St. Francis by the Sea held four services during Holy Week, commemorating Jesus’ finals days before his death, and resurrection. These services are: Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, an Easter Vigil, and an Easter Sunday Celebration. Click on “Continue reading” to see photos, videos and hear sermons and the special Stations of the Cross!
Thursday, April 2, 7 p.m. The Maundy Thursday Service was held to commemorate Jesus’ last supper with his friends and his commandment, “As I have loved you, you should also love one another.” (John 13:34). Hear the Maundy Thursday sermon by the Rev. Steve Hayward by clicking here.
Following the ancient tradition, based on Jesus’ washing of the disciples feet, the congregation was offered the option of having their feet washed by The Rev. Claudia Wyatt Smith or by someone else of their choice as well.
The service ended on a poignant note as the altar and all decorative furnishings were removed and the lights were dimmed; communicants left in silence.
Friday, April 3, noon. The Good Friday Ecumenical Service was held to commemorate Jesus’ crucifixion.
Clergy and members of the congregations of the First Baptist and First Congregational churches in Blue Hill joined those from St. Francis in a deeply meaningful service of The Stations of the Cross.
Using the various medium of art, music, prayers and meditation, this service enabled participants to walk the final steps of Jesus on his way to the cross, without ever leaving their seats.
Saturday, April 4, 7 p.m. Easter Vigil The service begins in darkness as the new light of Christ’s radiance is ignited marking Jesus’ passing over from death to life.
It is by this light that the sacred story of God’s saving acts is told, prayer and praise are offered, and we celebrate the Easter sacraments of Baptism and Eucharist. Drawing on this ancient tradition, therefore, this service becomes the first celebration of Jesus’s resurrection at Easter. Click Here to Hear Rev. Claudia Wyatt Smith’s Great Easter Vigil Sermon
Sunday, April 5, 10 a.m. A Festival Eucharist was held as the high point of the week. Jesus’ resurrection was celebrated with word, special music, and flowers symbolizing Christ’s new life among us.