The Great Vigil of Easter is the most ancient of our Paschal services and is considered the first Mass of the Resurrection.
The Way of the Cross, Stations of the Cross in a walk through town, begins in the morning at 9 am in front of the church. All participants MUST wear a mask at all times that covers both nose & mouth AND remain at least 6 feet from those not in your household. Click to download the Service Booklet
Please join us, in community with St. Peter's Perth Amboy, St. James Edison and Trinity Episcopal Church, 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.
Holy Week Services 2021
Saint Luke's Episcopal Church
a caring church
17 Oak Avenue
Metuchen, NJ 08840
732 . 548 . 4308
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 service 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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NOTE - this service will only take place over Zoom - it will not be streamed on YouTube.
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