We held six services during Holy Week, commemorating Jesus’ finals days before his death, and resurrection.
Sunday, April 14, 10 a.m
The traditional Liturgy of the Palms service began with everyone picking up a fresh palm leaf to wave during the processional and includes The Passion Gospel from the book of Luke.
Maundy Thursday, April 18, 7 p.m.
The Maundy Thursday Service is 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)
Following the ancient tradition, based on Jesus’ washing of the disciples feet, the congregation is offered the option of having their feet washed by The Rev. Steve Hayward or by someone else of their choice as well.
The service ends on a poignant note as the altar and all decorative furnishings are removed and the lights dimmed; communicants leave in silence.
Friday, April 19, noon. The Good Friday Ecumenical Service is 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.
At 5:00 p.m. we had an Episcopal Liturgy Service. The Passion Gospel was read, followed by the solemn Collects which date back to the 3rd and 4th Centuries. The service concluded with brief devotions and a final prayer.
Saturday, April 20, 7 p.m. Easter Vigil
The service began in darkness as the new light of Christ’s radiance was 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.
Easter Morning Sunday, April 21, 10 a.m
A Festival Eucharist will be held as the high point of the week. Jesus’ resurrection is celebrated with word, special music, and flowers symbolizing Christ’s new life among us.