From early times, Christians have observed the week before Easter as a time of special prayer and devotion. As the pilgrim, Egeria, recorded in the 4th century, numerous pilgrims to Jerusalem followed the path of Jesus in his last days. They formed processions, worshipped where Christ suffered and died, and venerated sacred sites and relics. From this beginning of our faith came the practices we observe today on Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday. These services, and our prayers through these days, invite us to experience the last days of Jesus’ earthly life, as well as the time and events leading up to his resurrection. The three holy days, or Triduum, of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday, are at the heart of Holy Week prayer and worship.
During Holy Week this year, we will be sending you daily reflections, prayerfully written by our worship team, to support your own journeys and devotions.
We invite you to partake of the worship opportunities at All Saints to deepen and enrich your journey toward the wonderful celebrations of the Resurrection.
Due to the ongoing pandemic, we have limited seating for our in-person Easter Service. RSVP is required by clicking here.
Our Virtual Holy Week and Easter Services
Palm Sunday, March 28, 2021, Zoom 10 am Liturgy of Palms, reading of the Passion and Agape Meal https://zoom.us/j/134596872
Phone:1 929 205 6099
Maundy Thursday, April 1, 2021, Zoom 7 pm
Please bring your love feast food, holy objects and towel to a table near your screen https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82873246393
Phone:1 929 205 6099
Agape Meal followed by Virtual Garden of Gethsemane on Web
Holy Saturday, April 3, 2021
Baptism (Bradley Kirshen) and Holy Eucharist, 11am in person
Easter Sunday April 4, 2021 - TWO Worship Opportunities
8:30 in-person with Holy Eucharist - Register HERE AND
Zoom 10 am
Please bring your Alleluia banners, champagne/sparkling water and bread to the zoom screen. https://zoom.us/j/134596872
Phone:1 929 205 6099
Easter lilies, tulips and jonquils will beautify our Sanctuary on Easter Sunday. Anyone wishing to have flowers in memory or thanksgiving of a loved one, is asked to send their donation to the office by March 26, or put it in the offering plate at in-person worship by Friday, March 26th. You can also donate via Realm, our church software here, or using our website PayPal link here.
The Way of the Cross This video is an excellent offering to prepare for Holy Week, produced by the Center for Lifelong Learning, from Virginia Theological Seminary. The video includes images of the Stations of the Cross, by Margaret Adams Parker, and music composed by Marty Wheeler Burnett.
Essex County Habitat for Humanity In-Person On-Site Volunteer Opportunities Start Soon
Would you like to make use of your God-given gifts outside, as we emerge from this pandemic, while helping others immediately?
There are local opportunities to build in Andover, Wenham, Lawrence, Salisbury and more!! Essex County Habitat is able to improve and completely transform whole neighborhoods and communities. Through this transformation, families achieve the strength, stability, and independence they need to build a better life.
Ways to help:
Join us on a build site! We require a full-day commitment (8:30 am-4:00 pm) and build on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays year-round. Simply select the date(s) below you’d like to join us. Interested in bringing a group – see options here. To see what days we are currently building, in Andover, Salisbury, and Wenham please visit our build day calendar.
Visit this link if you want to volunteer at one of the ReStore’s in Peabody or Lawrence! Simply type in the dates and times you’d like to join us in the textbox under your preferred location.
Let’s see if we can get a team together from All Saints to build (8:30-4:30) or work at the ReStore (two-hour shifts). Contact the office if you are interested so we can register together!
4-Week Grief Support Group
Tuesdays From April 6-April 27, 6:00 pm-7:00 pm on Zoom
What the Group Will Consist of:
Spiritual component of prayer, meditation, and reflection
Community component of listening, discussion, and activities
Individual component of realizing one’s own unique grief journey
Group Facilitator: Sheila Corsaro M. Ed.
Sheila is a student in the Master of Spirituality Program at Merrimack College, with a focus on Grief and Spirituality. She is a volunteer at a hospice agency helping facilitate a bereavement group.
If you would like to join the group or have any questions please contact Sheila Corsaro, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Rally in Andover, MA on 3/20/21
Statement from the Bishops on Atlanta Shootings and Anti-Asian Violence
March 19, 2021
The shootings in Atlanta this week are yet one more manifestation of violent hatred and racism in our nation. While details of the tragedy will yet emerge, any attempt to avoid confronting the racist dimension of these attacks ignores the toxic intersection of racism with misogyny, xenophobia, and the epidemic of gun violence.
Asians and Asian-Americans have faced violence and racism in America since the mid-19th century, from patterns of horrific vigilante attacks, to exclusionary immigration policies, to forced camp internment. A recent wave of anti-Asian violence and hate crimes has been unleashed, targeting women and the elderly, in particular. Inflammatory language normalized by political leaders has scapegoated Asians during the pandemic, with hate speech inevitably leading to violence.
We decry this normalization of hate speech, as we decry all forms of verbal and physical violence manifesting racism. We call upon all members of our diocese to rededicate ourselves to the work of anti-racism and genuine transformation.
Last month both of us participated in a joyous celebration of Chinese New Year, led by members of our longstanding Chinese congregation at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul. Our life together is enriched by the presence of that congregation, as well as the clergy and lay people of Asian descent throughout our diocese. We rejoice that they are a part of us, and we a part of them. On behalf of our diocese, we stand with them and with all people of Asian and Pacific descent in this moment of vulnerability and grief.
The Rt. Rev. Alan M. Gates, Bishop Diocesan
The Rt. Rev. Gayle E. Harris, Bishop Suffragan
Find a statement on the Atlanta shootings from Bishops United Against Gun Violence here. Bishop Gates and Bishop Harris are members of this coalition of Episcopal Church bishops working to curtail the epidemic of gun violence in the United States.
Statement from the bishops regarding the March 16 shootings in Atlanta and anti-Asian violence
Episcopal Church responds to second mass shooting in 7 days with renewed calls for action Read more from the Episcopal News Service.