17 Oak Avenue
Metuchen, NJ 08840
732 . 548 . 4308
Saint Luke's Episcopal Church
a caring church
Please join us, in community with Trinity Episcopal Church, for for a service rich with
symbolic meaning that dates back to medieval times. 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. The most conspicuous
feature of the service is the gradual extinguishing of candles and other lights in the church
until only a single candle, considered a symbol of our Lord, remains. Toward the end of the service this candle is hidden, typifying 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 by its light all depart in silence.
For Christians, Passover is of special interest. It is linked to The Last Supper, as Jesus chose to celebrate the Passover Seder with his disciples as the last meal before he was put to death. It was at this Seder that the first Eucharist took place. Join us for a wonderful meal with songs & stories celebrating the Jews flight from Egypt as we connect generations - from our Old Testament ancestors, to the time of Jesus, to those of us alive today - remembering those who are free, and those who are yet to be freed.
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Holy Week Services 2020
Weather permitting; the first part of our liturgy begins on the pavement outside Fryer Hall.
You will be given a palm branch to carry during the procession.
The Great Vigil of Easter is the most ancient of our Paschal services and is considered the first Mass of the Resurrection. If you have never attended the Vigil; it is an experience you will not forget.
The Way of the Cross, Stations of the Cross in a walk through town, begins in the morning at 9 am. Order and locations of the stations will be posted with approximate times if you would like to drive or if you are late and would like to catch up.