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8:00 a.m. – Holy Eucharist is a traditional Rite I service without music. The congregation appreciates a quieter, contemplative mode of worship.

10:30 a.m. – This Choral and Family Holy Eucharist liturgy is based on Rite II and music comes from both the renewal movement and the hymnal. There is a young people’s moment and large family participation. People of many different ages enjoy this style of worship. This service has our Adult Choir singing. The service music reflects the theme of the lectionary readings for each Sunday. Prayers for healing are offered at this service during the serving of communion.

A nursery is provided from 8:50 to 12:10 p.m. on Sundays so young children can be cared for throughout breakfast and Children’s Formation time, as well as during the 10:30 service and coffee time that follows. However, parents may choose to have their little children in worship with them. We encourage school-age children to worship with their families.

3rd Sundays, 7:00 p.m., Taizé Service – On the third Sunday evening of each month we offer a Taizé service attended by an ecumenical congregation which enjoys this reflective form of worship incorporating silence, candles, chants, meditative readings and prayers. Prayers for healing are also offered at this service.

WEDNESDAY 12:15 p.m. Holy Eucharist and Healing Service
This is our midweek communion and healing service. It is usually attended by 8-12 people and provides an opportunity for the priest and prayer minister(s) to pray for each person who desires prayer.

9:25 – 10:20 a.m. Sunday School, (Sept.-May) For ages 3 through adult, with Nursery available for the youngest members. Most Sundays offer three adult studies (Sept. – May).

For full descriptions of our Christian Education offerings visit Spiritual Growth.

Holy Week in the Episcopal Church and at Grace, Asheville

Holy Week is the week leading to The Day of Resurrection or Easter Day. The first record of Holy Week services comes to us from Egeria, a pilgrim who traveled to Jerusalem in the 4th Century. The Triduum, or “three holy days” of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday help us to prepare for Easter Day. Please join us for all of these days of special observance.

March 6 – Ash Wednesday
7:45 Holy Eucharist Rite I
9:00 Holy Eucharist Rite II (Family Oriented)
11:15 Holy Eucharist Rite II (Choral)

Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday in Holy Week
12:15 Holy Eucharist Rite II (Simple)

April 18 – Maundy Thursday
Maundy Thursday is the name given to the Thursday in Holy Week, the week leading up to Easter Sunday. The word “maundy” comes from the Latin mandatum novum, or “new commandment,” as found in the Gospel of John:

I give you a new commandment, that you love one another.
Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.
John 13:34

Maundy Thursday celebrations commemorate the institution of the Eucharist by Jesus “on the night he was betrayed.”
The liturgy service for Maundy Thursday often includes a ceremonial washing of feet, which follows the gospel and homily, and a Holy Eucharist.
Following this service, the altar is stripped and all decorative furnishings are removed from the church in preparation for Good Friday and Holy Saturday.

This year, before the Maundy Thursday service we will have a Seder Meal (40 tickets available) at 5:30. The Maundy Thursday liturgy will begin between 6:45 and 7 pm.

April 19 – Good Friday
Good Friday is the Friday before Easter Day — the day on which we commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus. It is considered a day of fasting and special acts of discipline and self-denial.

At Grace, there are Good Friday services at noon and 6 PM. Additionally between 1-3 PM the Church is open for those who wish to meditate on the meaning of the day. The 6PM liturgy includes the Stations of the Cross.

The liturgy of the day includes John’s account of the Passion gospel, a solemn form of intercession known as the solemn collects (dating from ancient Rome), and optional devotions before the cross (commonly known as the veneration of the cross).

The Eucharist is not celebrated in the Episcopal Church on Good Friday. People who attend Good Friday services sometimes receive Holy Communion from the bread and wine consecrated at the Maundy Thursday service.

12 Noon Good Friday Liturgy
6:00 Good Friday Liturgy with Stations of the Cross

April 20 – Holy Saturday
Holy Saturday is the day before Easter Sunday. It recalls the day Jesus’s body lay in the tomb of Joseph of Arimathea.

In the Episcopal Church there is no Eucharist on Holy Saturday. Instead, our Book of Common Prayer provides a simple Liturgy of the Word with collect and readings for the Holy Saturday service. In the ancient church, those preparing for baptism and perhaps others continued the fast they began on Good Friday.

Holy Saturday ends at sunset. Fasting and other preparations end at sunset or with the Easter Vigil, which begins the celebration of Easter.

This day we have a Service of Remembrance for those interred in our Memorial Garden at 10AM.

10:00 Service of Remembrance in Memorial Garden
8:15 The Great Vigil of Easter

April 21 – Easter Sunday
The Easter Vigil

The Easter Vigil — sometimes called the Great Vigil — is the first celebration of Easter, and traditionally begins in darkness, sometime between sunset on Holy Saturday and sunrise on Easter.

The Great Vigil follows a pattern set down from ancient times. In the early Church, believers would gather in the hours of darkness ending at dawn on Easter to hear scripture and offer prayer. This night-long service of prayerful watching anticipated the baptisms that would come at first light and the Easter Eucharist. Easter was the time for baptism for new members of the early church. This practice linked the meanings of Christ’s dying and rising to the understanding of baptism.

The Easter Vigil can last up to 2 hours, and has four parts:

The Service of Light
Kindling of new fire, lighting the Paschal candle, the chanted hymn the Exsultet

The Service of Lessons
Readings from the Hebrew Scriptures interspersed with psalms, canticles, and prayers

The Rite of Christian Initiation
Holy Baptism, or the Renewal of Baptismal Vows

Holy Eucharist
The Great Vigil of Easter will begin at 8:15 PM Saturday evening.

Easter Sunday
We celebrate this day with millions of sister and brother Christians throughout the world with Holy Eucharist. Bring bells to ring and flowers to adorn as we “flower the cross.” Church classes will not meet as there will be an Easter Egg Hunt immediately following the 9 a.m. service. “We have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his.” Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Our services will be at 7:45 a.m. (Rite I), 9 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.

7:45 Holy Eucharist Rite I
9:00 Holy Eucharist Rite II (Family Oriented)
10:00 Easter Egg Hunt for Children
11:15 Holy Eucharist Rite II (Choral)