Holy Week 2019

Experience Holy Week with The Episcopal Church

The congregations of St. Paul’s/San Pablo Episcopal Church in Kansas City, Kan., and St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, Mission, Kan., welcome all to join them for their Holy Week services. Beginning on April 18, watch from this webpage (live stream or on demand) or from The Episcopal Church Facebook Page.

2019 Easter Message

The Episcopal Church Office of Communication thanks St. Paul’s/San Pablo Episcopal Church, St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church and the Episcopal Diocese of Kansas, and The Episcopal Church’s Office of Ethnic Ministries for their assistance.

Where and how to watch:

In addition to being available on this webpage, these Holy Week services will stream from The Episcopal Church Facebook page, beginning on April 18. Air dates and times are below:

April 18 – Maundy Thursday: Holy Eucharist with Foot Washing
8:00pm EDT | 7:00pm CDT | 6:00pm MDT | 5:00pm PDT
Facebook Event link.

April 19 – Good Friday: Live Stations of the Cross
7:00pm EDT | 6:00pm CDT | 5:00pm MDT | 4:00pm PDT
Facebook Event link.

April 20 – Holy Saturday: @ Breakfast at St. Paul’s/San Pablo
10:00am EDT | 9:00am CDT | 8:00am MDT | 7:00am PDT
Facebook Event link.

April 20 – The Great Vigil of Easter
8:00pm EDT | 7:00pm CDT | 6:00pm MDT | 5:00pm PDT
Facebook Event link.

April 21 – Easter Sunday: Festive Holy Eucharist
12:00pm EDT | 11:00am CDT | 10:00am MDT | 9:00am PDT
Facebook Event link.

People choosing to participate on the Episcopal Church Facebook page are invited to select each service’s Facebook Event option to receive a reminder shortly before the program airs. Facebook Event attendees will be able to comment and share their viewing experience with others around the world.

All services will be available for on-demand viewing on this page and The Episcopal Church Facebook page following the service’s live stream coverage.

April 18 – Maundy Thursday: Holy Eucharist with Foot Washing -
St. Paul’s/San Pablo Episcopal Church, Kansas City, Kansas
Watch live - 8:00pm EDT | 7:00pm CDT | 6:00pm MDT | 5:00pm PDT – or on-demand. 

Service bulletin.

This is the day that Jesus and his disciples celebrate the Jewish Passover meal, also known as the Last Supper. While they were eating, Jesus took a loaf of bread and a cup of wine and told the disciples these were his body and blood. He invited them to eat and drink these things to remember him. In John’s Gospel, Jesus washes the disciples’ feet, telling them to be servants of others, just as he was their servant. This profoundly beautiful act will be part of the Maundy Thursday service as clergy wash the feet of all who choose to take part.

At the end of the service, all decoration is removed from the altar, dramatizing the moment when Jesus is arrested and taken into custody where he will be tried, condemned, stripped, mocked and executed.  Grief, vulnerability, and austerity are embodied when the church is stripped of its vessels and vestments as we go with Jesus to dark Gethsemane.

Participating clergy: The Rt. Rev. Cathleen Bascom, 10th bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Kansas; the Rev. Canon Anthony Guillén, missioner, Latino/Hispanic Ministries and director, Ethnic Ministries, The Episcopal Church; the Rev. Samuel Borbón, associate missioner, Latino/Hispanic Ministries and program development, The Episcopal Church; the Rev. Dixie Roberts Junk; Deacon Gail Reynolds.

April 19 – Good Friday: Live Stations of the Cross as we walk with the immigrant Jesus in the community.
St. Paul’s/San Pablo Episcopal Church, Kansas City, Kansas
Watch live - 7:00pm EDT | 6:00pm CDT | 5:00pm MDT | 4:00pm PDT – or on-demand. 

Service Bulletin

Good Friday marks the day of Jesus’ crucifixion and death. In scripture, he had been arrested the previous night, handed over to the authorities, and condemned to die, along with two thieves.

