Holy Week and Easter

 

For the first time in two years, we will be back in the sanctuary for Holy Week and Easter services. Thanks be to God! You can also view services on Catonsville Presbyterian’s public Facebook page. Recorded services can be accessed on our YouTube channel and website.

Palm Sunday Worship
April 10 at 10:30 a.m. 

Join us for music, a message, and a time for prayer. “Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.” We remember the day Jesus entered Jerusalem and set his face toward the cross.

Children, Youth and Families
At last, we are able to shout “Hosanna!” as we walk together through the aisles of the sanctuary. On Sunday, April 10 children and youth will meet in fellowship hall at 10:25 a.m. where we’ll distribute the palms for the processional. Children in kindergarten through fifth grade will then leave following the children’s message to share stories and activities for Holy Week/Easter.

Maundy Thursday Service
April 14 at 7:30 p.m. 

Jesus said, “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another” (Jn. 13:34). On Maundy Thursday — from the Latin, mandatum, meaning “man- date.”—we reflect upon Jesus’s final words for his disciples. We will gather for the Lord’s Supper (in the sanctuary) and continue with a service of Tenebrae (darkness) as we listen to the Passion of our Lord accord- ing to John’s Gospel.

Good Friday Outdoor Vespers Service
April 15 at 6 p.m. (Outdoors on the Church Grounds) 

We will gather outdoors—either round the labyrinth or the pavilion—for a contemplative service of music and readings considering the meaning of Christ’s crucifixion. A reflective, contemplative service as we consider the suffering and death of Christ. “Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end” (John 13:1).

Resurrection of the Lord/Easter Sunday
April 17 at 10:30 a.m. 

Join us for a Festival Service of Praise as we give thanks for God’s gift of new life. Our text for the morning will be John’s account of the resurrection, the only Gospel that tells us that Jesus was buried in a garden. Mary Magdalene confused Jesus, at first, with the gardener—this is not an insignificant theological detail for John. And we will gather at the Lord’s Table and encounter Christ’s real presence in the breaking of the bread and sharing of the cup. Christ is risen!

“Christ is alive, and comes to bring good news to this and every age, till earth and sky and ocean ring with joy, with justice, love, and praise.” —Brian Wren