Join us to celebrate Holy Week and Easter at St. Francis.
Holy Week at Saint Francis includes a variety of services in which we meditate on Jesus’ passion, death and resurrection, those great events which have brought us life and salvation. Holy Week commemorates the passion and suffering of Jesus, and Easter is an uplifting and glorious celebration of his resurrection.
We welcome you and your family, as well as any guests you have visiting for Easter. We are grateful you are celebrating with us, and we hope you will come again soon.
From our family to yours, Happy Easter
Easter Sunday 8am, 9:15am & 11:30am
On Easter Sunday, April 12th, we celebrate a Festal Eucharist featuring the St. Francis Choir and guest brass players. This triumphant service is powerful and beautiful, celebrating the resurrection of our Lord. This is one of our most popular services of the year, and the church is often full. We suggest you arrive early to find a seat and enjoy the musical prelude. Childcare is provided for young children during the 9:15am and 11:30am services.
An Easter Egg Hunt is held on the field behind Saint Francis Hall immediately after the 9:15am service. All children 12 and under are invited to join the fun! Please bring a basket to collect your eggs. (Rain location is in St. Francis Hall).
Palm Sunday 8am & 9:15am Holy Eucharist
On Palm Sunday, April 5th, we celebrate the Liturgy of the Palms with the Eucharist of the Passion at 8:00am and 9:15am. The 9:15am Liturgy begins in the Columbarium Plaza behind the Church with the Liturgy of the Palms and procession into the church. The Passion is then read, followed by the Holy Eucharist. Childcare is provided during the 9:15am service.
Holy Monday – Holy Wednesday 7:30pm: Holy Eucharist
On Monday through Wednesday of Holy Week, there is a celebration of the Eucharist each day in the Chapel at 7:30pm.
Maundy Thursday 7:30pm: Maundy Thursday Eucharist
On Maundy Thursday, April 9th, we have a Lamb Dinner and time of fellowship in St. Francis Hall, beginning at 6:30pm (RSVP for dinner is required). This is followed by the Eucharist of the Last Supper at 7:30pm, and the stripping of the Altar. A Gethsemane Vigil follows in the Chapel.
Good Friday 12 Noon: Solemn Liturgy
On Good Friday, April 10th, The Solemn Liturgy, which remembers Christ’s death and venerates his Holy Cross, is held at noon, followed by meditations and prayers during the three hours that he hung on the Cross, concluding with Evening Prayer at 2:30pm.
Good Friday 7:30pm: Stations of the Cross
The Stations of the Cross devotion is offered on Good Friday, April 19th, at 7:30pm.
Holy Saturday 9:30am: Liturgy of the Word
On Holy Saturday, we recall Christ’s rest in the tomb with a Liturgy of the Word at 9:30am in the Chapel.
Holy Saturday 7:30pm: The Great Easter Vigil at All Saints Church, Chevy Chase
A Joint Easter Vigil is celebrated on Holy Saturday evening at 7:30pm with several local Episcopal Churches. This service includes the first Eucharist of Easter.