Church of the Ascension Announces Easter Week Schedule

Press Release Posted 3/31/12

Services during Holy Week 2012 include:

Palm (Passion) Sunday April 1 at both 8 AM and 10:15 AM

Both services include the Blessing of Palms. The 10:15 AM service will begin in the Memorial Garden with a procession into the Church.

Tenebrae – Wednesday April 4 7:00 PM

Readings from the Holy Scripture and the Early Church.

Maundy Thursday April 5              7:00 PM

Foot-washing and Mass. This service begins what is known as the Triduum – the Three Holy Days.

Good Friday April 6              12:00 PM        Stations of the Cross

7:00 PM          Liturgy & Veneration

There are two distinct services on Good Friday. The first is the Stations of the Cross which begins in the Church and proceeds around the grounds. The second service is the Good Friday Liturgy & Veneration of the Cross before the Church “goes dark” until Easter Eve.

Easter Vigil April 8              6:00 AM

The pre-dawn Sunday morning Easter Vigil is both a spiritual and physical awakening as the sun rises over the outdoor service and the congregation shares the joy of the Resurrection. The service then moves into the sanctuary where  we experience the music of Easter, the beautifully decorated church, the Easter sermon, and together celebrate the first Eucharist Mass of Easter.  An old tradition at Ascension is for everyone to bring bells to ring as a  sign of our joy.

Easter Service April 8              10:15 AM        Church

Traditional Easter message, Music, and Festival High Mass. The proclamation of Jesus’ Resurrection is again accompanied by the bells brought by the congregation.

Come for some part or all of this series of reflection.  Holy Week and Easter services are great ways to meet new neighbors and check out a wonderful community church. For more information, please call the church office at (626) 355-1133 or visit: www.ascension-sierramadre.com.

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