Holy Week and Easter 2020


Holy Week and Easter 2020

Holy Week begins April 5 with Palm Sunday and continues through Saturday morning, April 11. It is the final week in Lent, and also the week leading up to Easter. 

Holy Week tells a powerful story of change—a story that continues to change the world, and to change people’s lives.

There is no one simple, or authorized, meaning to the suffering and death of Jesus. But there is a depth most of us have not begun to plumb. What is truth beyond doubt is that the Passion of Christ resides at the center of our lives as Christians.

Join us online and for these services and events on our website, Facebook Live and You Tube. Read our tips and tricks for online worship.

10 am: The Forum
Social Justice & COVID-19: Caring for All in a Time of Pandemic

The Reverend Susan Anderson-Smith,Associate Rector for Justice and Reconciliation talks with the Reverend Peter Thompson about justice issues related to the novel coronavirus. How can we act with integrity and ensure the well-being of all in this strange and scary moment?

11 am: The Liturgy of Palms & Holy Eucharist
Tune into our livestream as we joyfully celebrate Jesus' triumphant entry into Jerusalem and solemnly remember Jesus' final moments on earth. The Right Reverend Dean E. Wolfe, Rector, preaches. Download our service leaflet with hymns and prayers to follow along with us as we livestream worship from the church.


6 pm: The Stations of the Cross
Walk with Jesus to Calvary by participating in this fully virtual service, which features the artwork of St. Bart's member Gwyneth Leech and poet Malcolm Guite. Led by the Reverend Deborah Lee, the Reverend Peter Thompson, Lucy Martin-Gianino and Dent Davidson. 

7 pm: The Stations of the Cross Talkback
Gwyneth Leech talks to the Reverend Peter Thompson about her Norwalk Stations of the Cross and how art can help us understand the crucifixion. 

The word “maundy” comes from the Latin mandatum which means “commandment” —in reference to Jesus’ words to his disciples, “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another.” 

6 pm: The Liturgy of Maundy Thursday
Tune into our livestream as we commemorate Jesus' last night with his disciples, recalling how Jesus washed his disciples feet and gave them his Body and Blood in the form of bread and wine. The service concludes with the procession of the Reserved Sacrament to the Garden of Repose and the Stripping of the Altar. The Reverend Deborah Lee, Associate Rector for Discipleship and Community Life, preaches.

7 pm Maundy Thursday to 8 am on Good Friday : The Night Watch

Keep watch virtually over the Reserved Sacrament, which is processed at the end of the Maundy Thursday service to a garden temporarily constructed in the Chapel. Jesus told his disciples to stay awake with him as he waited in the Garden of Gethsemane to be arrested, so we stay awake with him as we wait for Good Friday.


12 pm: The Seven Last Words
For decades, St. Bart's has marked Good Friday by gathering to meditate on Jesus' seven last words, or sayings. This year, dozens of St. Bart's members participate virtually, offering prayers, reflections and music from their homes. Join us for a heartfelt and intimate expression of devotion from the whole expanse of our community. We end with the memorial tolling of the bell 33 times, one for each year of Jesus’ life.  

 Note on the Great Vigil of Easter: Due to the grandness and complexity of the Great Vigil of Easter and our inability to come together in large numbers during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Great Vigil of Easter will not be celebrated on April 11. We look forward to experiencing this glorious celebration of the Resurrection when we are all able to gather safely in the Church once again. 


 11 am Holy Eucharist Christ is risen!
Tune into our livestream to rejoice in the victory of life over death at the high point of the Christian year. The Right Reverend Dean Wolfe, Rector, preaches.