8 AM - Palm Sunday Holy Eucharist, Rite I
Sunday, March 20, 2016, 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
In this service, we celebrate the "Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday," which is the traditional start of Holy Week in the church. At this service, we will begin with the "Liturgy of the Palms" from the Book of Common Prayer. All will be given crosses made of palm leaves. For this service, (the Rite I version) we use the more traditional, Elizabethan language to honor God and express our gratitude. On this Sunday, at the time for the reading of the Gospel, the deacon will read the entire Passion narrative (the story of Jesus' crucifixion) from the Gospel of Mark. In the prayers and in the responses, the clergy and the people join together to praise God in a formal and elegant way. At this service, worship is accompanied by organ music, and we sing hymns, but not as many as at the later service in the day. This service does not have a choir, but the clergy and acolytes do wear vestments and walk in procession up the aisle at the beginning and ending of the liturgy. We celebrate the Holy Eucharist (Holy Communion) as part of this service.