Holy Week

Palm Sunday
Services at 7:45 , 8:45 and 11:00 am. Palm Parade with downtown churches is at 10:00 am.

Palm Sunday is the beginning of Holy Week and is the most passionate and intense period in the Christian year. The story told during the week remembers the final days of Jesus’ life, his death and resurrection. It is the bedrock of the Christian faith.  It is our opportunity to relive the events, experience the feelings generated by the story and reaffirm personal faith. The joy and renewal of Easter Sunday is enhanced by the experience of the services of Holy Week.  We encourage you to take part in all of the services of this special week.

The interactive version of the Gospel recounting the final hours of Jesus’  life will be read at all services. At 10:15 am, members of Trinity and other local churches participate in the Liturgy of the Palms and the parade through downtown Staunton. At the 11:00 am service, the youth and adult choirs will sing.

Maundy Thursday
7:30 pm. This service is the celebration of the institution of the sacrament of the Eucharist by Jesus at the last supper. The tradition of foot washing at the service reinforces Jesus’ mandate to humbly love and serve one another. The altar is stripped of finery to stand unadorned through the gravity and solemnity of the coming hours when Jesus was betrayed, tried and crucified.

All Night Vigil
The all night vigil begins at the end of the Maundy Thursday service. Please sign up for the vigil at the back of the church. The vigilants sit through the night in one (or more) hour sessions. This silent vigil is a witness to the dark hours Jesus spent in the Garden of Gethsemane when he asked the disciples to stay awake with him and they did not. The church is locked during the vigil, so please sign up in advance.

Good Friday
The Way of the Cross starts in front of the Woodrow Wilson Birthplace eat 11:00am, service at 12:00 noon: The Way of the Cross moves through town to Trinity Church, a symbol of Christ’s  journey to Golgotha, the place of his crucifixion.

The Good Friday service begins at 12:00 noon. The solemn service is followed by silent prayer in the church until 3:00 pm, representing the time Jesus hung on the cross. The Good Friday offering supports the work of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem.

The Altar Guild comes to the church at 3:00 and prepare the altar for the Easter services. The altar will be transformed from austerity to exuberance in celebration of the joy of the resurrection of Jesus.

Easter Eve
Service at 8:00 p.m. The Great Vigil of Easter is one of the oldest services of the Christian tradition and recounts the relationship of God to humanity and the spiritual light that was brought to the world by the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

After the great Vigil there is a party in McCracken Hall. The Agape Feast is a special time to share the joy and friendship of our parish family. Please bring finger food or wine to share.

Easter Day
The Sunday of the Resurrection – Services will be at 7:45 am, 8:45 am and 11:00 am.
Please bring cut flowers to adorn the cross in the church.

The youth and adult choirs will sing at the 11:00 am service.

The Easter Egg Hunt for the children is held in the churchyard at 10:30 am. Please bring plastic eggs to the Parish House during Holy Week for this event.

May you and your family experience the blessings of faith and hope during Holy Week.