws near to Jerusalem in our Scripture lessons, we are drawing near to the conclusion of Lent, and even of Passiontide. This coming Sunday is Palm Sunday, immediately followed by Holy Week; next Sunday is Easter: the Feast of the Resurrection. Typically we lead with the Propers (Collect and Lessons) for the day, in this email, but on this occasion – because there will be changes and additions in the services for the week, due to Holy Week observances – we will begin with those.
This email contains:
- Services for Holy Week and Easter.
- Propers (Collect and Lessons).
- Hymns for this Sunday.
- YouTube link for this Sunday’s service.
Services for Holy Week and Easter
Sunday, April 2nd, 10:30 a.m. – Palm Sunday
- Blessing and Distribution of Palms
- Holy Communion
Wednesday, April 5th, 10:00 a.m.
- Holy Communion
- Opportunity for anointing with oil and laying on of hands for healing
Thursday, April 6th, 7:00 p.m. – Maundy Thursday
- Holy Communion
- Stripping of the Altar
- Vigil: 8:00 – 9:00 p.m. – “Could you not watch with me one hour?” (Matthew 26:40)
Friday, April 7th, 12:00 noon* – Good Friday
- Antecommunion, with Solemn Collects of Good Friday
- Reproaches and Veneration of the Cross
- 5:00 p.m. – Stations of the Cross
* Please note time change! There will not be an evening service on Good Friday.
Saturday, April 8th, 7:00 p.m.– Holy Saturday (Easter Even)
- Great Vigil of Easter
- Lighting of the New Fire
- Renewal of Baptismal Vows
- Holy Communion
Sunday, April 9th, 10:30 a.m. – Easter Sunday: Feast of the Resurrection
The Propers for the Sunday next before Easter,
commonly called Palm Sunday.
The Book of Common Prayer 1928.
ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, who of thy tender love towards mankind, hast sent thy Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ, to take upon him our flesh, and to suffer death upon the cross, that all mankind should follow the example of his great humility; Mercifully grant, that we may both follow the example of his patience, and also be made partakers of his resurrection; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
¶ This Collect is to be said every day, after the Collect appointed for the day, until Good Friday.
The Epistle. Phil. ii. 5.
LET this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: but made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant and was made in the likeness of men: and being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
The Gospel. St. Matt. xxvii. 1.
WHEN the morning was come, all the chief priests and elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death: and when they had bound him, they led him away, and delivered him to Pontius Pilate the governor. Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us? see thou to that. And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself. And the chief priests took the silver pieces, and said, It is not lawful for to put them into the treasury, because it is the price of blood. And they took counsel, and bought with them the potter’s field, to bury strangers in. Wherefore that field was called, The field of blood, unto this day. Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying, And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of him that was valued, whom they of the children of Israel did value and gave them for the potter’s field, as the Lord appointed me. And Jesus stood before the governor: and the governor asked him, saying, Art thou the King of the Jews? And Jesus said unto him, Thou sayest. And when he was accused of the chief priests and elders, he answered nothing. Then said Pilate unto him, Hearest thou not how many things they witness against thee? And he answered him to never a word; insomuch that the governor marvelled greatly. Now at that feast the governor was wont to release unto the people a prisoner, whom they would. And they had then a notable prisoner, called Barabbas. Therefore when they were gathered together, Pilate said unto them, Whom will ye that I release unto you? Barabbas, or Jesus which is called Christ? For he knew that for envy they had delivered him. When he was set down on the judgment seat, his wife sent unto him, saying, Have thou nothing to do with that just man: for I have suffered many things this day in a dream because of him. But the chief priests and elders persuaded the multitude that they should ask Barabbas, and destroy Jesus. The governor answered and said unto them, Whether of the twain will ye that I release unto you? They said, Barabbas. Pilate saith unto them, What shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ? They all say unto him, Let him be crucified. And the governor said, Why, what evil hath he done? But they cried out the more, saying, Let him be crucified. When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it. Then answered all the people, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children. Then released he Barabbas unto them: and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the common hall, and gathered unto him the whole band of soldiers. And they stripped him, and put on him a scarlet robe. And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail. King of the Jews! And they spit upon him, and took the reed, and smote him on the head. And after that they had mocked him, they took the robe off from him, and put his own raiment on him, and led him away to crucify him. And as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name: him they compelled to bear his cross. And when they were come unto a place called Golgotha, that is to say, a place of a skull, they gave him vinegar to drink mingled with gall: and when he had tasted thereof, he would not drink. And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots. And sitting down they watched him there; and set up over his head his accusation written, THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS. Then were there two thieves crucified with him, one on the right hand, and another on the left. And they that passed by reviled him, wagging their heads, and saying, Thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days, save thyself. If thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross. Likewise also the chief priests mocking him, with the scribes and elders, said, He saved others; himself he cannot save. If he be the King of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him. He trusted in God; let him deliver him now, if he will have him: for he said, I am the Son of God. The thieves also, which were crucified with him, cast the same in his teeth. Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour. And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? – that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? Some of them that stood there, when they heard that, said, This man calleth for Elias. And straightway one of them ran, and took a spunge, and filled it with vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink. The rest said, Let be, let us see whether Elias will come to save him. Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, and came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many. Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God.
Hymn numbers for Sunday morning are as follows. Hymns are from The Hymnal 1940.
Processional 62 All glory, laud, an honor
Sermon 70 Go to dark Gethsemane
Recessional 64 Ride on! Ride on in majesty
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Additional Announcements for the Week of
Sunday, April 2nd, 2023: Palm Sunday
If you are visiting us – Welcome to Christ Church Anglican, Southern Pines! Thank you for being with us. We are very pleased to have you, and hope that your worship here is a blessing to you. Please sign the guest book on the table in the narthex, and provide appropriate contact information. Include your email address in order to be placed on our parish email list: you won’t be bombarded with mail, but it’s a good way to keep in touch. And may God bless you!
Easter Lilies – This is the last opportunity (this year!) for anyone desiring to purchase Easter lilies, to the glory of God or in honour or memory of a loved one. You can place an envelope in the offering plate labeled “Easter Lilies,” with your name and the names of those you wish to honour, or contact Susan Saulsbury at 410-984-4401. The cost (recommended donation) is $19.
Christian Education – Our ongoing study, “On Being an Anglican,” will be taking a two-week hiatus this week and next, returning the Sunday after Easter (a day commonly known as “Low Sunday”), April 16th. You are warmly invited to join us! Notes (“cheat sheets”) on what we have already covered will be made available to any new members, so don’t think you can’t join our study already in progress.
Vestry Meeting on Saturday, April 8th – Vestry members take note! Although it will Holy Saturday, we shall be holding our regular monthly Vestry meeting at 12:00 noon on Saturday, April 8th. As always, interested members of the parish are welcome to come out and observe the proceedings.
I hope and pray everyone will enjoy a holy and blessed Holy Week!
Faithfully yours in Christ,
Fr. Tom Harbold