Maundy Thursday, March 24


Last Supper, Potluck, Garden of Repose and Vigil

On Maundy Thursday, March 24, we commemorate the Last Supper Jesus shared with his apostles in Jerusalem before his crucifixion on Good Friday. At 6 p.m., all are welcome to Cathedral Hall for a ritualized potluck meal. We will break bread together and share Eucharist as a community. 

For the potluck, we ask that you bring the following: those with last names beginning A-J, bring a dessert, K-P, bring a main dish, Q-Z, bring a side dish.. Please RSVP for the potluck by registering online. Readers are also needed for the liturgy. Volunteers are needed to help set up before the meal and clean up afterward. There will be a sign-up sheet in the piazza on Palm Sunday or contact Ginger Bitikofer.
This year, in addition to the Maundy Thursday Liturgy and Agapé Meal, we will offer a brief meditative service in the Garden of Repose that will be created in the Gallery.

After Jesus shared the Passover Meal with his disciples, they went to the Garden of Gethsemane to pray. Jesus invited his disciples to watch and pray with him in the Garden. You are invited to remember (and enact) this story by processing to the Gallery immediately following the Agapé Meal.

In the Garden of Repose, we will have 11 icon stations set up with chairs around each icon. The design of the service is best described as structured fluidity — with the service oscillating between spoken word, silence, sung word and silence. The music (simple Taizé chants), psalms and silence will provide the structure for our “watching and waiting” before the Divine. During the chanting, you are invited to move about the Garden and engage a different icon. At the conclusion of the fourth reading and reflection, you may depart quietly or remain in the Garden for prayer and reflection.

The Garden of Repose will be available for prayer and reflection during Holy Week: Tuesday, and Wednesday 8am- 9 pm, until 10 p.m. on Maundy Thursday and from 8 a.m. to noon on Good Friday.