Holy Week at St. John

For a schedule of Holy Week services and their descriptions, please check the ” Services of Holy  Week” page under the SCHEDULE tab.  Below you will find a list of “little t” traditions that we enjoy in our parish.


CANDLES (Palm Sunday & Pascha)

During the services of the Triumphal Entry (Palm Sunday) and Pascha, we have outdoor processions (weather permitting).  Traditionally at St. John, we bring our baptismal/chrismation candle if you have one.  For those who do not have one, you are welcome to bring your own white candle decorated with ribbon, flowers, greenery…whatever you feel is festive.  Bringing candles is completely voluntary.

 HOLY FRIDAY CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES (following Royal Hours at 9:00 a.m.)

             Following Royal Hours on Holy Friday, the children of the parish gather to assist in the preparation for the upcoming service which include decorating the bier.

DECORATED BASKETS for Paschal Feast (Early hours of April 20)

It has been our tradition at St. John to bring foods that we have been fasting from in a basket decorated with flowers.  When you come to the services on Saturday night you will put your basket on the solea.  After the liturgy, you pick up your basket and take it to the fellowship hall and place it on one of the food tables.  The decorated baskets are beautiful on the solea during liturgy and the fellowship Hall where we celebrate the feast.

Additionally, you may bring a decorated basket to take home after the feast is over to share with your family. 

 AGAPE PICNIC (following Agape Vespers at 3:30 p.m., April 20) 

The parish gathers for our annual BBQ picnic following Agape Vespers on Sunday afternoon.  The picnic is catered by Corky’s BBQ which is supplemented by desserts provided by the parishioners.  This is a Bring Your Own Beverage & Lawn Chair event and a wonderful way to spend Pascha in fellowship, fun, and food.  The musicians amongst us normally join together for an impromptu concert, so bring your guitar, ukulele, mandolin, etc. if you’d like to join in.

EGG HUNT (also following Agape Vespers, April 20)

Our annual egg hunt is for children in the 4th Grade and under.  They should bring a dozen plastic candy-filled eggs per child and a basket(s) for hunting the eggs!  Please put eggs in the room next to the kitchen before Vespers.  NO HARD-BOILED EGGS, PLEASE, for they will not be hidden.

 Please feel welcome to participate as much or as little as you would like.