This day, which is filled with images of Jesus’ very real pain and agony, may seem to be anything but good, but the term comes from an earlier English sense of “good,” meaning “holy”.

On this day, we see God incarnate in the person of Jesus Christ suffer and die for the sins of the world. Many churches will reenact the Stations of the Cross, a meditative walk through the last hours of Jesus’ life.

Participating clergy: The Rev. Dixie Roberts Junk and Deacon Gail Reynolds

April 20 – Holy Saturday: @ Breakfast at St. Paul’s/San Pablo.
St. Paul’s/San Pablo Episcopal Church, Kansas City, Kansas
Watch live - 10:00am EDT | 9:00am CDT | 8:00am MDT | 7:00am PDT – or on-demand. 

Service Bulletin

The Liturgy for Holy Saturday is a uniquely Anglican observance.  This, the shortest liturgy in the Prayer Book, invites us to experience the day after the Crucifixion - in which Jesus was dead, lying in the tomb.  The brevity and silence of this day invites reflection about what the world would be like if God was dead and all hope were lost.  This is the only day when the Eucharist is never celebrated.

Thanks be to God Holy Saturday is merely the penultimate Liturgy of Holy Week!

Participating clergy: The Rev. Anthony Guillén, the Rev. Samuel Borbón, the Rev. Dixie Roberts Junk and Deacon Gail Reynolds.

April 20 – The Great Vigil of Easter
St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, Mission, Kansas
Watch live - 8:00pm EDT | 7:00pm CDT | 6:00pm MDT | 5:00pm PDT – or on-demand.

The Great Vigil of Easter is intended to be the first (and arguably, the primary) celebration of Easter since the earliest days of the Church. Celebrated either at dawn on Easter Day or, following Jewish custom in which the next day begins at sundown, the service begins in darkness.

This beautiful Liturgy consists of four parts: The Service of Light (kindling of new fire to symbolize the light of Christ returning to the world, lighting the Paschal candle); The Service of Lessons (where we read sacred stories of how God has moved in all of history); Holy Baptism and/or the Renewal of Baptismal Vows; and the Eucharist.

The Vigil is old, mysterious, and exciting! Through this liturgy, the Episcopal Church recovers an ancient practice of keeping the Easter feast. Believers would gather in the hours of darkness ending at dawn on Easter to hear scripture and offer prayer. This is the night-long service of prayerful watching of the anticipated baptisms that would come at first light and the Easter Eucharist. Easter was the primary baptismal occasion for the early church; this practice linked the meanings of Christ's dying and rising to the understanding of baptism. This is perhaps the most surprising and vibrant service of Holy Week.

April 21 – Easter Sunday: Festive Holy Eucharist.
St. Paul’s/San Pablo Episcopal Church, Kansas City, Kansas
Watch live - 12:00pm EDT | 11:00am CDT | 10:00am MDT | 9:00am PDT – or on-demand. 

Service Bulletin

Alleluia! Christ is risen! The Lord is risen indeed! Alleluia! Easter morning is the principal liturgical celebration of the year—it is the day we celebrate the Resurrection of the Son of God from the dead. Today we hear of Mary Magdalene (and others, in Mark’s telling) coming to anoint Jesus’ body, only to find the great stone rolled away, and the tomb empty. As it dawns on these faithful women and the apostles, it dawns on us, too:  The One who only days earlier was humiliated, broken, beaten and killed, lives. We celebrate in the sure and certain hope that God has destroyed the power of death and the grave, and “opened for us the way of eternal life” (Catechism, Book of Common Prayer, p. 850). St. Paul’s will be adorned with flowers as a symbol of rebirth and joy in God’s creation. And all the faithful will gather to celebrate the triumph of love over death.

Participating clergy: The Rev. Samuel Borbón, the Rev. Dixie Roberts Junk and Deacon Gail Reynolds
Music: Trio Aztlan with Fedra Cooper Barrera.