Lent and Holy Week

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Lent ImageWorship in Lent and Holy Week 2018

Sundays in Lent: Holy Communion worship services at 10:30 AM and 2:00 PM (Spanish) reflect the quieter, more solemn season, while still celebrating Christ’s presence among us. Each week we see echoes of our own baptismal renewal as Jesus contends with forces of sin, evil, and death in his journey to the cross and resurrection.

Palm/Passion Sunday (March 25) at 9:45 AM, together with St. Augustine’s Roman Catholic Church, we bless palms at Meridian Hill Park, then process back to Augustana. At 10:30 AM we bless more palms, form a joyful procession into the sanctuary, and then, marking the sharp turn towards the cross, journey with Jesus through his solemn passion and death. The service includes a dramatic reading of the passion narrative.

The Triduum (Three Days) – the heart of the Christian story, of our faith, of our life, meant to flow as one worship service in three parts:

Maundy Thursday (March 29): worship at 5:30 (Spanish), and 7:30 PM, with individual anointing for forgiveness, footwashing, and remembrance of the Last Supper. The heart of the Maundy Thursday liturgy is Jesus’ commandment to love one another. At the end of the 7:30 PM service, the altar is stripped as we prepare for the solemnity of Good Friday.

Good Friday (March 30): worship at Noon, 5:30 (Spanish), and 7:30 PM. You are invited to pause in adoration of the Cross – Christ’s self-sacrificial gift that enables us to live.

The Easter Vigil (March 31): 8:00 PM – the most beautiful service of the Church Year, the culmination of our three day journey with Jesus. Join us for this bilingual (English/Spanish) service as the light of Christ returns to the sanctuary, we hear the stories of our ancestors in the faith, affirm our baptism into Christ through which we are transformed with new life, and celebrate the first Eucharist of Easter, at last declaring: Alleluia! Christ is Risen!

The Resurrection of Our Lord (Easter Sunday, April 1): festival worship at 10:30 AM with glorious special music as we celebrate the Resurrection in the grandest services of the year. Join us as we give thanks for the new life we have in Christ’s rising. Alleluia!

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Augustana Lutheran Church is a spiritual community that celebrates the gifts of God that empower us to engage in the struggles of life, to care for each other, and to serve Christ where we work and live. We welcome the participation of people of all ages, ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientations, gender identities, educational backgrounds, and economic conditions––all who want to join in community to honor God and be of service to people.

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Augustana Lutheran Church
2100 New Hampshire Ave NW
Washington, DC 20009
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