All Saints Episcopal Church in Chicago

Holy Week

holyweek1Palm Sunday

On Palm Sunday, March 25, 2018, at the 9 and 11 o'clock services, we will begin our worship in the parish hall. With word and song and blessing of palms, we imagine in our mind's eye what the city of Jerusalem may have been like when Jesus processed through the streets and the people shouted for joy, waving and throwing palm fronds as he passed by. We, too, process in the streets, led by drummers and streamers. Then we enter the church and begin to wrestle with the notion that the same people who rejoice in Jesus' arrival, a few days later support his crucifixion. We hear and take part in the recalling of Jesus' last days, and then depart the church in silence.

holyweek2Monday in Holy Week

During this service at 7:30pm on Monday,March 26, we will gather to sing and pray and lift up our needs and hopes for wholeness, for ourselves and for others. A litany of healing is followed by the sacrament of laying on of hands and anointing, during which time meditative instrumental music is played. The service concludes with a Eucharist.


Tuesday in Holy Week

At All Saints', we feed people: physically, spiritually, and emotionally. During this service at 7:30pm on Tuesday, March 27, we will explore our individual and communal hungers through word, song, and Eucharist. You are invited to volunteer at our community kitchen, Ravenswood Community Services, prior to joining us for worship.

Wednesday in Holy Week

On Wednesday, March 28, at 7:30pm, we'll gather for Holden Evening Prayer, a brief service of rich melodies, silence, and candlelight.

holyweek3Maundy Thursday

On Maundy Thursday, March 29, we will remember three events from the last night Jesus spent with his friends: sharing a meal with his disciples, washing their feet, and asking them to pray with him in the Garden of Gethsemane as he awaited betrayal and death. At 6:00pm we will gather in the parish hall for a simple supper of bread, cheese, and fruit, and we receive the Holy Eucharist at our tables. Then, we wash one another's feet as a sign of mutual service. These simple acts of hospitality and humility invite us into deeper fellowship with one another. Finally, we walk with Jesus into the church and wait in the darkness as the altar is stripped. Following the service, the church is open for meditation and our rector Bonnie is available for confession by reservation from 9pm-11pm.

holyweek5Good Friday

On Good Friday, March 30, Morning Prayer will be held at 7:00am and the Stations of the Cross at 12:00pm. From 1:00-3:00pm, the church will be open for reflection, and our associate rector Emily will be available for conversation and confession. At 8:00pm the evening liturgy will begin.

Holy Saturday

On Holy Saturday, March 31, Morning Prayer will be held at 9:00am, an Easter Egg Hunt will be held on our lawn from 10:00am-12:00pm, and the Great Vigil of Easter will be held in the church at 8:00pm.

Easter Sunday

On Easter Sunday, April 1 (no joke), festival Eucharist services will be held at 8:00am, 9:00am, and 11:00am.