St. Augustine's in-the-Woods Episcopal Church People of Faith Serving Beautiful Whidbey Island

Holy Week Schedule

Monday, March 26th
5:30p.m. Solemn Evensong with incense
In this service we use Gregorian chant in a service of bible readings
and prayer.

Tuesday, March 27th
5:30p.m. Solemn Evensong with incense
This service is identical in structure to the Monday service, but with
different readings.

Wednesday, March 28th
10:00a.m. Holy Eucharist with healing
Our normal weekly service.

7:00p.m. Tenebrae
The name Tenebrae is the Latin word for “darkness” or “shadows”, and refers to the ancient monastic night and early morning services of Matins and Lauds of the last three days of Holy Week, which in medieval times came to be celebrated on the preceding evenings. The service focuses on the chanting of psalms and readings from the book of Lamentations, as well as the extinguishing of candles until the church is in darkness.
Music by Sophia Singers

Thursday, March 29th – Maundy Thursday
7:00p.m. Maundy Thursday Eucharist – The Triduum begins
The Latin word “Triduum” means “three days” and has come to mean “The Great Three Days” from Maundy Thursday to the celebration of Jesus’ resurrection. Each individual service during these three days is understood to be a part of the greater service that celebrates Jesus’ death AND resurrection. Each service does not end but is suspended until the beginning of the next service. A full celebration of Easter is not possible without participation in the three Triduum days.
As an individual service, the Maundy Thursday Eucharist commemorates Jesus’ command (Latin: Mandatum, hence “Maundy”) to “do this (break bread and share wine) in remembrance of me”. The two ‘moments’ that make this service most memorable are the Footwashing, and the conclusion of the service, known as the stripping of the altar.

Friday, March 30th – Good Friday
5:30p.m. Stations of the Cross
This service involves moving between the 14 stations around our walls with time for prayer, bible reading, and silence in front of each.

7:00p.m. Good Friday Liturgy
The Good Friday Liturgy is the second main part of the Triduum and is marked with austerity, silence and reflection. Through prayer and bible passages the events leading up to Jesus’ crucifixion and death are remembered. This service represents a slightly different approach to that of the Stations of the Cross.

Saturday, March 31st – Holy Saturday
8:00p.m. The Great Vigil of the Resurrection
This service has always been the first service of the Resurrection – in fact the first service of Christianity marking the beginning of everything important to us. It marks the third part of the Triduum.

Sunday, April 1st – The Day of the Resurrection
8:00a.m. Choral Eucharist Rite I
10:30a.m. Choral Eucharist Rite II
We conclude the Triduum celebration by breaking bread, sharing wine and singing songs of joy.