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Servers NEEDED This Sunday:

Coffee Hour for both Services

Second Reading for 8:00 Service
Holy Week and Easter at St. Mark's
 
Sun, April 9th                 
8:00 AM     Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday - Liturgy of the Palms and Holy Eucharist
10:30 AM   Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday - Liturgy of the Palms and Holy Eucharist & Children’s Sunday School
 
Holy Week and Easter Schedule
April 10th:  Monday in Holy Week - Holy Eucharist  5:30 pm
April 11th: Tuesday in Holy Week -  Holy Eucharist 5:30 pm
April 12th:  Wednesday in Holy Week
Holy Eucharist with Prayers for Healing 12 noon
Holy Eucharist  5:30 pm
 
The Triduum Sacrum:
 
April 13th:   5:30 pm - Maundy Thursday Holy Eucharist, Foot Washing & Stripping of the Altar             
                   Vigil at the Altar of Repose: Canst Thou Watch With Me?  -- immediately following the service,
                   through the night until sunrise (8:00 a.m.)
April 14th:   12 noon - Community Good Friday Worship - Taize service (hosted by St. Mark's)
                   5:30 pm - The Way (Stations) of the Cross
                   6:00 pm -The Proper Liturgy for Good Friday with Veneration of the Cross 
April 15th:   Holy Saturday Liturgy and rehearsal for the Great Vigil  10:00 am
                    The Great Vigil and the First Eucharist of Easter  9:00 pm (with candlelight, incense and bells)
April 16th:   Easter Day
                    Festal Eucharist with Special Music  8:00 and 10:30 am
                    Children's Easter Egg Hunt 9:45 a.m.                          
 A Word on Worship:
Holy Week and Easter at St. Mark's
 

We're now halfway through our Lenten journey and are fast approaching the most solemn and joyful part of our life together as a Christian community.  To mark this solemnity and joy, we will worship in liturgies that are especially dramatic and meaningful, worship that helps us enter fully into the transforming reality of Jesus' life, death and resurrection. 
 
On The Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday, we'll begin outdoors as we bless our palms, wave them in procession and shout "Hosanna!" to mark the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem for the final week of his life. Then all too abruptly, we'll join with the crowd which is calling for his execution.  It's a powerful reminder of our own capacity to shift from faithfulness to faithlessness in the blink of a frightened or willful moment.
 
As we move into Holy Week, we'll celebrate the eucharist each evening and, as every week, on Wednesday at noon, with the laying on of hands for healing
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The Triddum Sacrum - The Great Three Days
 
Maundy Thursday
 
 
Finally, on Thursday at sunset, we begin the "Triduum Sacrum", the "Sacred Three Days" which, in a single piece, is the great world-changing, us-changing, experience of Jesus' life, death and resurrection.  It is highlight of the Christian life of worship, the liturgy from which all our other gatherings for worship flow, and from which they find their central meaning.  It is the great Christian Pascha (as it's known in the Greek), and it begins at sunset on Maunday Thursday.
 
There, we focus on the central meaning of Jesus' earthly ministry, as he shares a Last Supper with his friends (including us), and gives the Great Commandment (or "Maundy" in Elizabethan English): to love one another, as he has loved, a servant love which he shows by washing their feet.  Each of us will have the opportunity to have our own feet washed, and to wash another's.  If you've never participated, I'd encourage you to push past your self-consciousness and give it a try.  It can be a very powerful, transformative moment -- and I promise you that there plenty of others with corns, bunions, thick toe nails and varicose veins!  (Ask me how I know this with certainly, if you must.  I can guarantee you it's usually only the tender feet of the parish children that don't have things we typically try to cover up!)
 
At the end of Communion, we'll form a procession with Jesus, present in the consecrated Body and Blood, to the Altar of Repose, where each of you are invited to stay and pray with Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane.  To be one of the disciples to whom he says, "Will you not watch with me one hour?".  We'll keep vigil through the night hours until sunrise the following day
 
In the final moments of our Maundy Thursday worship, we'll recite Psalm 22, as the altar is stripped bare in the darkness, and we'll leave in silence.  There will be no dismissal at the end, as we're used to, and here's the very significant reason there won't be:  because our worship is not ended!  We're merely going home to take a break, to get some food and rest, before we come back to continue our our worship on...
 
