Lent is observed for 40 days preceding Easter, commencing with Ash Wednesday. It is a time of repentance (turning around), prayer, self reflection, fasting, and meditating on scripture.
Holy Week is the final week of Lent and immediately prior to Easter. It is a time when the Church remembers the events surrounding Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem, the Last Supper with his disciples, his arrest, torture, crucifixion, death on the cross, and burial.
At St James we celebrate Holy Week beginning with the Sunday of the Passion with the Liturgy of the Palms; Maundy Thursday (7:00 p.m.), with foot washing, remembrance of the Last Supper, and stripping of the altar; and Good Friday (11:00 a.m.) with the veneration of the cross.
On Easter, we celebrate that Christ rose from the grave, broke the chains of death, and gives us the hope of new and everlasting life. We celebrate Easter with a sunrise service and lighting of the new fire, followed by our traditional 8:15 a.m. & 10:00 a.m. Eucharist services.