Holy week at St. Francis began on Thursday, April 5 with the Maundy Thursday communion service. The day takes its name from the Latin mandatum or mandate as Jesus mandated the communion service as a sacrament at the Last Supper. Then on Good Friday, April 6, we held the Good Friday service with the stations of the cross ritual with a reading and a prayer for each of the fourteen stations or events that occurred along the route to the crucifixion. Then followed the Good Friday liturgy with the altar cross veiled in black and culminating in the stripping of the altar in which the women of the altar guild removed the linens from the altar and leave just the cross. At this point the congregation remains in silent meditation then leaves the church wordlessly in one of the most moving moments of the Anglican ritual.
The altar guild was at work again on Saturday preparing the church for Easter Sunday with Easter lilies and other white flowers and white and gold altar linens and vestments. The Paschel or Christ candle is also lit. We are very grateful to the women of the altar guild for their dedication and hard work.
Bishop Hartley based his Easter message on St. Paul’s advice in Colossians 3:1 “Set your affection on things above, not on things on the Earth.”
Bishop Glen Hartley leads services on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. and Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. at St. Francis Anglican (Traditional Episcopal) Church. Our website is stfrancisavamo.org.