Lent & Holy Week at Christ Church

As we gather during Lent, we are reminded that we are, indeed, mortal, but also that we are on a journey toward Easter, which carries with it the unfailing promise of life abundant in the Risen Christ.

Read below to view a full list of our programs and offerings, and be sure to check our our Lenten resource table in the Commons:

Weekly Devotion Emails

Beginning Mondays in Lent, we’ll share a weekly devotion, written by Christ Church parishioners, clergy and staff members. If you are already on our email list, you’ll automatically receive these messages. If you’d like to be added to receive messages like this from Christ Church, please visit this link. To listen to this year’s devotionals, visit this link.

Lenten Yoga

Join Deborah Benton on Fridays during Lent at 9:45 a.m. in room 128 (the All Saints’ Room). Let us open our hands and hearts through movement and breath. No experience necessary.

Journey to Holy Week Service – March 29

Please join us Wednesday, March 29, at 5:30 p.m. for our Journey to Holy Week service. We’ll begin with the celebration of Palm Sunday, which will even include a live donkey! Then we will move through the events of Holy Thursday, taking part in the ritual of foot-washing and remembering the last meal Jesus shared with his friends. We will remember the final days of Jesus’ life with prayers and song and the service will end with the promise of Easter resurrection. This will be a 45-minute service, and pizza will be served after. RSVP or pay at the door for the pizza dinner via this link.

Music of Sacrifice & Salvation – April 2 at 5 p.m.

The Raleigh Bach Soloists and Christ Church Brass present a concert of beautiful and vibrant music  including John Ireland’s dynamic and triumphant meditation on the cross, Vexilla Regis, Francis Poulenc’s dark and beautiful a cappella Mass in G Major, and the world premier of David Jernigan’s “Ah, holy Jesus” for congregation, choir, brass quartet, and organ. This concert will be held at Christ Church in place of the 5 p.m. service on Palm Sunday. It is free, and open to all.

Easter Memorials – due April 2

If you would like to honor or remember a loved one through the gift of music and/or lilies for our Easter Sunday services, please submit information using the links below by April 2.

Lilies – Click HERE
Music – Click HERE

Easter Offering

This year’s Easter Offering will support the the earthquake relief efforts in Turkey and Syria. On Feb. 6, a devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake occurred in southern Turkey and northern Syria followed by many aftershocks. The death toll has surpassed 50,000 and has caused widespread destruction across the region leaving millions of people without shelter, food, and medical supplies. You can support this offering at any of Christ Church’s Easter services, online via this link or mail a check to Christ Church – Attn: Easter Offering. Thank you for helping us as we work together to help support families.

Holy Week & Easter Services

We will offer three services of Holy Eucharist on April 9, Easter Sunday – 8 a.m. (outdoors), 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. The 9 a.m. service will be followed by an Easter egg hunt in the south courtyard. We will also share online services via email on Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Day.

Holy Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday, April 3-5
12 p.m. service of Holy Eucharist in the Chapel

Maundy Thursday, April 6
7 p.m. service of Holy Eucharist and Stripping of the Altar in the Church

Good Friday, April 7
12 p.m. Good Friday liturgy in the Church; the Passion Gospel will be read at this service
7 p.m. Good Friday liturgy in the Church; the Passion Gospel will be sung by the choir at this service

The Great Vigil – Saturday, April 8
7:30 p.m. Easter Vigil service will begin in the South Courtyard

Easter Day, April 9
8 a.m. (outside weather permitting), *9 a.m. and *11 a.m. services in the Church; no 5 p.m. service

*Please bring flowers from your garden to “Flower the Cross” on Easter morning. Extra flowers will be available so that all may participate. There will also be an Easter egg hunt for children of all ages on Easter Day in between the  9 a.m. & 11 a.m. services. Please remember to bring your own basket.

Online Resources