Holy Week and Easter at Saint James

Observing the Triduum

As we move from Lent into Holy Week and the Triduum, the three-day period from Maundy Thursday evening through Easter evening, we invite you to partake of these activities and worship opportunities to deepen and enrich your journey through Good Friday and into Easter morning.

Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday services begin with a congregational procession into the churchyard with palms and follows the Passion story. The children’s choir also sings during the mass.

Maundy Thursday Family Mass

Our Maundy Thursday celebration includes readings, music, foot washing, and Eucharist in the chapel.

Bible Foods Dinner

Come and experience our Bible Foods Dinner in the parish house forum room after the family foot washing service or before our Maundy Thursday service. Traditionally, lamb and fish are served, and everyone brings a biblically-inspired side dish or dessert to share potluck style.

Maundy Thursday Mass with Foot Washing

This service is the commemoration of the institution of Holy Communion by Jesus as we reflect on his commandment to love one another as He loved us. We recount Jesus’ last supper with the disciples, being betrayed and waiting in the Garden of Gethsemane.

Overnight Vigil

An overnight vigil of prayer and meditation begins at 9 PM with the blessed sacrament. Small groups sign up to “keep watch” in the “garden” with Jesus for one hour in the chapel. The vigil concludes on Friday at 7 AM.

Walk of Witness with Stations of the Cross

We meet in the cloister to begin a contemplative prayer walk commemorating Christ’s journey to the cross. We also reflect on the world’s need for Christ and his resurrection.

The Seven Last Words of Christ

This three-hour devotion on the Seven Last Words of Christ is an Ecumenical service led by the Downtown Ministerium with music presented by Saint James. All are invited to attend. Come and go as you wish.

Good Friday Family Stations of the Cross

Follow Jesus from the Garden of Gethsemane to his death on the cross in this solemn Good Friday service. We will pause at each station in the churchyard to read and to pray with Jesus in his journey to the cross. The service is structured with children and families in mind, but all are welcome. We’ll gather in the cloister to begin our journey.

Veneration of the Cross

This ancient ritual began in the 4th century with a Spanish nun who, on Good Friday, would display parts of the holy wood of the cross on which Christ died, for veneration* by pilgrims. This custom made its way into several liturgies as part of the Triduum, the three-day period from the evening of Maundy Thursday through Easter evening.

We venerate the cross not because Christ died on it, but because by the cross, salvation has entered the whole world. At Saint James, worshippers are invited to come forward to touch,
kiss or kneel before the cross if they wish.

*To regard with great respect.

Easter Vigil and Lighting of the Easter Fire

This is the first and central liturgy of Easter that begins on Saturday night. Beginning in holy darkness out of which the Easter fire is kindled and candles are lit, we recount from our scriptures the saving works of God. Children will hear Godly Play stories in Children’s Chapel and rejoin the congregation to celebrate and share Eucharist. Lights, bells, and incense attend the joyous resurrection celebration that marks the start of fifty days of Easter.

Easter Sunday

8:30 AM Mass (Rite II) with Children’s Chapel
9:30 AM Egg Hunt and celebration with food and fellowship
10:30 AM Mass (Rite II) with Children’s Chapel

In addition to our Sunday 10:30 AM Masses, services with this symbol are also streamed live. Click the Livestream logo, or click here to visit our Livestream page.