The Church of the Messiah HOLY WEEK AND EASTER SCHEDULE 2016

The Church of the Messiah

6436 Montgomery Street, Rhinebeck, NY 12572 – (845) 876-3533


Maundy Thursday—March 24, 2016

On this day we commemorate the last night Jesus spent with his disciples, and began the tradition of a shared meal of bread and wine, now known as Communion. This year we will be introducing a new service as part of our remembrance of the Last Supper.  At 6:30 pm we will gather in the parish hall for a pot luck supper in the midst of which we will celebrate communion.  We hope this will be a time of informal sharing as we gather as a community, much as Jesus’ did two thousand years ago.  After communion in the parish hall we move over to the church where, we remove all the decoration and embellishments of the church interior. By tradition our prayer book allows us to place some of the consecrated bread and wine from this evening’s service in church. Then following Jesus’ request at the garden at Gethsemane that his disciples watch while Jesus prayed, we will keep watch in church throughout the night dividing the time into hour intervals from 9pm Thursday until 12 noon on Good Friday. There is a sign up roster in the church for the watch, but you can also just come as you wish. The church will remain open throughout the night. If you do come, please enter by the main doors or the sacristy door. The watch is a time of reflection, quiet, and prayer before we come to Good Friday.

6:30 PM Pot luck supper and Holy Eucharist in parish hall, followed by stripping of the Altar.

9:00 PM-12:00 Noon Prayer Watch in the Church continuing throughout the night.


Good Friday—March 25, 2016

On this day at noon we gather, weather permitting, for an outdoor service of Stations of the Cross when the acts and traditions of Jesus’ crucifixion are remembered. The meditations at each station are written by Fr. Richard especially for our service. This year’s theme is finding silence in the noise of the world. At 1:30 pm we gather for Communion and special prayers, and at 3:00 pm we will solemnly toll the tower bell as we remember Jesus’ death on the cross.

12:00 Noon Outdoor Stations of the Cross

1:30 PM Liturgy of Good Friday, Communion from the Reserved Sacrament

3:00 PM Solemn tolling of Tower Bell


Holy Saturday—March 26, 2016

The Great Vigil of Easter is an ancient liturgy when people would gather in churches to pray, sing hymns, and hear inspiring stories from the Jewish Testament in the Bible. As we move from Holy Week to the first service of Easter, we hold this service outside, weather permitting, and build a fire as we gather for this popular and moving candlelight service.

9:30 AM Prayers and Decoration of Church

6:30 PM Great Vigil of Easter held, weather permitting, on the Parish Hall lawn. Telling of stories of Creation and Salvation. Lighting of New Fire, Blessing of Paschal candle, Holy Baptism and Renewal of Baptismal Vows, Holy Eucharist.


Easter Sunday—March 27, 2016

8:00 AM           Holy Eucharist with music and Homily

10:00 AM Festival Holy Eucharist with Special Music, Hymns, and Sermon

11:30 AM Reception in Parish Hall, Blessing of Easter Baskets, Easter Egg Hunt