Good Friday
 
At noon we'll share in worship with our Christian brothers and sisters from around Durango with a contemplative, Taize-like Community Good Friday Service at noon, which we're hosting at St. Mark's.
 
At 5:30, we'll walk the "Via Dolorosa" ("The Way of Tears") with Jesus in the form of The Way (or Stations) of the Cross.
 
Our Prayer Book worship will continue from the previous evening with the Proper Liturgy for Good Friday ("Proper" meaning not "nice manners", but the "proper" or "specifically appointed", liturgy for this most solemn of all fast days).  We'll hear the story of Jesus' final hours in the Passion Gospel, pray together the Solemn Collects - the most ancient prayers in all of Western Christianity - and share in the Veneration of the Cross, a time of prayer and adoration before a large wooden cross (being created newly this year for our use).
 
Our worship continues with a brief Holy Saturday service at 10 a.m., marking the day Jesus is lying in the tomb, which we'll use to kick off our rehearsal for the final, triumphant part of our Triddum Sacrum,
 
The Great Vigil of Easter
 
This is the most holy night of the year, celebrated with Christians around the world, joining together as the faithful have done every Easter since the 4th century.  It is our Passover, our Pascha, the night in which death passes us over through the Resurrection of our Lord, the night in which death dies, the night in which all things are restored and made new, including each one of us. 
 
We begin in the garden, with the Lighting of the New Fire, and process in the darkness to the nave, where the Paschal Candle will be placed front and center as the Deacon sings its great worthiness in the words of the Exsultet.  By candlelight, we will hear the sweeping story of salvation history, allowing the texts from the Hebrew scriptures to wash over us, and we'll sing and pray in response to them.
 
The Great Vigil is the preeminent time for Christian initiation (baptism), so in the candlelit darkness, we will renew our own baptismal vows and covenant.  And then, finally,  Easter arrives!  The light comes, we shout the great Easter Acclamation:  Alleluia!  Christ is Risen!  The Lord is Risen indeed!  Alleluia! and we burst into song with the Pascha Nostrum, ringing our bells with joyful abandon!
 
We'll celebrate together the First Eucharist of Easter, and finally, our three-day worship ends, with the dismissal - but with the double alleluia added for the remainder of the Great Fifty Days of the Easter Season, marking the high and holy joy which comes to us on this night of nights.  We'll end our celebration with champagne and refreshments.  (Then some of us will head home to catch some sleep before returning for Easter Day services the next morning.)
 
Daughter Hannah told the youth group last week that "the Vigil is Mom's favorite service of the whole year", and it seems she's watched me well through the years!  It is, indeed, my favorite service of the year, but in truth, it's the whole three-day service which speaks so deeply to my heart. I just happen to love its climax in the Vigil most of all.   If you've never had a chance to walk through the whole of the Triduum, I invite you to try it this year.  (And if you need a ride to the Vigil because of difficultly with night driving, let me/us know and I'll work hard to organize rides for people.  Please don't let that stop you from being here to add your voice to those praises!).
 
I am enormously grateful and privileged to be walking through this, our first Holy Week and Easter together, as rector and people. 
 
Your companion in Christ,
Debbie+



 
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Our prayer list is updated weekly. Names are typically removed
after 30 days, unless otherwise requested.

For physical healing:
Athena, Leo, Lisa, Michael, Tom, Lynn, Joshua, Eric, Sally, June

In the armed forces, civil service, on missions: 
Erik, Jill, Joey, Scott, Mike, Patrick, Ethan, Justin, Cathy

For travelers:

Those who have died:
Jean, Michael

Birthdays and Anniversaries:
Bella, Tom, Caroline, Joan, Mary, Rachel, Chuck & Janet, Ron & Judy

In St. Mark's Prayer Cycle today:
Dale Wingeleth, Joyce Wood, Ham & Jane Wright, Amelia Yeager

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Vestry


Elected 2015

Elected 2016
Karen Overington • Bruce Rodman • Kip Boyd

Elected 2017
Marcy Jung  Trisha RickeyNancy ShippsJune Hahl

Wardens

Senior Warden, Scott Wallace
Junior Warden, Bob Prentice

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