Services For Holy Week and Easter at St. Margaret’s
Worship on Maundy Thursday, April 2, is an Agape Feast at 6 p.m. in the Parish Hall. The Maundy Thursday Liturgy recalls the Last Supper of Jesus on the night of his betrayal. It focuses on two major themes: Holy Hospitality and the institution of the Eucharist. The service concludes with the stripping of the altar as an act of preparation for Good Friday. The Agape Feast dates to apostolic times and is a simple, potluck meal. Those attending are asked to bring bread, cheese, olives and fruit to share. Soup will be provided. The altar is stripped in preparation for the desolation that follows his arrest and trial, and an “Altar of Repose” is set as a tomb for Jesus. There is Holy Communion, a homily from the Rector, and music from the All Saints’ Choir.
On Good Friday, April 3, there are services at 12:15 p.m. and 6 p.m. At 12:15 p.m the Passion Story from John’s Gospel is read, and the Solemn Collects are prayed. There is a Meditation from the Priest In Charge and Communion of the pre-sanctified (bread and wine consecrated on Maundy Thursday). At 7 p.m. an Ecumenical Service of Tenebrae will be held at The First Baptist Church, 95 High Street, Belfast.
The Great Vigil of Easter will be celebrated at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 4, at St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church, 33 Chestnut Street, Camden, and will include clergy and parishioners from St. Thomas; St. Peter’s Episcopal and Nativity Lutheran Churches, Rockland; St. John Baptist Episcopal Church, Thomaston; and St. Margaret’s. The Rev. Lael Sorensen, rector of St. Peter’s, will preach.
On Easter Sunday, April 5, there will be three celebrations of Jesus’ Resurrection – the Sunrise Ecumenical Service at the Belfast Boat House, and St. Margaret’s Easter Eucharist services at 8 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. The usual coffee hour happens between services.