St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church
St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church is a congregation in the Episcopal Diocese of Georgia. We are a warm and welcoming community, one which encourages questions and discussions. Children are always welcome at St. Patrick’s, and nursery care is provided during our regular Sunday services and all Special Services. For more general information about St. Patrick’s, click here.
St. Patrick’s Holy Week
Sunday, March 29, 10:30 a.m. – The Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday
Wednesday, April 1, 6:30 p.m. – Soup, Supper, & Holy Eucharist
Thursday, April 2, 6:30 p.m. – Maundy Thursday Service
Friday, April 3, 6:30 p.m. – Good Friday Service
Saturday, April 4, 8:00 p.m. – The Great Vigil of Easter
Sunday, April 5, 10:30 a.m. – The Sunday of the Resurrection, Easter Day
Palm Sunday – This Sunday before Easter is the last Sunday in Lent. The day commemorates Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem with a blessing of palms and a procession in which the whole congregation carries palms. This day is also marked by reading the story of Jesus’ passion (the word used to describe Jesus’ death comes from “suffering,” which is one old meaning of passion). Some of the Palm Sunday palms are kept and used to make the Ash Wednesday ashes for the next year.
Wednesday Soup, Supper & Eucharist – On the Wednesday in Holy Week we offer a simple supper of soup and bread, followed by a service of Holy Eucharist, using homemade bread. It is our hope that this service will provide an opportunity to continue our observance of Holy Week as we lead into the Holy Days of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter.
Maundy Thursday – This is the Thursday in Holy Week (the week leading up to Easter). The day is a time for remembering The Last Supper. The name comes from the Latin word “mandatum” for “commandment” as Jesus said, “I give you a new commandment; that you love one another.” At the conclusion of this service, altars are stripped of ornamentation and crosses are removed or veiled to mark the solemnness of the occasion.
Good Friday – The Friday in Holy Week is a time for remembering Jesus’ death. Traditionally there is a Good Friday service at noon as Jesus hung on the cross from noon until 3 P.M. There may also be an evening service. This is the second day of special observance for which fasting is recommended. One should use discretion in deciding how best to observe this day. There is no celebration of Communion from Maundy Thursday until the Easter Vigil on late Saturday or early Sunday. However, it is customary in many churches to give out the elements of communion blessed during the Maundy Thursday service.
The Easter Vigil – This service is appropriate from after sunset on Holy Saturday until sunrise Easter morning. This was the traditional time of baptism in the early centuries of Christianity. This service begins in darkness and a new fire is lit, from which the Christ candle is lighted. It signifies the light of Christ coming into the world anew at the resurrection. This service ends the season of Lent and begins the joy of the Easter season.
For more information about Lent and Holy Week, follow this link to the publication Keeping a Holy Lent.
More about St. Patrick’s
We believe in God who loves us each as we are, and who shows us that love in the world around us, in the stories of our faith, and most fully in Jesus Christ. We respond to God’s love in our daily lives, caring for all those around us, working for the good of Creation, and seeking to grow into our identity as God’s beloved children.
Our life together is centered on worship, common prayer, work, and play together. Our Sunday worship is a service of Holy Eucharist, also known as Mass, Communion, or the Lord’s Supper. All who have been baptized in any tradition are welcome to receive Communion. We welcome questions, doubts, and wondering, believing that in engaging such questions we grow in our faith.
To see pictures from our recent activities, including Bishop Benhase’s Visitation, the Burning of the Greens, Sunday School Stories, and more, follow this link to our Photographs page.