Holy Week 2016 at St. Margaret’s

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Whoever you are, wherever you find yourself on the journey of life, we look forward to walking the way of the cross together this week. Click on arrows below for more information.

  • Mar. 20: Palm Sunday
    On Palm Sunday, we recall Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem, when onlookers through palms at in his path as a sign that they viewed him as royalty. The service changes abruptly mid-way through and recounts the Passion (suffering) of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew.
    • 8 a.m.: Holy Eucharist
      Music includes hymns but no choir. Holy Eucharist means the sharing of bread and wine, in which we believe Christ’s body and blood to be present.
      Rite One
      Rite One means that form of the service includes Elizabethan English and a reformation era theology of sin and redemption.
      (Church
      The church is the largest building on our campus at 47535 Hwy. 74 in Palm Desert, Calif., and you can find plenty of parking in the adjacent lot. For directions, see the building marked in yellow on our campus map.
      )
    • 10 a.m.: Holy Eucharist
      Music includes full choir and organ. Holy Eucharist means the sharing of bread and wine, in which we believe Christ’s body and blood to be present.
      Rite Two
      Rite Two means that form of the service includes contemporary and familiar English and an understanding of our relationship to God that includes the wisdom and traditions of the Church and its people that have been given to us since the 16th century.
      (Church
      The church is the largest building on our campus at 47535 Hwy. 74 in Palm Desert, Calif., and you can find plenty of parking in the adjacent lot. For directions, see the building marked in yellow on our campus map.
      )
  • Mar. 21: Monday in Holy Week
    • 10 a.m.: Holy Eucharist
      Small and intimate worship without music. Holy Eucharist means the sharing of bread and wine, in which we believe Christ’s body and blood to be present.
       (St. Margaret's Chapel
      Our chapel is a replica of the built by St. Margaret of Scotland in Edinburgh, and is a gift of the Firestone family. It’s located on the lower level of the main church building, and is accessible by a side entrance behind the stairs on the parking lot side of the building. For directions, see the building marked in yellow on our campus map.
      )
  • Mar. 22: Tuesday in Holy Week
    • 10 a.m.: Holy Eucharist
      Small and intimate worship without music. Holy Eucharist means the sharing of bread and wine, in which we believe Christ’s body and blood to be present.
       (St. Margaret's Chapel
      Our chapel is a replica of the built by St. Margaret of Scotland in Edinburgh, and is a gift of the Firestone family. It’s located on the lower level of the main church building, and is accessible by a side entrance behind the stairs on the parking lot side of the building. For directions, see the building marked in yellow on our campus map.
      )
  • Mar. 23: Wednesday in Holy Week
    • 10 a.m.: Holy Eucharist
      Small and intimate worship without music. Holy Eucharist means the sharing of bread and wine, in which we believe Christ’s body and blood to be present.
       and Intercessory Prayer for Healing
      Intercession means offering our prayers to God on behalf of another person. In this service, we focus on those who need God’s healing for body, mind, or spirit.
       (St. Margaret's Chapel
      Our chapel is a replica of the built by St. Margaret of Scotland in Edinburgh, and is a gift of the Firestone family. It’s located on the lower level of the main church building, and is accessible by a side entrance behind the stairs on the parking lot side of the building. For directions, see the building marked in yellow on our campus map.
      )
    • 2 p.m.: Interfaith Passover Seder
      Rabbi Richard Zionts of the Har-El Institute steps us through a Passover seder while the Rector connects this ancient Jewish tradition to the events of Holy Week.
      Registration Required
      This event requires setting places for each person. Please call the Parish Secretary to let us know if you’re coming.
      (Karns Hall
      The site of the original worship space of St. Margaret’s, Karns Hall is the building at the head of Haystack Rd. in Palm Desert, Calif., and you can find plenty of parking in the adjacent lot. For directions, see the building marked in green on our campus map.
      )
    • 7 p.m.: Meditative Prayer
      Care for your soul. Our service includes candlelight, prayers, readings, silence, and soft music. The service offers a wonderful opportunity to be silent and center on the Lord.
      (Church
      The church is the largest building on our campus at 47535 Hwy. 74 in Palm Desert, Calif., and you can find plenty of parking in the adjacent lot. For directions, see the building marked in yellow on our campus map.
      )
  • Mar. 24: Maundy Thursday
    The night before Jesus was crucified, he gathered his disciples for what we now call the Last Supper. He washed their feet as an act of humility and service, and commanded them to do the same, giving them a “new commandment” (Latin “maundtum novum,” from which the word “maundy” is derived) to love one another. Jesus then reframed their Passover celebration by telling them that the bread and wine they shared were his body and blood, and commanded them to remember him whenever they eat and drink bread and wine together. See Exodus 12:1-14a1 Corinthians 11:23-32John 13:1-15, and Luke 22:14-30 for the scriptural basis of our observance.
    • 7 p.m.: Holy Eucharist and Foot Washing
      Solemn worship with full choir. A very moving worship experience. Holy Eucharist means the sharing of bread and wine, in which we believe Christ’s body and blood to be present. This service recalls the Exodus context of the Passover meal Jesus was celebrating with his disciples the night before his crucifixion, his New Commandment to love one another, his example of washing the disciples feet, and the institution of the Holy Eucharist. At the end of the service, the lights are dimmed slowly as we hear the words of Psalm 22, and the ministers strip the altar, reminding us of the hurried Exodus of God’s people from Egypt, and the scattering of Jesus’ disciples prior to his execution. See Exodus 12:1-14a1 Corinthians 11:23-32John 13:1-15, and Luke 22:14-30 for the scriptural basis of our observance.
