Holy Week is a very special time of the year for Christians. We commemorate and remember the last week of Jesus' life on this earth. These are the days leading up to the great Resurrection Celebration. As the Lenten season of sacrifice and self-denial comes to an end, the great focus of Holy Week is the Passion (suffering) and Resurrection of Jesus Christ and the events that led up to it.
Sunday, March 25 - 8:00am, 10:00am
Palm Sunday is the day we celebrate the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, one week before His resurrection. Jesus entered the holy city to the cheers of the people, who laid palm branches and cloaks down as a welcome to Jerusalem. Palm Sunday marks the start of what is often called “Passion Week,” the final seven days of Jesus’ earthly ministry. At Foundation we celebrate this day with a parade of children singing and waving palm branches.
Monday, March 26 - 7:00pm
This day is typically marked with Bible readings and certain hymns.
According to tradition, Holy Monday is the day on which Jesus cleansed the temple, was praised by local children, and cursed the fig tree. It is the day following Palm Sunday, when Jesus came to Jerusalem in the triumphal entry At Foundation, we mark this day as the Easter Orthodox church did, with liturgical readings, songs, and quiet meditation.
Tuesday, March 27 - 7:00pm
Holy Tuesday is typically marked with readings of particular passages of Scriptures and the singing of relevant hymns. WE follow that same tradition here at Foundation. According to common interpretation of the Bible, Holy Tuesday is when Jesus was issued various challenges by the Pharisees and Sadducees over subjects such as marriage in heaven, paying taxes to Caesar, and the source of His authority.
Thursday, March 29 - 6:00pm
Cost: $10.00, reservations required
The Seder is a feast that includes reading, drinking wine, telling stories, eating special foods and singing, all done in a specific order. As per Biblical command, it is held after nightfall on the first night of Passover, the anniversary of Israel's miraculous exodus from Egyptian slavery more than 3,000 years ago. The elements of the Passover all point to Messiah, and our presentation links them to the risen Christ.
Friday, March 30 - 8:00pm
We celebrate Good Friday with a subdued service, called a Reverse Advent, led by our youth. Rather than lighting the Advent candles one by one, they are snuffed out one by one, until the room is left in darkness. Christ’s death is remembered with solemn music, readings, a message centered on Christ’s suffering for our sakes, and observance of the Lord’s Supper. Whether or not Christians choose to “celebrate” Good Friday, the events of that day should be ever on our minds because the death of Christ on the cross—along with His bodily resurrection—is the paramount event of the Christian faith.
Sunday, April 1 -
7:00am - Sunrise Service: wear comfortable clothing, bring a lawn chair or blanket, sing some celebratory songs, marking the empty tomb that greeted Mary as dawn broke on Easter morning. PLEASE NOTE LOCATION CHANGE: this year we will hold the service under the trees at the front corner of our property.
8:00am - (Riley Center) Emerse yourself in a meditative taize service with responsive readings based on the stations of the cross, and concluding with the weekly communion observance.
10:00am - (Life Center) He is not here, He is risen! He is risen indeed! Join us to celebrate our risen Savior. We'll have very special music selections, and an inspiring message from our pastor, ending with communion and an opportunity to respond to this Good News.