Lent, Holy Week and Easter at St. Stephen’s
The services of Holy Week – from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday — were originally developed by a priest called Cyril, who was Bishop of Jerusalem in the 4th century. Pilgrims from around the world would travel to Jerusalem to visit the places where Jesus spent his last days, creating a pastoral and liturgical opportunity for the Churches of that holy city; Cyril’s contributions to Christian worship were intended to offer some structure and continuity to the experience of those visiting pilgrims. Bearing this in mind can help us as we prepare to participate in those same services of remembrance, devotion, and worship. I strongly encourage you to consider yourself a pilgrim at heart and participate in as many services as you can — taken together they function like five acts of a great play, or parts of a single, great liturgy which comprise a complete picture of Christian spirituality and discipleship. Once we enter Palm Sunday, we remain inside the story of Holy Week, as each liturgy prefigures the next, and we are not “dismissed” until Christ is raised from the dead on Easter. Consider especially being part of the Triduum of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Easter Vigil (the true service of the Resurrection), whose prayers and readings represent the high point of the Christian year.
March 29, Palm Sunday
8:00 a.m. & 10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist and Palm Procession
April 2, Maundy Thursday
6:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist and Stripping of the Altar
April 3, Good Friday
12:00 noon Good Friday Liturgy & children’s program
7:00 p.m. Good Friday Liturgy
April 4, Holy Saturday
7:00 p.m. The Great Vigil and First Eucharist of Easter
April 5, Easter Sunday
~ Note: service times are different from our regular Sunday services
7:30 a.m. Choral Holy Eucharist
9:00 a.m. Choral Holy Eucharist, Family Service, Children’s Homily
11:00 a.m. Choral Holy Eucharist
Welcome to St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church!
We invite you to come and join us this Sunday morning at 8am or 10am and stay for coffee hour in the parish hall. We have childcare for little ones and Sunday School for children during the 10:00am service.
We are a parish of members from throughout Lamorinda and the surrounding area.
We are a learning community, a worshiping community, and a serving community. We invite you to explore our website, and contact us with any questions. More importantly, we invite you to worship with us soon! No matter where you are on your faith journey, there is a place for you in this community.