       (Church
      The church is the largest building on our campus at 47535 Hwy. 74 in Palm Desert, Calif., and you can find plenty of parking in the adjacent lot. For directions, see the building marked in yellow on our campus map.
      )
  • Mar. 25: Good Friday
    Good Friday is the day on which we remember the crucifixion of Jesus, as recounted in John 18:1-19:42.
    • Noon: Good Friday Liturgy
      Solemn prayers as we remember the events of John 18:1-19:42, and Jesus’ crucifixion in particular. The congregation are invited to approach and venerate a large wooden cross. Choral music is unadorned, and the organ does not sound.
       (Church
      The church is the largest building on our campus at 47535 Hwy. 74 in Palm Desert, Calif., and you can find plenty of parking in the adjacent lot. For directions, see the building marked in yellow on our campus map.
      )
    • 5 p.m.: Stations of the Cross
      The congregation gathers in the church, but walks the outside courtyard to remember the Way of the Cross, the path from Jesus’ condemnation by religious and secular authorities, and his death on the cross. Led by members of the Daughters of the King.
       (Church
      The church is the largest building on our campus at 47535 Hwy. 74 in Palm Desert, Calif., and you can find plenty of parking in the adjacent lot. For directions, see the building marked in yellow on our campus map.
      )
  • Mar. 26: Holy Saturday
    • 9 a.m.: Holy Saturday Worship
      Very brief prayers recalling the full day Jesus spent lying dead in the tomb. The worship includes a blessing of our Altar Guild, the volunteers who prepare and care for our worship space.
       (Church
      The church is the largest building on our campus at 47535 Hwy. 74 in Palm Desert, Calif., and you can find plenty of parking in the adjacent lot. For directions, see the building marked in yellow on our campus map.
      )
    • 8 p.m.: The Great Vigil of Easter
      The congregation gathers well after sunset on the eve of the first Sunday on or after the first full moon of spring, as defined by the Jewish lunar calendar. The people gather in silence and darkness at our columbarium, the place where we keep the ashes of the dead. There, the fire of the Paschal flame, symbolizing the resurrection of Jesus, is kindled, and the deacon sings the Exsultet, proclaiming, “This is the night … when earth and heaven are joined and man is reconciled to God. The worship continues inside with a recounting of God’s salvation history with humanity, a renewal of baptismal vows, and a lighting of the building, together with a loud proclamation, “Alleluia! Christ is risen!” A very moving and dramatic service that proclaims the central message of the Christian faith.
       (Church
      The church is the largest building on our campus at 47535 Hwy. 74 in Palm Desert, Calif., and you can find plenty of parking in the adjacent lot. For directions, see the building marked in yellow on our campus map.
      )
  • Mar. 27: Easter Day
    The Sunday of the Resurrection, the day on which the disciples discovered that Jesus had risen from the dead, defeating sin and death permanently.
    • Bring fresh flowers to insert in the cross in the lobby!
    • A note about crowds and parking.
      On Easter Day, it’s important to arrive early. Carpooling is strongly encouraged. We recommend arriving at least 30 minutes before the service you plan to attend (45 minutes early is even better) to allow plenty of time for parking and finding seating. The most crowded service is the 9 a.m., and the 11:15 service is identical to it expect for the size of the crowd. Able-bodied and hearty worshipers are encouraged to park far up the hill on the grounds of Hope Academy. The gate in the far southwest corner of the property, uphill and behind the Karns Administration (office) building will be open. If the parking lot is full, additional parking is along the north side of Haystack Rd, running perpendicular to the church, just east of Hwy. 74. Golf cart shuttles will be running continuously. Parking on Hwy. 74 or on the south side of Haystack may lead to ticketing by the Riverside County Sheriff. Please do not encroach on the lot at the Presbyterian Church next door.
    • 7 a.m.: Holy Eucharist
      Music includes hymns but no choir. Holy Eucharist means the sharing of bread and wine, in which we believe Christ’s body and blood to be present.
      Rite One
      Rite One means that form of the service includes Elizabethan English and a reformation era theology of sin and redemption.
      (Church
      The church is the largest building on our campus at 47535 Hwy. 74 in Palm Desert, Calif., and you can find plenty of parking in the adjacent lot. For directions, see the building marked in yellow on our campus map.
      )
    • 9 a.m.: Holy Eucharist
      Music includes full choir, brass, and organ. Holy Eucharist means the sharing of bread and wine, in which we believe Christ’s body and blood to be present.
      (Church
      The church is the largest building on our campus at 47535 Hwy. 74 in Palm Desert, Calif., and you can find plenty of parking in the adjacent lot. For directions, see the building marked in yellow on our campus map.
      )
    • 10:15 a.m.: Easter Egg Hunt
      All children are welcome to participation in this joyful celebration of Easter Day.
      for children (South courtyard, adjacent to Church
      The church is the largest building on our campus at 47535 Hwy. 74 in Palm Desert, Calif., and you can find plenty of parking in the adjacent lot. For directions, see the building marked in yellow on our campus map.
      )
    • 11:15 a.m.: Holy Eucharist
      Music includes full choir, brass, and organ. Holy Eucharist means the sharing of bread and wine, in which we believe Christ’s body and blood to be present.
      (Church
      The church is the largest building on our campus at 47535 Hwy. 74 in Palm Desert, Calif., and you can find plenty of parking in the adjacent lot. For directions, see the building marked in yellow on our campus map.
      )
  • Mar. 28: Easter Monday
    What, are you crazy? The office is closed, and our clergy and staff are exhausted!
Last updated: February 11, 2016 at 11:24 am