Holy Week

A Guide to Preparing your Home for Holy Week

Creating a Holy Space

  • Perhaps a room in your home could be designated as space in which to keep Holy Week. A dining room, den, corner of the living room-any would work (we use the dining room).
  • If a designated room is not possible, consider a “pop-up space.” A desk or table or sitting area could be used for observing the liturgies and prayers of Holy Week, even if it needs to be used for other things throughout the day.
  • Candles, a lamp, a Bible, a Prayer Book, an icon or cross, or even a calming piece of art can be used to define the space. Aim for simplicity. Consider fabric you may have around the house.  A deep red or purple strip of cloth can be used.

Here are some items that would work for each day in Holy Week.

Holy Week and Easter Schedule of Services

All services livestreamed at www.facebook.com/stmaryspr unless otherwise indicated
Bulletins available at www.stmaryspr.org/nav/holy-week

Palm Sunday-April 5
10:00 a.m.

Maundy Thursday-April 9
7:30 p.m.

Good Friday-April 10
7:30 p.m.

The Great Vigil of Easter-Saturday, April 11
7:30 p.m.

The Great Vigil begins with the lighting of candles, the opening prayers, and the first reading at 7:30 p.m. Vigil readings will be livestreamed periodically through the evening at appointed times. Times for readings are available on the Facebook page and in the service program.

Easter Morning (Sunrise)-The Great Vigil Continues-Sunday, April 12
6: 00 a.m.

Easter Morning (later)-Washington National Cathedral-live webcast
10:15 a.m. central (11:15 a.m. eastern)


All services will be posted to www.stmaryspr.org for viewing later