As Easter quickly approaches, we are invited to walk with Christ through each step of Holy Week. On Palm Sunday, we enter Jerusalem triumphantly with Jesus as we cry out Hosanna. On Maundy Thursday, we remember Christ’s new commandment to love as we have been loved as shown at the Last Supper and Jesus’ arrest in the garden. On Good Friday, we journey to Calvary as Christ carries his cross and breathes his last. Then at the Easter Vigil and Easter Day services we cry out with joy “The Lord is risen indeed.” Each of these steps carries significance that makes our Easter celebration even more meaningful.
Lenten Quiet Day
Saturday, March 27 | 9am-noon
Consider a day to slow down and take in the message of Lent in a deeper way. Join Rev. Canon Shannon Manning, Canon to the Ordinary for the diocese of Louisiana, for a Lenten Quiet Day this Saturday, March 27th from 9am to noon here at St. James. As we prepare to journey into Holy Week, our time together will be an opportunity for reflection and meaningful stillness.
Please join us even if you have never participated in a quiet day previously. All that is needed is your presence and prayers.
Sunday, March 28
Join us for the following Palm Sunday services:
- 7:30am Holy Eucharist, Rite I (spoken only)
- 9am Holy Eucharist, Rite II (music by choral quartet) with live stream
- 11am Holy Eucharist, Rite II (music by choral quartet)
- 5pm Holy Eucharist, Rite II (spoken only)
Register for March 28 services here.
Palm Sunday Virtual Evensong | 6pm
Join us online for a virtual service of Choral Evensong in observance of Palm Sunday. Evensong is one of the crown jewels of our tradition – a sung evening service filled with scripture, prayers, and beautiful, timeless music. Utilizing the new camera system in the church, the combined choirs of St. James will offer seasonal music to mark the beginning of our Holy Week journey. Begin your Holy Week surrounded by the beauty of holiness. The service will be shared on our Facebook and YouTube channels at 6pm on March 28.
Thursday, April 1 | 7pm
We invite you to join us in-person (no sign-up required) or virtually for our Maundy Thursday service at 7pm. At the conclusion of the liturgy, the remaining sacrament will be processed into the Chapel of the Twelve Apostles and will be kept in repose on the Altar for the night. The Chapel will be adorned as the Garden of Gethsemane, as we keep vigil in the presence of our Lord, recalling the dramatic events leading to his crucifixion. No signup is required and the chapel will be open from 8pm to midnight with a sheriff deputy present as security.
Friday, April 2
On Good Friday, we will solemnly mark Christ’s Passion and Death with the following offerings Sign-up is not required for any of the following:
- 7:30am – Good Friday Liturgy in the Chapel of the Twelve Apostles. Communion will be administered from Reserved Sacrament.
- Noon – Good Friday Liturgy in the Church. Sign-up is not required. This service will also be live-streamed and available on our Facebook and YouTube channels. Please note: Children are invited to attend and participate in an age-appropriate commemoration of Jesus’s last days. The nursery will also be open during this service.
- 1pm – Stations of the Cross will follow the Good Friday Liturgy, as we journey with Christ to the cross through icons and readings.
- 2pm – Solemn Vigil kept in the Church, leading up to the traditional hour of Jesus’s death.
- 3pm – The Bell will toll 33 times, one for each year of Jesus’s earthly life.
Saturday, April 3
Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt | 10am-noon
Join us for a family-friendly Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt! Meet and park here at St. James anytime between 10am and noon to get your map and your first clue. From there, you’ll follow the trail to Egg Stations throughout the downtown area, where kids will get a prize and a clue leading to the next destination. Bring the family out for a morning of fun in the sun, exploring the city you call home, and maybe even learning something new along the way. Make sure to bring your comfortable shoes, be safe and respectful, and most importantly, enjoy this eggciting adventure!
Easter Vigil | 7pm
The Great Vigil of Easter begins as the sun sets on Holy Saturday, originating outside with the lighting of a new fire, which is processed into the Church, as we retell through scripture, hymn, and sacrament the story of God’s saving plan, culminating the first proclamation of the Resurrection of Our Lord. The Vigil will be live-streamed and available on our Facebook and YouTube channels. Sign-up is required. A cross will be available to flower beginning at the Vigil and continuing through Easter Sunday. Please feel free to bring flowers from home as we celebrate the joys of Easter.
Sunday, April 4
Easter Sunday brings our community of faith together for four Eucharistic celebrations of the Resurrection. The 9am service will be live-streamed and made available on our Facebook and YouTube channels. Sign-up is required for all of the following:
- 7:30am – Holy Eucharist, Rite I
- 9am – Holy Eucharist with Choir, Rite II
- 11am – Holy Eucharist with Choir, Rite II
- 1pm – Holy Eucharist with Choir, Rite II
Note: The nursery will be open during the noon Good Friday service, The Great Vigil of Easter on Saturday, and the 9am, 11am and 1pm Easter Sunday services. There will also be a children’s interactive Stations of the Cross during the noon Good Friday service.
Please register for only one service per family
. Registration will not be required for the Maundy Thursday or Good Friday services. We will be working diligently to ensure all families wanting to do so are able to attend an Easter service. If you are unable to sign up for a service, please contact Mary Boutwell
so that we may work to find you a space.