Slideshows

2017

@ St Philip's

Palm Sunday             April 9 at 10am
Maundy Thursday      April 13 at 7pm
Good Friday               April 14 at 11am
Easter Sunday           April 16 at 10am

@ Centennial Park on the hill

Easter Sunrise     April 16 at 6:33am

  

What is Holy Week?

As springtime arrives and we get closer to Easter, many Christians begin talking about “Holy Week.” So what is Holy Week, and why does it matter?
  
Since the beginnings of Christianity, followers of Jesus gather and remember the last days of Jesus’ earthly life. It is this time of remembering that we call “Holy Week.”  Holy Week recalls the events of the week that led up to the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
  
Over the years, this week has been considered the most important and holy time in the life of the church—especially what is known as the “Triduum” — or Great Three Days — of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter morning.
   
Holy week starts with Palm Sunday, remembering the shouts of "Hosanna!" as Jesus entered Jerusalem on the back of a donkey.  Maundy Thursday we remember Jesus' last supper that gave us the sacrament of Holy Communion, or the Eucharist.  Also remembered is Jesus washing the disciples feet.  We leave the worship service in darkness after stripping the altar in preparation for the bare starkness of Good Friday.  Good Friday we solemnly remember Jesus on the cross giving his life for each of us.
   
Holy Week ends with Easter Sunday when we bring back the "Alleluias".  He is risen!  He is risen indeed!  We celebrate resurrection joy as we remember God's love and Jesus' sacrifice for us.
  
Join us for worship during Holy Week, as we contemplate the suffering, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ and what it means to each one of us.
  
Good Friday Eggs
Come take part in an Easter tradition:  colour eggs with us!  At this family event, we welcome everyone for a simple lunch after the Good Friday Service -- we all are a part of the St Philip's family!  We start at about 12:00pm (noon), eat and then colour eggs.  Everything is provided to colour them; you just bring the hard cooked eggs.  (Free will offering to cover the costs.)
Why coloured eggs?  
  

There are many theories about how this tradition started, but it is clear that it dates back thousands of years.  Hard cooked eggs are also linked to the Seder Supper which Jesus celebrated on the Thursday of Holy Week (which was a holy week for him as well, the celebration of the Passover).  

For some symbolism is found in the hard shell of the egg as the sealed Tomb of Christ — the cracking of which symbolized his resurrection from the dead.  Eggs are also seen to symbolize renewal and springtime, the renewal of the earth in our seasons (new growth).  

Some colour the eggs red to symbolize the blood of Christ.  Others, like us, use bright and "spring" colours, again to be reminded of renewal.