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Lent and Holy Week at St. Paul’s

The season of Lent starts this year on March 6 (Ash Wednesday) and ends on April 21 (Easter). Our parish community offers multiple opportunities to enrich your spiritual life during this season of focused devotion:


St. Paul’s offers a booklet of Lenten Meditations written by our clergy, parish associates, staff, and parishioners. Download the booklet here, pick up a copy in church, or click here to sign up for daily emails (choose Daily eMeditations).

Holy Week Worship Services

April 16 – Tuesday in Holy Week
7:30 p.m.  Praying with the Songs of Taizé

April 17 – Wednesday in Holy Week
12 p.m.  Holy Eucharist in the Chapel

April 18 – Maundy Thursday
5:30 p.m.  Holy Eucharist Family Service — Enter into the stories of Jesus’ last meal with his friends by sharing bread and wine and washing feet.
7:30 p.m.  Holy Eucharist with Choir and the stripping of the altar

April 19 – Good Friday
7:30 a.m.  Proper Liturgy for Good Friday
12-1 p.m.  Proper Liturgy for Good Friday, joint service at Christ Church
5:30 p.m.  Family Service — The stations of the cross have been rewritten with children in mind and are paired with art created by our youth projected on the ceiling of the church.
7:30 p.m.  Stations of the Cross

April 20 – Holy Saturday
12 p.m.  Holy Saturday Service in the Chapel
7:30 p.m.  The Great Vigil of Easter

April 21 – Easter Sunday*
6 a.m.  Sunrise Service at St. Paul’s Cemetery
7:45 a.m.  Holy Eucharist with Music
9 a.m.  Family Service with Holy Eucharist, Children’s Choir, and Brass
11 a.m.  Holy Eucharist with Choir and Brass

* Please note that there will be no Faith@5 or 5:00 Sunday services this weekend.

April 28**
11 a.m.  Bishop’s Visit with Baptism, Confirmation, and Reception

** In addition to other regularly scheduled services


Adult Forum Series: This Lenten season’s adult forum series is entitled “Biblical Fracking: Untold Stories of Faith.” We welcome the Rev. Frank Wade, currently the Interim Associate Dean of Students at VTS, and former interim dean of the Washington National Cathedral and former rector of St. Alban’s Episcopal Church. Join us Sundays at 10 a.m. in Norton Hall, March 17-31.

Parish Book Study: This Lent, we invite the parish to read a spiritual text together, the book Speaking of Sin by Barbara Brown Taylor. We’ll explore some of the words that make us uncomfortable — sin, damnation, repentance, penance, and salvation — and discuss the book at the adult forum on April 7. St. Paul’s offers the book for purchase for $12; text SIN to (571) 777-0188 or pick up a copy in the parish office.

Cloister Night: This program provides intentional devotion that resembles the deep spiritual experiences of living in a monastery. Beginning at 6:30 p.m. and meeting Tuesdays from March 12 through April 9, the evening consists of Eucharist, a simple supper, shared devotion, and prayerful silence. RSVP to cloisternight@gmail.com.