Holy Week and Easter Day

Our Lenten journey culminates in the Feast of the Resurrection: Easter Day. Holy Week is the last leg of the journey and begins on Palm Sunday, March 28 and concludes in the Great Triduum, the three-day celebration of Jesus' Passion and Resurrection (Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, & the Easter Vigil). 


Holy Week offers the invitation to walk sacramentally and liturgically with Jesus through the last week of His life and in doing so finding our story in his story. In doing this, we remember that redemption didn't just happen over 2000 years ago on a hill called Golgotha, but redemption happens today in Nashville, TN and in a people called St. Bartholomew's. 


We are very pleased to offer in-person opportunities for all of Holy Week and Easter. 


Please sign-up early and be mindful that capacity is still limited and in the case of inclement weather, outdoor services will be canceled. Masks and social distancing will still be necessary. 


Reserve your seat at one of our Holy Week & Easter liturgies >>>here


Find infographics about Holy Week liturgies >>>here!


Holy Week Liturgical Bulletins

View the liturgical bulletin for the Maundy Thursday service here.

View the liturgical bulletin for the Good Friday service here.

View the liturgical bulletin for the Great Vigil of Easter here.

View the liturgical bulletin for the 9:30 a.m. Easter Sunday service here.



Holy Week Children's Bulletins

View the children's bulletin for the Maundy Thursday service here.

View the children's bulletin for the Good Friday service here.

View the children's bulletin for the 9:30 a.m. Easter Sunday service here.


Palm Sunday

March 28, 2021

Worship on Palm Sunday begins with the Liturgy of the Palms, as we remember how Jesus entered Jerusalem to the laying down of palms and shouts of “Hosanna,” battle cries of a people who believed their King was about to claim back their “Holy City,” not die on a cross. The tone of the liturgy changes following the Procession of the Palms with the reading of the Passion Gospel, which is the story of Jesus' suffering in His last days and hours. 


Palm Sunday Services:

8:00 am: Eucharist in the Garden with music and singing

9:30 am: Eucharist in the Nave with music and live-streamed

11:00 am: Eucharist in the Garden


Sign-up is required for in-person worship at all three services

Reserve your seat >>>here

Day of Reconciliation

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

9 a.m. -12 p.m. and 1 - 3 p.m. or by appointment

No sign-up required


The sacramental rite, Reconciliation of a Penitent, will be offered on Wednesday of Holy Week from 9 a.m. to Noon and 1 to 3 p.m. or by appointment. The rite creates space to confess to God, in the presence of a priest, the ways we miss the mark and receive the assurance of pardon and the grace of absolution. Clergy will be available at the prayer desks on either side of the altar rail in the sanctuary. Preparation sheets will be available ahead of time. 


Please email churchoffice@stbs.net to make an appointment. 


Note: Holy Eucharist will still be held at 12:15 p.m.  


Maundy Thursday

April 1, 2021

The Triduum of Holy Week begins on Maundy Thursday. 


Maundy is the Latin word for command (mandatum), and it refers to the command given by Jesus to love one another as demonstrated on the night Christ washed the disciple’s feet and transformed the Passover meal. The evening also celebrates the institution of the Holy Eucharist. 


Following communion, a time of watching, waiting, and contemplating begins, as the altar and sanctuary are stripped bare commemorating Christ Who was stripped of His clothes.


Please note that due to COVID, we will not be washing each other's feet this year in the nave, but the clergy will offer drive-thru Communion following the service from 8 to 9 p.m. 


Maundy Thursday Services: 

7:00 pm: Eucharist in the Nave with music and live-streamed. Sign-up required. Reserve your seat >>>here

8:00 pm: Drive-Thru Communion, no sign up required


Midday Eucharist will not be held at 12:15 p.m. 


 


Prayer Vigil

8:30 p.m. (Maundy Thursday) - Noon (Good Friday)

We remember on Maundy Thursday not only Christ's call to wash each other’s feet, but also His call to keep watch and pray with him in the garden. A prayer vigil is held following the service and continues through noon on Good Friday, the hour when Jesus was nailed to the Cross. Reserved sacrament, consecrated at the Maundy Thursday, is kept in the Altar of Repose for use on Good Friday.  


The sanctuary will remain unlocked through the night. Sign-up to keep watch an hour at a time. 


Sign-up for a shift in the prayer vigil >>>here.


Stations of the Cross &

Veneration of the Cross

Good Friday, April 2

Stations of the Cross can be traced back to people who made actual pilgrimage to Jerusalem in the earliest years of the Church. It is a way of praying through Christ’s journey to the cross, from His arrest through His passion, without having to actually travel to the Holy City. You can find Stations of the Cross around the walking path and on the walls of the nave in the church.


This year, we will offer throughout the day an interactive Stations of the Cross. Guides for both families and individuals will be provided that are both interactive and contemplative. At 12 p.m. Rev. Serena will lead a guided Stations around the walking path for five households. Sign-up is required for this. 


The Veneration of the Cross is traditionally part of the Good Friday Liturgy. Given pandemic constraints, we have separated this from the rest of the service. This year, the church will be open all day and the wooden cross will be laid on the chancel steps for veneration and private prayer. Sign-up is not required


Good Friday Options


9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Self-Guided Stations of the Cross

9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Private Prayer & Veneration of the Cross in the Nave

12 p.m. Guided Stations for 5 Households with Rev. Serena



Sign-up is required for the guided Stations of the Cross. 

Reserve your place >>>here

Midday Eucharist will not be held at 12:15 p.m .



Good Friday Liturgy

April 2, 2021  

The Triduum continues with the Good Friday liturgy. 


This part of the Triduum dates back to the third century and marks the solemnity of this day. The Passion and death of our Lord are read from the Gospel of John, followed by a homily and what is known as the Solemn Collects. The prayers of the people call us to remember our responsibility to continue the mission of Jesus in the wake of His death.


Please note that the veneration of the cross will not take place during the liturgy this year. The sanctuary will be open all day for private prayer and veneration at the cross. 



Good Friday Liturgy


7:00 pm: In the Nave with music and live-streamed. Sign-up is required

Reserve your place >>>HERE


Midday Eucharist will not be held at 12:15 p.m. 



Holy Saturday

April 3, 2021

The Triduum (and Holy Week) concludes at the Great Vigil of Easter. 


The Easter Vigil contains some of the oldest prayers and rituals in the Christian tradition. The liturgy is made up of four parts, the first being the Service of Light: A fire is kindled in the back of the church, marking the resurrection of Christ sometime in the night. From this fire, the Paschal Candle is lit and then the congregants' candles. The second part is the Service of the Word where we hear the story of salvation told through the reading of lessons. Thirdly, the liturgy unfolds with baptisms and our own recommitment to Christ, His church, and His mission in the world. Finally, the liturgy concludes with the first Eucharist of Easter.


This year the Great Vigil of Easter will be held outside in the garden. 


The Easter Vigil

7:00 pm: In the Garden, sign-up necessary. 

Reserve your place >>>here

No live-stream



Easter Day

April 4, 2021

Stand with Mary at the empty tomb declaring Christ is risen again. Celebrate Easter with us as we will proclaim together, “The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia. Alleluia.” 


Easter Day Services:

8:00 am: Eucharist in the Garden with music and singing

9:30 am: Eucharist in the Nave with music and live-streamed

11:00 am: Eucharist in the Garden


Sign-up is required for in-person worship at all three services

Reserve your seat >>>here