Holy Week

Holy WeekThere is no on-site worship, but Holy Week services will be recorded and visible on the CtK Twinsburg channel of YouTube.

Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday worship. Palm Sunday worship includes a dramatic reading of the Gospel account of Jesus’ Passion leading to his death on a cross, which is why the day is also referred to as the Sunday of the Passion. Historically the Sunday worship service begins with a procession with palms.  Here is the link to Palm/Passion Sunday abbreviated worship with the reading of Christ’s Passion from the Gospel of Matthew. Palm Sunday weekend worship bulletin link

Maundy Thursday, April 9th, 2020, is the day in the church year when Christians commemorate Jesus’ Last Supper in the Upper Room with his disciples, prior to his betrayal by Judas Iscariot. It is the official end of Lent and the beginning of the Triduum, or Three Days, leading up to Christ’s resurrection on Easter morning. On the Thursday of Holy Week – the week between Palm Sunday and Easter – CtK usually has worship at 7 PM but is not holding on-site worship in 2020 due to COVID-19.  Historically, this service has included Holy Communion and the stripping of the altar in anticipation of the following day – Good Friday. Worshipers are asked to leave the service in silence.  Here is the link to Pastor Matthew’s Maundy Thursday worship message. Maundy Thursday worship bulletin link

Good Friday ChancelGood Friday, April 10th, 2020 is the most somber day of the Christian year when we remember Jesus’ death on the cross.  In a typical year, the 7 PM Good Friday worship service at Christ the King is a service of darkness and shadows as we remember Jesus’ crucifixion. The service concludes with a somber veneration of the cross. The photo at left shows the altar during Good Friday worship. Pastor Matthew’s message for Good Friday may be heard at this link. Good Friday worship bulletin link

On the evening before Easter (Saturday, April 11th, in 2020), CtK typically holds an 8:00 PM Easter Vigil that begins by gathering outside around a new fire. The service continues with a procession into the sanctuary, followed by hearing several Old Testament stories of faith. The service concludes with a celebration of Christ’s resurrection and Holy Communion.  (There is no 5:30 PM worship on the evening of the Easter Vigil.)  Pastor Matthew’s message for the Easter Vigil may be seen at this link. Easter Vigil worship bulletin link

Worship virtually on the holiest day of the Christian year as we celebrate Christ’s resurrection with worship on Easter Sunday, April 12th, 2020.   Pastor Matthew’s recorded Easter Sunday message is at this link. Easter Sunday worship bulletin link

In 2020 Palm/Passion Sunday is on April 5th, Maundy Thursday is on April 9th, Good Friday is on April 10th, and the Vigil of Easter will be Saturday, April 11th.