Holy Week

Holy Week (the week between Palm Sunday and Easter) is a commemoration of Jesus’s journey to Jerusalem and death on a cross. It is marked by three major feast days, known as the Triduum. These are the most beautiful, profound, and tragic days of the Christian year. Service times and descriptions of the days are below. Links to the order of service for each will be provided before Holy Week begins.

All services except for the Easter Vigil will be streamed on Facebook and Youtube.

Palm Sunday

Blessing of the Palms at 10:00 AM at Indianola Presbyterian Church (1970 Waldeck Ave)

We have a long tradition of sharing the Blessing of the Palms with other campus churches. This year we are joining Indianola Presbyterian Church and University Baptist Church. We will bless palms at Indianola Presbyterian, process back to St. Stephen’s, and bless more palms for the people who can’t make it to the first blessing.

Main Palm Sunday Service

At St. Stephen’s, we allow the celebration of Jesus’s actions on Palm Sunday to be the main focus of the service. We do not read the Passion Gospel on Palm Sunday, and encourage our members to come to the Maundy Thursday and Good Friday services to experience the full effects of Holy Week.

Order of Service: https://ststephens-columbus.org/worship-on-palm-sunday/


Service at 6:30 on Wednesday, March 27th at Trinity Capitol Square (125 E. Broad St.)

The name Tenebrae (the Latin word for “darkness” or “shadows”) has for centuries been applied to the ancient monastic night and early morning services (Matins and Lauds) of the last three days of Holy Week, which in medieval times came to be celebrated on the preceding evenings. St. Stephen’s Episcopal–Columbus congregation will join us for this service.

As we meditate on Christ’s journey to the Cross in poetry, prose, prayer, and song, one by one, the candles and other lights in the church will be extinguished until only a single candle, considered a symbol of our Lord, remains. Toward the end of the service, this candle is hidden, suggesting the apparent victory of the forces of evil. At the very end, a loud noise is made (symbolizing the earthquake at the time of the Resurrection— Matthew 28:2), the hidden candle is restored to its place, and all depart in silence by its light. 

Maundy Thursday

Service at 7:00 PM on March 28 in the Sanctuary.

On Maundy Thursday we remember and reenact the way in which Jesus washed his disciples’ feet at the Last Supper, instituted the sharing of Holy Eucharist as a rite of community and reconciliation, and went to wait out the night before his arrest in the Garden of Gethsemene. The service includes foot washing and eucharist, and is followed by the Watch in the Garden.

Order of Service: https://ststephens-columbus.org/worship-on-maundy-thursday/

The Watch in the Garden

Beginning at 9:00 PM on March 28 and ending at 7:00 AM on March 29

After the Last Supper, Jesus and his disciples went to the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus spent the night in prayer. Throughout the night, parishioners come to the church to pray for an hour in a garden that we create in the sanctuary. Use this link to sign-up.

Good Trouble Friday – Stations of Love & Justice

Beginning at Noon on March 29 at Trinity Capitol Square (125 E. Broad St.)

An ecumenical Stations of the Cross procession around the Ohio Statehouse. Trinity will join with leaders from across Christian denominations as we remember those who suffer in our day. We will tell the story of Christ’s journey to the Cross and publicly pray for justice, peace, and the dignity of every human being.

Good Friday Service

Service at 7:00 PM on March 29 in the Sanctuary.

On Good Friday we accompany Jesus to the cross. We are like the female disciples who stay faithfully at his side as he suffers and dies. On this solemn day we remember both our failures and our faithfulness, and, like Christ, try to expand our compassion to encompass the whole world. The service consists of prayers, anthems, and the adoration of the cross.

Order of service: https://ststephens-columbus.org/worship-on-good-friday/

The Easter Vigil

Service at 6:45 AM on Easter Sunday, March 31, in the Sanctuary

The Easter Vigil is one of the most beautiful services of the year. It begins in darkness with the lighting of the Paschal Fire. The singing of the Exsultet and readings from the Hebrew Scripture take place in candlelight. The sun rises as we approach the Gospel story of Jesus’s resurrection, and shines on us as we celebrate a festive eucharist together.

This service will not be streamed.

*Incense will be used at this service.

Order of service: https://ststephens-columbus.org/the-easter-vigil/

Easter Sunday

Service at 10:30 AM on Easter Sunday, March 31, in the Sanctuary

We will celebrate Easter together with a festive eucharist, special music, and an egg hunt for the kids!

Order of service: https://ststephens-columbus.org/easter-sunday/

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