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Holy Week and Easter at St. Columba's 2018



Click the video above to see highlights from this year's Holy Week and Easter liturgies.

"An Ancient Story

of the Living God"

Palm Sunday (25 March 2018)
  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 (26 March & 27 March 2018)
  6:30 pm - Holy Eucharist
Wednesday in Holy Week (28 March 2018)
  6:15 pm - Soup, Salad, Quiche Dinner
  7:00 pm - Stations of the Cross
  7:30 pm - Evil and the Justice of God
  8:00 pm - Sung Candlelight Compline              

Maundy Thursday (29 March 2018)
  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 (30 March 2018)
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 (31 March 2018)
  8:30 pm - The Great Vigil and First Mass of Easter

Easter Sunday (1 April 2018)
  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
   * No Sunday School 4/1 or 4/8; Sunday school resumes (4/15)

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About The Great Vigil of Easter -  Saturday, 31 March 2018 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.