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Why do we worship on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday?

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Why do we worship on Thursday, Friday and Saturday?

The Triduum … What is it and why you should be present?

Triduum is a Latin word meaning three days. Three days you say? - I count four! True, but the days are counted from sundown to sundown. So the days do not begin until sundown on Thursday and conclude with sundown on Sunday - giving us three days. The three services are really all one, just carried out over these days. This is emphasized by the fact that there is no dismissal on Maundy Thursday or Good Friday. In that way the church emphasizes the importance of being present for all of these liturgies. A play with three acts - there are just longer intermissions. We know about these liturgies because in the 4th century a Spanish pilgrim named Egeria recorded in her journals her experiences in Jerusalem of what we refer to as Holy Week.

Maundy Thursday

The name comes from the Latin word, mandatum, which refers to the new commandment that Christ gives to the disciples in John 13:34 - “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.”  This text was appointed in the prayer book to be sung as an antiphon during the footwashing, and came to be called “the Maundy” in medieval England.  The proper liturgy for this day celebrates the events of the Last Supper - which includes the footwashing and the institution of the Eucharist.  The liturgy concludes with the stripping of the altar. The ornaments of the sanctuary are removed leaving it bare and empty for Good Friday.

Good Friday

The observance of the Friday before Easter as a commemoration of the crucifixion has its roots in 4th century Jerusalem. Before that time, Easter was a unitive celebration of the passion and resurrection. Our Good Friday Liturgy includes prayers invited by the deacon for the Church and the World, and the ancient Solemn Collects which gather all our prayers in one. Tonight we also use a simple version of the Stations of the Cross, and chants from the Taizé Christian community in France.  The liturgy ends with a simple prayer and silence.

The Great Vigil of Easter

Probably the most dramatic liturgy in our Book of Common Prayer, this liturgy includes fire, story, water and the first Eucharist of Easter.  Traditionally the rite took the entire night - after sundown and ending at sunrise - ours will take much less time.  We bring outside and strike flint and steel to make our fire. Then we hear stories of salvation and move into the parish hall.  Finally we enter the church in its Easter glory and sing the first Alleluias and renew our baptisms with the sprinkling of water and share bread and wine around the altar.



Holy Week

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6:30 p.m. Maundy Thursday, April 2
Supper + Washing + Do This + Watch

7:30 p.m. Good Friday, April 3
Cross + Candles + Prayer + Song

7:30 p.m. The Great Vigil of Easter, April 4
Fire + Water + Story + Bread & Wine


Since the earliest days the church, the Triduum (three days) has been celebrated to give all the experience of walking with Jesus from the Last Supper with his disciples to the Resurrection on Easter morning. These three liturgies are meant to be experienced as one - like a play with three acts - only our intermissions are a bit longer. 

You are invited to come and experience the story by participating in many different actions, word and song. Because of the experiential nature of these liturgies, they are one of the best ways to form our faith and especially the faith of children and youth. So, mark the times and days on your family's calendar and immerse yourself in the greatest story - the love of God for all of us.



Lenten Offerings

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Lenten Offerings ... 



Ashes and Music

On February 19 children will gather for a special time to experience Ashes and sing with Fr. Jeff beginning at 5:45 p.m. Parents are welcome to join this experiential time or gather for conversation and refreshments in the kitchen.  


"The Lord's Supper" follows at 6:30 p.m. A simple supper for all ages between the Children's Choir and Adult Choir rehearsals. This will be followed by Good Night God prayers at 7:10 p.m. Please sign-up as soon as possible here.


Adult Choir Rehearsals 

7:30 p.m. each Thursday evening in Lent. All are welcome to join the choir and those who wish to sing for Easter services are encouraged to come for the first 30 minutes of rehearsal time.


Evening Bible Study ... Living Well through Lent

Thursday evening from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.  Sue will facilitate the conversation and each participant will be given a devotional program with daily reflections on the Sunday gospels focusing on practicing resilience with all our heart, soul, strength, and mind.  Please be in contact with Sue to join this group or sign-up at church.  At least 8 persons must commit to hold this study.


Daily Lenten Morning Prayers

At 8 a.m. each weekday in Lent St. Dunstan's offers parishioner-led Morning Prayer, a brief quiet service with scriptures and psalms. Why not consider stopping by one morning a week on your way to work or after dropping off the kids for a few moments of candle-lit peace and prayer at the back of the church. Enjoy 20 minutes of peace before stepping out into the world.


Other Lenten reflections and growing opportunities ...


Lent Madness - vote for your favorite saint, learn about their life and witness, and explore legends, quirks, quotes and even enjoy saintly kitsch. Find out all you need to know to make an informed selection.


Two great devotions sites for youth: d365 a daily devotional specifically designed for youth and young adults.  Produced by Passport, Inc. and sponsored by the youth offices of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, the Presbyterian Church (USA), and The Episcopal Church.  

 Videos for your Soul are particularly posted for youth and young adults, but can be used by people of all ages.  You may visit the site daily or just once, and subscribe to receive a daily email with the video of the day.

Lenten Daily Calendars are a great way to keep track of the 40 days and participate in various prayer practices and giving. These are available in Founders' Hall.


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