palm-sunday-2010-24.jpgJoin us on Sunday morning, April 17, for ONE SERVICE at 10:00am as we kick off our Holy Week with the Celebration of Holy Eucharist and the Blessing of the Palms for Palm Sunday. Palm Sunday, also known as Passion Sunday, is the day that we celebrate Christ’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem, and like those who ushered Jesus in on that very day, so too do we wave our palm leaves and sing our “Hosannas” to celebrate our Lord and King.

“Hosanna” (pronounced “ho-SAHN-a,” not “hose-anna”) in the Hebrew language means “O save now!” and we invite Christ to come and do that for us again as he has done so many times before. However, Palm Sunday is not without it’s mystery. While we are jubilant in our praises during the Liturgy of the Palms, after our procession, we enter into the church to hear once again the Passion of our Lord.

There is a tension between celebrating Jesus in one moment, and then shouting “Crucify him!” in the next breath. Thus is our human condition as we start Holy Week. Before we arrive at the beauty of Easter, we must walk once again with Jesus to the cross. We invite you to experience that tension and engage that holy mystery. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!

Join us on the front lawn of the church at 10:00am to begin our celebration of the Blessing of the Palms, then process with us into the church, waving your palms. Also, the Readers of St. Nicholas will read the entire Passion Narrative from the Gospel of Matthew in parts, which is always a treat and a neat way for the congregation to enter into the story.
Then, join us every evening at St. Nicholas at 6:30 for our Holy Week Services. Holy Week is one of the most important weeks of the church year. Please join us the week of April 17-22 as we walk the last mile with Christ to the Cross. We will have services every day from Holy Monday to Good Friday.

Monday, April 18: Holy Eucharist at 6:30pm with acoustic music by Fr. Jeff.

Tuesday, April 19: Holy Eucharist at 6:30pm with acoustic music by Fr. Jeff.

Wednesday, April 20: Stations of the Cross at 6:30pm led by the Acolytes of St. Nicholas

Thursday, April 21: Maundy Thursday Holy Eucharist at 6:30pm with Footwashing and the Stripping of the Altar

Friday, April 22: Good Friday Eucharist from the Reserved Sacrament at 6:30pm

Make this year’s Holy Week the most meaningful ever!
Check out pictures from last year’s Palm Sunday:
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