Holy Week Mass at Trinity Cranford

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Holy Week at Trinity Cranford March 24th– 31st, 2013

Trinity Episcopal Church invites everyone to come and celebrate Holy Week at Trinity.  Trinity is located at 119 Forest Avenue (the corner of North and Forest Avenues) in Cranford, NJ.  All Services are celebrated by The Reverend Dr. Gina Walsh-Minor, Rector of Trinity Episcopal Church.  “Join us to feel the Grace of God throughout each day of this exceptional week beginning with Jesus’ triumphant entrance into Jerusalem, a meditative celebration of the Holy Eucharist on Monday, feel the healing touch of Christ at our Healing Liturgy & Mass, and then witness the light seemingly begin to fade at the service of Tenebrae,” said Mother Gina.  “Join the disciples gathered for the last supper on Maundy Thursday, discover something about what is meant by “good” about Good Friday….All culminating with the joyful celebration of the Resurrection on Easter morning,” she continued. All are welcome!

The Holy Week Service Schedule is:

Sunday, March 24th:   Palm Sunday Liturgy 8:00 AM  Mass and 10 AM Mass

Begin Holy Week at Trinity Episcopal Church with the power of the Passion story on Palm Sunday. Participate in the distribution of palm frons to commemorate Jesus' arrival in Jerusalem. Join us as we gather together holding Blessed Palms, praising God and celebrating both Word and Holy Sacrament. Mass will be held at 8:00 AM Rite I Liturgy and 10:00 AM Rite II Liturgy with Choral Singing.

Monday March 25th:  Holy Eucharist Rite II – 7:30 PM

Keeping this week holy, we offer this simple quiet evening Liturgy Mass to remind us of our call to give thanks for God’s gift of His Son, Jesus Christ. 

Tuesday March26th: Healing Service Liturgy & Holy Eucharist – 7:30 PM

This meditative Liturgy offers prayers, supplication and intercessions to “those who, in this transitory life, are in trouble, sorrow, need, sickness, or any other adversity (page 329, BCP), and includes the laying on of hands as well as the celebration of Holy Eucharist.

Wednesday March27th: Tenebrae – 7:30 PM

Tenebrae means “shadows” or “darkness.”  That is a perfect title for a service that prepares us so well, in heart, mind, even in body, for the three days when the Light seemed to fade.  It is a haunting service of readings of Scripture and psalms.  The most conspicuous feature of the service is the gradual extinguishing of the candles and other lights in the church until only a single candle, considered a symbol of Christ, remains.  Toward the end of the service this candle is hidden, typifying the apparent victory of the forces of evil. 

 Thursday March 28th: Agape Meal Maundy Thursday – 7:00 PM followed by the Vigil

The word “Maundy” comes from the Latin mandatum which means “command.”  Beginning with Jesus’ command to serve each other, the evening will begin with the ritual of hand washing and foot washing, showing us the true meaning of servant hood.  Then we will gather as a faith family around a common meal where we will continue in The Breaking of the Bread and Sharing the Cup—a celebration of Holy Eucharist.  At the close of this service,  we will go into the Church and strip the altar while saying Psalm 22.  The Blessed Sacrament will be placed in the Reserve Tabernacle in Witherington Chapel.  Those who wish to stay, pray, and keep the Garden Vigil as the Apostles were asked, may do so. 

Friday March29th: Good Friday –   12 Noon  & 7:30 PM

Trinity Church will remain open for prayer, meditation, and reflection from 12 noon to 3:00 PM.  Come, sit, and hear the story that brought us together as followers of Jesus. 

 The Good Friday Liturgy at 7:30 PM includes readings of the Passion according to St. John, praying  the Solemn Collects,  and with the distribution of Holy Communion which is held in reserve tabernacle.  The service concludes in silence

Sunday March 31st: Easter

8:00 AM - Holy Eucharist Rite I with Choral Music

10:00 AM  - Holy Eucharist Rite II with Choir

Join in this joy-filled celebration of the Resurrection of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. ALLELUIA!! 

Trinity Episcopal Church is a family church that has been serving the needs of Cranford area families for generations since 1872.  Sunday services are at 8 AM Mass  Rite I (said)  and 10 AM Mass Rite II (Sung) and are celebrated by The Reverend Gina Walsh-Minor, Rector, Trinity Episcopal Church.  Everyone is cordially invited to attend. For more information about Trinity, please call 908-276-4047 or visit www.trinitycranford.org.

Trinity Parish serves our community through the sponsorship of Trinity Episcopal Day School (TEDS) for area families. TEDS is a state licensed facility serving children from 2 1/2 years through Kindergarten, providing a nurturing, learning environment which promotes intellectual, emotional, social, spiritual and physical growth. Program options include Full or 1/2 days from 2-5 days a week, extended Hours: 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM, and Kindergarten Wrap Around. For more information about TEDS, please cal 908-276-2881 or visit http://www.tedscranford.org 


Trinity Episcopal Church Holy Week Schedule

Sunday March 24th – Palm Sunday - 8:00 AM Mass (Holy Eucharist Rite I) & 10:00 AM Mass (Holy Eucharist Rite II)

Monday March 25th:  Holy Eucharist Rite II – 7:30 PM

Tuesday March 26th: Healing Service Liturgy & Holy Eucharist – 7:30 PM

Wednesday March 27thth – 7:30 PM: The Service of Tenebrae

Thursday March 28th – 7:00 PM: Maundy Thursday & Agape Meal followed by the Vigil

Friday March 29th – 7:30 PM: Good Friday Liturgy

Sunday March 31st – Easter - 8:00 AM Mass (Holy Eucharist Rite I) & 10:00 AM Mass (Holy Eucharist Rite II)

At Trinity Episcopal Church

119 Forest Avenue (corner of North & Forest Aves.), Cranford, NJ

All are invited to attend

For more information contact:

(908) 276-4047

Or visit http://www.trinitycranford.org


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