Holy Week and Easter 2021 Services
(zoom links to be emailed Monday)
Monday of Holy Week, 7pm: Evening Prayer on Zoom and Facebook, led by Aldon Hynes
Tuesday of Holy Week, 7pm: Evening Prayer on Zoom and Facebook, led by Gretchen Pritchard
Wednesday of Holy Week, 8pm: Compline in the church, also on Zoom and Facebook, led by Paul Hocking. Limited attendance will be allowed, please let the office know if you would like to attend in-person.
Maundy Thursday, 7pm: Rev. Bob and Father Joseph will lead a Maundy Thursday worship service (minus the foot washing and dining) that will conclude with the stripping of the altars in both parishes. Streamed on zoom and Facebook.
10am: Grace and St Peter’s will go on a prayer tour of our neighborhood. You are invited to join the tour this time— limited attendance, masked and distanced. A recorded version will be posted later in the day.
Noon: St Johns will host a traditional Good Friday liturgy, streamed on the St. John's Facebook page.
7pm: Abridged Easter Vigil with hymn sing on the side lawn (social distanced and masked) at St John’s.
8pm: Great Vigil of Easter creative and interactive organized by Gretchen Pritchard (see announcement below).
Easter Sunday, 9am: Easter Holy Eucharist outdoors in the side yard of St John’s.
Update: Great Vigil of Easter via Zoom, Saturday, April 3, 8:00 pm
Plans are shaping up for our interactive online Great Vigil of Easter.
An important feature of this experience is the creation of a shared virtual “sacred space” that will be reflected in each of our separate spaces throughout the liturgy. We are asking participants to prepare by having these simple items at hand to use during the service:
At least one candle, with a burn time of around 90 minutes
A pitcher of water and a bowl to pour it into
A vase or basket of flowers or a bowl of Easter eggs or some other item that symbolizes resurrection
A bell or noisemaker (lids of pots and pans make great gongs!)
Some festive food and drink
Participants will gather online to light candles in our darkened homes; to listen to stories and renew our baptismal vows, then proclaim Christ’s victory, turn on the lights and make noise, and bring out some festive foods and decorative items, each in our own homes, as we anticipate the completion of our worship on Easter morning.
Most of the readings are now spoken for. Expect them to be dramatic and exciting!
If you have any questions, or would like to take a role in this worship service, please get in touch with me (203-624-2520 [home phone] or email@example.com).
Thanks! - Gretchen Pritchard
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On March 19th, Jenn and Allison served a meal of corned beef, cabbage, carrots and potatoes, with bread to soak up the broth. Chocolate cupcakes were served for dessert. Many thanks to the Girls Friendly Society who sponsored the meal! Thanks also to Allison, Jenn and all the Dinner for a Dollar volunteers.
We pray for our ministries at Arden House and Whitney Manor. We pray for our Friday night dinner ministry. We pray for the ministry of Christian Community Action in New Haven, and the families they serve. We pray for our own parish of Grace and St. Peter's.
We pray for those in need of healing:
Andy, Frank, Sharon, Dan, Glenn, Peter, Mary, Mac, Alice, Bernadette, Marge, Sandi, Micki, Matthew, Peter, Nancy, Judy, John, Chukky, Elsie, Joan, Charles, Fiona, Marion, Dan, Debbie, Ellen, Nicole, Cassie, Phillip, Anthony, Mary-Anne, Margaret, Gwennie, Christy, James, Pat L., Ed, Alicia, Sean, Diane, Debbie, Esther, Candice, and Verna. We hold in our hearts all those who mourn.
Joining the Episcopal Church of Connecticut in the cycle of prayer, we pray for: Trinity, Hartford; St. Peter’s, Hebron; St. James’, Higganum; and All Saints’, Ivoryton. We also pray for the Program & Budget Committee, Faith & Order Commission; Convention planning committee; Convention worship committee.