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Rhythms of Grace

April 23 - May 18, 2017  |  10:00 am            (In the Narthex)

       Our Adult forum for the spring will mix things up a bit.  We tell the Easter story in so many ways:  in the songs we sing, the way we live our life (especially in the face of hardship or death), the prayers we pray for ourselves and for others, and most notably in the ancient liturgy of the Church.  

       Sunday mornings after Easter until Memorial Day we will explore the "rhythms of grace" as we discover afresh the gospel of hope in song, liturgy, and life.  Please join us!


Will You Stay And Watch With Me One Hour?

     Traditionally, the faithful have kept a constant prayer vigil, or "watch," at the Altar of Repose from the conclusion of the Maundy Thursday Mass until the start of the Good Friday Liturgy.  
     Recalling Jesus' request of the disciples, "will you stay and watch with me even one hour," we keep a prayer vigil before the Blessed Sacrament.  It's an incredibly moving experience and everyone is invited to keep watch.  A deputy sheriff is on duty throughout the night as parishioners come and go from 9pm Maundy Thursday through 12 noon on Good Friday.  
     You can sign up via the link below.  

>> Click Here to Sign Up for the Vigil Watch



Guest Preacher for Good Friday


     On Good Friday, April 14 at 12:00 noon, we welcome Father Austin McGehee as our guest celebrant and preacher.  Father McGehee is an assistant priest at St. Bartholomew's in Atlanta.  

     Prior to beginning his cure at St. Bartholomew's, he served as a mentor and tutor for AmeriCorps.  His ministry has focused on forming disciples and helping young people develop their voice in the Church.

     Originally from Flowery Branch, GA, he received his undergraduate degree from the University of Mississippi and his Master of Divinity from The General Theological Seminary in New York.





Holy Week & Easter 2017


A week that changed the world then... 
what can this week do for your life and faith this year?

Palm Sunday (9 April 2017)
  7:45 am - Blessing of Palms & Rite I Mass
  9:00 am - Blessing of Palms, Procession into the Church, & Low Mass
10:10 am - Sunday School
11:15 am - Blessing of Palms, Procession into the Church, & Solemn Mass
* Our 9 & 11:15 Masses will begin outside weather permitting

Monday & Tuesday  in Holy Week (10 April & 11 April)
  6:30 pm - Holy Eucharist
Wednesday in Holy Week (12 April 2017)
  6:00 pm - Soup, Salad, Quiche Dinner
  6:45 pm - Stations of the Cross
  7:00 pm - Sign & Sacrifice Program
  8:00 pm - Sung Candlelight Compline              

Maundy Thursday (13 April 2017)
  7:00 pm - Solemn Mass, Footwashing, & Procession to the Altar of Repose
  9:00 pm - All Night Silent Vigil Watch Begins (front chapel by main entrance doors)
>>CLICK HERE to sign up to join those keeping watch 
Maundy Thursday night and Good Friday morning

Good Friday (14 April 2017)
12:00 n   - Solemn Liturgy of Good Friday, Singing of St. John's Passion Gospel, 
                Veneration of the Cross, & Mass of the Presanctified

Holy Saturday (15 April 2017)
  8:30 pm - The Great Vigil and First Mass of Easter

Easter Sunday (16 April 2017)
  7:45 am - Rite I Mass
  9:00 am - Festal Mass and Combined Choir (no incense)
10:15 am - Easter Egg Hunt on the Grounds
11:15 am - Festal Mass and Combined Choir
12:30 pm - Easter Egg Hunt on the Grounds
   * Sunday school resumes (4/23)

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About The Great Vigil of Easter -  Saturday, 15 April 2017 at 8:30 p.m. 

       Sisters and brothers in Christ, on this holy night when our Savior Jesus passed from death to life, we gather with the church throughout the world in vigil and prayer. This is the Passover of Jesus Christ: through light and the Word, through water and the bread and cup, we recall Jesus’ death and resurrection, we share Christ's triumph over sin and death, and with inextinguishable hope we await Christ’s coming again. 

       At the Great Vigil of Easter, we all gather outside in the darkness and using the tradition handed down through the Church for centuries, we kindle the new fire of Easter which is the light of Christ rising in glory, overcoming the darkness of sin and death! The Paschal Candle is then lighted. The Paschal candle is large, and traditionally made of 100% beeswax. It is marked with a cross, an Alpha, and an Omega, the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet. The four numbers of the year are marked between the arms of the cross, symbolizing that Christ has, and always will be with humanity, and is with humanity now. For much of the year the paschal candle stands near the font and is lighted at every baptism, providing a symbolic link with this celebration of our Lord’s Resurrection and our own baptisms. Once the Paschal Candle is lighted, we then each light candles and process into the darkened church, with this new fire of Easter and see the darkness overcome by the light of Christ each of us bears in our hands. 

       It is the church year’s most holy and joyful night, for it proclaims and celebrates all of Christ's saving work. The Great Easter Vigil draws Christians into the reality of Christ’s life, passion, death, and resurrection. 

       This ancient service, dating from the fourth century, is one of the most beautiful and moving liturgies of the entire year. The power of Easter Vigil comes through strong symbols of light and water, together with Sacrament and Word. Everyone who attends for the first time seems to find the Easter Vigil to be a awe-inspiring and solemn way to celebrate what God has done, is doing, and will do. Plan to attend the Vigil this year – it may just bring the true meaning of Easter home for you.




Ash Wednesday

March 1, 2017

7:00 am, 12:00 noon, & 7:00 pm


 "I invite you, in the name of the Church, to the observance of a holy Lent"

      With these words Ash Wednesday begins the forty-day season of Lent.  It is marked by special prayers, fasting, acts of devotion, and special liturgies.  We will offer three liturgies on Ash Wednesday. 

  •   7:00 am - Imposition of Ashes
  • 12:00 n    - Low Mass & Imposition of Ashes
  •   7:00 pm - Solemn Mass & Imposition of Ashes (with St Columba Choir)

     At 7:00 am there will be the Ash Wednesday Liturgy & Imposition of Ashes (but no Eucharist).  This is a short liturgy for those who are on their way to work or school and will end by 7:30 am.  For those who desire it, confessions will be heard following this liturgy.

     At Noon there will be a quiet, said Mass with a homily and imposition of ashes. This liturgy lasts about 45 minutes.  For those who desire it, confessions will be heard following this liturgy.

     Then at 7:00pm, a full sung Mass will be offered.  This will include the liturgy of Ash Wednesday, imposition of ashes, and full choir. 

     Ash Wednesday is one of the most important days of our Church year.  Please make plans to attend one of our three liturgies so that you can prepare in heart and mindfor the Lenten journey.  This spiritual journey prepares us to see the new light of the Resurrection come Easter morning.    

     Confessions will be heard on Shrove Tuesday (2/28) from 12-1 pm, Ash Wednesday following the 7 am liturgy and following the 12n liturgy, or by appointment (contact Father Tripp).