St. John’s Episcopal Church
207 Albany Avenue, Kingston, NY 12401

Holy Week

Holy Week is the most sacred time in the Christian faith.

From earliest times Christians have observed the week before Easter as a time of special devotion that can have a life-changing effect on us in the present. Jerusalem is the site of many sacred places where Jesus suffered and died. And for centuries, pilgrims have followed the path of Jesus in his last days at these places with processions and worship services.

The rites Episcopalians and other Christians will observe during Holy Week evolved from the observances of the pilgrims at these holy sites. These rites provide a worship experience of the last days of Jesus’ earthly life, as well as the time and events leading up to the Resurrection.

Come and worship this coming week and journey into the deeper meaning of Easter.


Palm Sunday     March 24 at 10:00 am
We begin the story of Jesus’ final days by reflecting on his triumphant entry into Jerusalem. Young people’s lesson will be offered.


 Maundy Thursday     March 28 at 6:00 pm
We come together for a time of healing prayers, foot-washing, communion, and the stripping of our altar.


 Good Friday     March 29 at 1:00 pm
We are asked to acknowledge and grieve the difficulties, despair, and sin in our individual and collective lives.


 Holy Saturday Prayers     March 30 at 9:00 am
We gather for quiet reflection and prayer and then spend time preparing the space for the Easter celebration.


The Great Vigil of Easter     March 30 at 8:00 pm
Gathering around the new fire, we tell the ancient stories of salvation and celebrate the first witness of the Risen Christ. Bring bells from home!


Easter Sunday     March 31 at 10:00 am
A traditional Easter Sunday choral Eucharistic worship. Afterwards, Community Brunch and Egg Hunt for kids.