Holy Week & Easter At-Home

Videos & Downloadable Resources

Dear Friends,

In the extraordinary time in which we are living, it is deeply disturbing that we will not be able to gather physically as a community to celebrate Holy Week. As I have said before, despite that reality and regret, I truly believe this year offers us the opportunity to experience how that week was lived by Jesus. As we move, ever so slowly, through this time, we continue to hold the central mystery of our faith before us. The Dying-Rising event of Easter is the center and meaning of our Christian identity. While we, like Jesus, are not where and how we would prefer to be, we are here none-the-less. We ask not that our will, but God’s be done. Though we will not be together in body, we will be gathered in mind and spirit to enter into this Holy Triduum (three days as one) celebration of death and resurrection. 

We will celebrate these mysteries as the Body of Christ knowing so well the gift and sacrifice Jesus made for our sake. The liturgies of Holy Week will be posted on St. Paul’s website

The schedule is as follows:

Thursday, April 9th, Maundy Thursday (readings, prayers, homily, music and the Stripping of the Altar) – Downloadable Service Folder

Friday, April 10th, A Good Friday Liturgy (reading of the Passion, Solemn Collects, homily, and music) Downloadable Service Folder
Homily “The Crown of Thorns and the Coronavirus”

“A Vigil for Easter” Saturday, April 11th
Downloadable Service Folder of the traditional Vigil.
Homily at the Vigil
“A Vigil for Easter” is an adaptation of some elements of the traditional “Great Vigil of Easter” for use without a congregation present. “A Vigil for Easter” included the lighting of the new fire, lighting of the Paschal Candle, readings, prayers, homily, and “Christ lag in todesbanden” by J.S. Bach, performed on the Schantz Organ by Canon Joseph A. Kucharski, Director of Liturgy and Music.
The Reverend W. Bradley Toebben – Presider and Homilist
Canon Joseph A. Kucharski – Director of Liturgy and Music
Mr. Tedd L. King – Associate Organist
Choral Scholars of St. Paul’s Church

Sunday, April 12th, “An Easter Evening Liturgy” (readings, prayers, homily, and music)
Downloadable Service Order
Homily for an Easter Evening.

I hope you will join us in mind, spirit, and presence as we celebrate together as St. Paul’s. Each Sunday is Easter and we will celebrate in traditional style when we can come together as one body. My prayers for you as we continue this journey. As Jesus reminds us: “I will not leave you as orphans. I will be with you always.”