The Episcopal church calendar observes certain special days every year that are especially important to our faith. Following this cyclical pattern of days connects us with Christ’s church as it has gathered for centuries before us. Our practice is both ancient and modern; time is both a circle and an arrow moving forward.

The special days are:

Lent, Holy Week, and Easter

Ash Wednesday: Holy Eucharist at 5pm (Children’s Service) and 7pm (Traditional Service).

Palm Sunday: Holy Eucharist at 8:00 am and 10:00 am — the 10:00 am service is especially festive to commemorate the day.

Holy Week: Simple morning Eucharist at 7:30 am Monday-Friday to start your day with prayers and liturgy.

The Paschal Triduum: Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil — by tradition, these three days are celebrated as one continuous service. There is one bulletin that covers all three days. We commemorate the Last Supper, remember the sacrifice of our Lord’s crucifixion, and wait in hope to celebrate his resurrection. Together, it is not three separate events to observe, but one continuous liturgy over three days.

Maundy Thursday: Holy Eucharist at 7:00 pm with foot washing, stripping of the altar, and reserving of the Sacrament.

Good Friday: Services at 12:00 pm and 7:00 pm, with communion from the Reserved Sacrament and veneration of the Cross.

The Great Vigil of Easter: Holy Eucharist Saturday at 7:00 pm with the lighting of the new fire and the reading of our salvation history. It is the highest liturgical service in the Christian year. A celebratory reception follows.

Easter Sunday: Holy Eucharist at 8:00 am and 10:00 am.


Christmas Eve: Holy Eucharist at 4:00 pm and 10:00 pm.

Christmas Day: Holy Eucharist at 10:00 am.


Feast Days and Special Celebrations

We commemorate a number of special days throughout the year, such as Peace Sunday in honor of the United Nations’ International Day of Peace, Blessing of the Animals in honor of the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi, and Service Sunday in honor of our many volunteers.

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