Next week begins the most significant week of liturgical commemorations in Christian tradition, Holy Week.
Liturgical churches (churches that worship following a biblical church year calendar and a prescribed sequence of worship or liturgy) commemorate the week between Palm Sunday and Easter through intensely beautiful and spiritually moving services that bring to mind the true significance of Christ’s entrance into Jerusalem for the celebration of Passover (Palm Sunday), the supper he shared with his disciples (Maundy Thursday), Jesus’ prayers in the Garden of Gethsemene as he awaited his arrest (The Good Friday Vigil), Jesus’ crucifixion (Good Friday), the Passover from ultimate darkness into light — celebrating our redemption (The Great Vigil of Easter), and the resurrection of Christ (Easter Day).
For those of the Christian faith, Easter is the ultimate holy commemoration, the moment when God’s ultimate sacrifice has been made for the people he loves and they are restored to God’s redeeming grace. It is a beginning, marking a new journey of faith in Christ, a renewed commitment to take up the cross and follow him.
St. Patrick’s offers Holy Week services this week. Today (Maundy Thursday), at 6 p.m., the commemoration of the Last Supper will conclude with the overnight vigil in a chapel set up in the parish hall. All are invited to come and pray during the night, remembering Christ in the Garden of Gethsemene awaiting the arrival of the soldiers.
On Friday, at 5:30 p.m. an organ recital of solemn sacred music will be offered by organist, Sally Neel, preceding the 6 p.m. Good Friday service.
On Saturday, at 7:30 p.m., The Great Vigil of Easter, a beautiful and dramatic service of readings, music, and Holy Eucharist, will celebrate the journey from darkness into light. These services will culminate at 10 a.m. on Easter Day with the celebration of the resurrection of Christ from the dead. A nursery is provided for the Easter Day service.
On Easter Day, children are invited to arrive at 9 a.m. For an Easter egg hunt on the church grounds. Those attending the Easter service are encouraged to bring fresh flowers to adorn the cross, signifying new life in Christ.
St. Patrick’s is located at 225 S. Pagosa Blvd. next to the hospital. For more information about St. Patrick’s or about Holy Week services, call 731-5801.