Pastor Margay’s March, 2018 Article
The Three Days— Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Great Vigil of Easter.
The Season of Lent culminates in these “Three Days.” The word “Maundy” comes from the same root word as commandment. Because on this day, Jesus gives us a new commandment— to love one another as Jesus has loved us. Jesus exemplifies this love himself by washing the feet of his disciples. This is also the night of the Last Supper. St John’s observes this occasion with the Meal in the Upper Room, as well as a traditional service with foot washing. Both services include Holy Communion.
Good Friday is the day of the Crucifixion. The Passion according to St. John is read at the midday service. In the evening, we hold a Tenebrae (Latin for “shadows”) Service.
The Service held on Holy Saturday is perhaps the best kept secret in Poughkeepsie: The Great Vigil of Easter. This service is to Easter Morning what Christmas Eve is to Christmas Day. But it’s a long service and so it draws a smaller crowd. And so, is why we join together in worship with First Lutheran and our Episcopalian brothers and sisters. This year the Vigil will be held at Zion Episcopal in Wappingers Falls.
The Vigil has four parts: The Service of Light, the Service of Readings, the Service of Holy Baptism, and the First Service of Easter.
The Readings tell the history of God’s people from the Hebrew Scriptures, beginning with the creation. There are twelve of them, but we usually use only five. These same readings are being used as our theme for St. John’s mid week services at Noon. We meet in the chapel. Some of us bring a bag lunch which we enjoy together afterwards in the Meet and Greet Room. Join us!