7 pm March 29
As we read the story of Jesus’ trial and crucifixion, we extinguish candles, one by one, and sing stanzas from Hans Leo Hassler’s “Passion Chorale” (O Sacred Head, Now Wounded). After the final candle is extinguished, we remove all worship symbols from the sanctuary (this is called “stripping the chancel”) and we shroud the cross in black. Only one light remains, focused on the cross, as we come forward to have our hands anointed with myrrh. We leave the sanctuary in silence.
You are encouraged to join us in this meditation on Christ’s sacrifice for us, as you enter into the silence of Holy Saturday. Then, join us again on Sunday morning, as we celebrate Christ’s triumph over death!