6 pm Maundy Thursday Liturgy and Meal
9 pm Setting the Watch
The most stunning service of the Christian year, Maundy Thursday begins with a community meal in the Parish Hall, filled with prayer and song, followed by foot washing, a beautiful Eucharist in the church, the Stripping of the Altar, and then Setting the Watch in the Chapel.
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One of the ancient traditions in our Holy Week observance is Setting the Watch. After the Stripping of the Altar, the priest sets aside some of the bread and wine and lays it in The Chapel of the Bread of Life. The Chapel will have been decorated to recall the Garden of Gethsemane — imagine candlelight, fragrant flowers, and flowering trees. During the night between Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, parishioners are invited to sit for an hour with Jesus — our response to Jesus’ question to the disciples, “can you not stay awake with me for one hour?” We call this vigil Setting the Watch. There are always two slots because we want people to watch in at least pairs. It’s a rich and meaningful tradition, and I hope you’ll consider signing up for a shift as a part of your Holy Week journey with Christ. If you need the door code to get in at nighttime, contact the office.
Sign up for Setting the Watch here.