All are welcome to join us for Holy Week at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Spokane. We are located at 2404 N. Howard St., just five minutes north of Gonzaga University and Downtown. From early times, Christians have observed the week before Easter as a time of special devotion. Jerusalem contained many sacred places that were sites for devotion and liturgy. Numerous pilgrims to the holy city followed the path of Jesus in his last days. They formed processions, worshipped where Christ suffered and died, and venerated relics. From this beginning evolved the rites we observe today on Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday. These services provide a liturgical experience of the last days of Jesus' earthly life, as well as the time and events leading up to his resurrection. We hope you will consider joining us to experience the tradition, awe, and reverence of Holy Week.
Palm Sunday, 4/14/19
8:00 am - Spoken liturgy
9:15 am - Breakfast and Way of Love study
10:30 am - Liturgy with music
The Sunday before Easter in which we celebrate Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem, and solemnly recall his Passion on the cross.
Maundy Thursday 4/18/19
10:30 am - Brunch and liturgy
The Thursday of Holy Week is part of the Triduum, or three holy days before Easter. It comes from the Latin mandatum novum, "new commandment.” Includes the ceremony of washing feet, which was historically referred to as "the Maundy." Following this, the altar is stripped and all decorative furnishings are removed from the church.
Good Friday, 4/19/19
12:00 pm - Liturgy with music and Stations of the Cross
The Friday before Easter Day, on which the church commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus. It is a day of fasting and special acts of discipline and self-denial.
Holy Saturday 4/20/19
9:00 am - Church preparation (volunteers only)
10:00 am to 2:00 pm - Quiet day with lunch provided
The sanctuary will be open to all for four hours of silent contemplative time.
Guests are welcome to join in gardening on the church grounds.
2:00 pm - Church decoration (volunteers only)
The Saturday after Good Friday, which recalls the day when the crucified Christ visited among the dead while his body lay in the tomb of Joseph of Arimathea.