Special Services

Healing Service

A public Healing Service will be held each Wednesday at 12:00 Noon in the sanctuary of Holy Trinity beginning on October 24.  The service includes the Litany of Healing and the celebration of Holy Communion. Anointing and the Laying on of Hands will be offered in the context of the service.

Anointing

Anointing provides a vivid, sacramental expression of God’s love in time of sickness and misfortune. It is helpful at the onset of an illness [and throughout], as well as in a time of crisis. While anointing is usually administered for physical illness, we also anoint for the healing of mind, body and soul. The New Testament makes it clear that anointing, accompanied by prayer, was used for healing.

“Are any of you in trouble? Are any of you sick? Then call for the elders of the church and have them pray over those who are sick and anoint them with oil in the name of Christ. And this prayer offered in faith will make them well, and Christ will raise them up.” James 5: 13-152.

Holy Communion

The sacrament of the Lord’s Supper is celebrated as a continual remembrance that Christ sacrificed his life for us so that we may receive everlasting life. The Bread and Wine are the outward sign of the Lord’s Supper, which are received according to our Savior Jesus Christ’s holy institution in remembrance of his death and passion. The Body and Blood of Christ are spiritually taken and received as the inward sign of the Lord’s Supper benefiting the communicants with forgiveness, strengthening our union not only with Christ but also with one another and depicting the sacraments as a foretaste of God’s heavenly banquet. All baptized persons are welcome to receive the consecrated bread and wine.

Laying on of Hands 

From ancient times the laying on of hands has been a symbol for the conveying of God’s power. Among the gifts received from God by this means is that of healing. In Scripture we see this practice commonly used and the healing which ensued.

“He called the Twelve together and gave them power and authority to cure diseases and sent them out to heal.” Luke: 9:1-33.

Prayer for Healing 

“O God, the strength of the weak and the comfort of sufferers: Mercifully accept our prayers, and grant to us the help of your power, that our sickness may be turned into health, our fear into courage, and our sorrow into joy; through Jesus Christ our Savior.” Amen.

 

 

 

Blessing of the Animals

The Church of the Holy Trinity welcomes all creatures great and small to receive a blessing on Sunday, September 9, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. in the church yard on Clinton Street. Our priest will conduct a brief service and bless each animal individually. St. Francis medals will be distributed to owners and there will be refreshments for both humans and animals.

After the service, pets can line up for the Pet Parade. Parking is available in the Clinton Street lot opposite the Parish Hall. Call 863-0505 if you have any questions.

The Blessing of the Animals service is usually attributed to St. Francis of Assisi, whose feast day is Oct. 4. St. Francis called all created things his brothers and sisters. There is also evidence that an early church father, St. Anthony of the Desert, began blessing animals in the 3rd or 4th century and some Roman Catholic churches held similar services on his feast day. Whenever it started, the ceremony is held in grateful recognition of the services given to the human race by animals and the special place they hold in our hearts.

 

Shrove Tuesday – Pancake Day

Shrove Tuesday (also known as Shrovetide Tuesday, Pancake Tuesday and Pancake Day) is the day proceeding Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. Shrove Tuesday is determined by Easter; its date changes annually.

The expression “Shrove Tuesday” comes from the word shrive, meaning “confess.” Related popular practices are associated with celebrations before the fasting and religious obligations associated with the penitential season of Lent. The term Mardi Gras is french for Fat Tuesday, referring to the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season, which begins on Ash Wednesday.

Holy Trinity invites everyone to joins us as we begin Lent. Our annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper will be held from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 13 in the Parish Hall. Come and enjoy pancakes, sausage and fellowship.

 

Ash Wednesday Liturgy

Our Ash Wednesday Proper Liturgy will be Wednesday, February 14, Holy Communion with Imposition of Ashes at noon and at 6:00 p.m.

For Christians, Ash Wednesday begins the season of Lent on the church calendar, a 40-day period of reflection, fasting, and repentance. It prepares the Christian faithful for the Easter Sunday celebration of Christ’s resurrection and underscores the belief that they will also rise one day because He is their Savior and they have been redeemed.

Christians follow the example of those in the Old Testament, who did penance for their sins by wearing sackcloth and ashes. On Ash Wednesday, their foreheads are marked with ashes in the form of a cross as a reminder that our life her on earth is transitory, and to help them develop a true spirit of sacrifice and humility in their daily lives. In the Episcopal church, as the ashes are imposed, the priest says either, “Turn away from sin and be faithful to the gospel”, or “Remember man that your are dust, and unto dust you will return”. This reminds the congregation of their humanity and mortality as Lent begins, and the ashes are an ancient symbol of humility, sorrow and repentance in man’s relationship with God.

Holy Week Services

Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday and leads us to the Sunday of the Resurrection or Easter. It is the final week in the life of Jesus before the crucifixion beginning with Palm Sunday leading us to the resurrection on Easter.

The rites or services for Holy Week are ancient and by nature different from the liturgical celebrations of the rest of the Church Year. They are meant to be different in order to focus the attention of the people on the mysteries being celebrated in this sacred and most holy time.

There may be as many as five services during Holy Week- The Liturgy of the Palms on Palm Sunday or the Sunday of the Passion, Tenebrae on Wednesday, Maunday Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday. Often just two are usually observed- Maundy Thursday and Good Friday.

Maundy Thursday

In this service the church remembers Christ’s institution of the Eucharist or the Lord’s Supper. In remembrance of our Lord’s washing of the feet of his disciples, the washing of feet may be a part of this service. The name Maundy is a shortened form either of the word commandment or the Latin word mandatum novum meaning “new commandment”; associated with The gospel reading for this service where Jesus says to his disciples: “I give you a new commandment: love one another as I have loved you.” As this celebration of the Eucharist is the last until Easter, extra bread and wine is consecrated to be reserved for the Good Friday service. At the end of this service the altar is stripped, crosses are removed, all to create a sense of starkness. The congregation may remain in silent prayer for a moment and then leave church quietly, prayerfully.

Good Friday

In this service we recall the crucifixion of Jesus. There is a reading of the lengthy Passion narrative from John’s Gospel, intercessory prayers called the Solemn Collects and Anthems recalling the significance of the cross. No Eucharist is celebrated on this day. The altar is bare, without linens or frontals. There are no candles, all crosses are removed. A single candle will burn to signify the sacramental presence. Communion may be part of the Good Friday liturgy, but it is administered from the reserved sacrament. Again, at the end of the service, the people leave church prayerfully and quietly.