HOLY WEEK SERVICES
Palm Sunday, March 29, 2015
9 AM Tenebrae Service*
Thursday, April 2, 2015
5:30 PM Maundy Thursday Service
Friday, April 3, 2015
Noon - Community Good Friday Service
Christ the King Church
6030 North US Highway 1, Melbourne, FL 32940
(Building formerly used by Space Coast Harley Davidson)
Sunday, April 5, 2015
Easter Services at 8 and 10 AM. Sunday School for children at 9:55 AM. Easter Egg Hunt at Coffee Hour following 10 AM service
Please send plain baskets with children to decorate during Sunday School on Easter. We will be having some "practice egg hunts" during Sunday School to get ready for the big egg hunt during coffee hour.
We will have one service at 9 AM on Palm Sunday. There will be no Sunday School so the children may experience the Tenebrae service* with their families.
*So what is a Tenebrae service?
The service follows a tradition of the church dating back to the eighth century. From Latin, the word tenebrae means "darkness" and commemorates the final hours of our Lord's life on earth. The extinguishing of candles symbolizes the fading loyalty of the disciples and friends of Jesus. Readings are interspersed with choral pieces, including a series of readings about the Last Supper, after which the congregation partakes in Holy Communion. At the end of the service, a formal dismissal is made, followed by the tolling of the church bell in honor of the 33 years of Christ's short life. Everyone departs in silence to reflect on the significance of Holy Week -- those ominous days that preceded the glorious news of Easter.
Special thanks to members of the St. Mark's Parish Choir for their time and dedication to preparing for the service, and to Fr. Tom, Susan Blakeslee and the readers.