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Daily during Holy Week:

  • Watch your Inbox and the St. Dunstan's website and Facebook page for reflections in word, art, and music based on the Gospel passages appointed for each day in Holy Week. This year we will be blessed to hear from the "voices" of some of the people Jesus encounters on His journey to Calvary. Stay tuned!
  • Thanks to our Minister of Music and Organist, Joey Arkfeld, we also will be sharing a daily "playlist" of recordings of beautiful music appropriate for each day. We encourage you to avail yourself of this resource as you observe Holy Week at home.


(Sunday, April 5), Palm Sunday:Palm Sunday 2020

  • Please join me for a live streamed service of Morning Prayer, including the Liturgy of the Palms, beginning at 10 a.m. The service will be broadcast via Facebook Live and may be found on the St. Dunstan's YouTube Channel and Facebook page. Unfortunately, we will not be able to distribute palms this year at St. Dunstan's, but I encourage you to find a green branch (of any kind) that you can raise for vicarious blessing. The Order of Service for tomorrow can be found at this link and will enable you to follow along and participate actively. 

  • You also may want to tune in to the live-streamed 11:15 a.m. service of Holy Eucharist at the Washington National Cathedral, the link for which is here

  • Here is our recommended Palm Sunday "playlist," courtesy of Minister of Music and Organist Joey Arkfeld:

    Organ Sonata No. 3 in A major by F. Mendelssohn

    Ride on King Jesus by H. T. Burleigh

    Ezekiel Saw de Wheel arr. M. Hogan

    Flow my Tears by J. Dowland


Maundy Thursday 2020  Thursday, April 9, Maundy Thursday :

  • ALL St. Dunstan's parishioners are encouraged to join us at 6:30  p.m. for    a Virtual Agape Supper, via Zoom. The Greek word agape means the  abundant  love that God has for each of us, and   in this context it also connotes   the self-sacrificial love poured out by   Jesus on the cross. While we cannot   enjoy   a meal together in the   same space, we can eat a simple supper at the same time   as we hear   the story of the night when Jesus broke bread with His   disciples for   the last time. Our Seminarian, Robin Reed, and I will lead us in   prayer and a simple table blessing over our food.  [Please note: While   we encourage you to have bread and wine at home, this will not be a celebration of the Eucharist. We will rejoice in sharing Communion together again once the church reopens.] Following the Agape Supper, we encourage you to consider washing one another's feet in your own homes; more information will be forthcoming in the coming days. To participate in this special virtual meal, please click on this link on Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

  • Here is our recommended Maundy Thursday "playlist" courtesy of our Minister of Music and Organist, Joey Arkfeld:

Mazurka in D-sharp Minor by A. Scriabin 
"How Beautiful are the Feet" Air from Messiah by G. F. Handel
"Dona Nobis Pacem" from Mass in B Minor by J. S. Bach



Friday, April 10, Good Friday:Good Friday 2020

  • At 4:30 p.m., all St. Dunstan's families are invited to join Robin Reed for a special Good Friday Children's Message, via Zoom. Parents, please click on this link to enable your children to participate.
  • The Story of Holy Week and Easter for Families: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08n4_Q7yy1s
  • At 7:30 p.m., join us via Facebook Live for the Good Friday Liturgy and the reading of the Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John.
  • Here is our recommended "playlist" from our Minister of Music and Organist, Joey Arkfeld:

"Ihr habt nun Traurigkeit" (You now have sadness), ein Deutsches Requiem by J. Brahms

Jesus Remember Me - Taizé
O Sacred Head Sore Wounded by J. S. Bach, trans. J. Gambold


Easter Vigil 2020  Saturday, April 11, Holy Saturday:

  • Unfortunately, St. Dunstan's will not be able to hold the Easter Vigil, even virtually, this year. Those who are familiar with the service will know that it is a sensory-rich experience, and we did not feel as though we could do it justice  remotely. Please watch later in the week for suggestions of Vigil services offeredby other churches. We look forward to celebrating the Great Vigil   together   next year!

  • Here is a recommended "playlist" from our Minister of Music and Organist, Joey Arkfled:

"Pie Jesu" from Requiem Op. 48 by G. Fauré
Quietly, Peacefully after A. Dvorak's Symphony No. 9 in E Minor, Op. 95 by L. True
Jesus Christ is Risen Today
Imperial March by Edward Elgar


Sunday, April 12, Easter Sunday:Easter Morning 2020

  • Next Sunday I will live stream an Easter message the parish at 10 a.m., and then I invite us all to tune in to the Washington National Cathedral for their 11:15 a.m. service for the Feast of the Resurrection. Our Presiding Bishop, the Most Reverend Michael Curry, will preach.
  • Here is our recomended "playlist" from our Minister of Music and Organist, Joey Arkfled:


Be thou my vision by B. Chilcott
"Hallelujah" Chorus from Messiah by G. F. Handel
Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee by Ludwig van Beethoven, text by Henry van Dyke
VI. Final from Symphonie nb. 1 by L. Vierne


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