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This Week at Holy Trinity

This Week at Holy Trinity


Sunday of the Passion (Palm Sunday) – March 29, 2015
Mass at 11:00 AM. Readings: Procession with Palms: Mark 11:1-11; Isaiah 50:4-9a; Psalm 31:9-16; Philippians 2:5-11; Mark 14:1-15:47. Pastor George Detweiler will preside and preach.

The Sunday of the Passion is the only one of the church year where the first two lessons and psalm are the same every year: only the gospels – both processional and passion – change from year to year. (The word “passion” here refers to the intensity of the events.) (more…)

Worship Schedule for Holy Week

Worship Schedule for Holy Week

The Lenten journey that we undertake at Ash Wednesday comes to its culmination in Holy Week, when we remember and experience the Passion narrative through our liturgy and worship. Our Holy Week worship schedule is given below. We encourage you to join us for worship in this time of reflection, contemplation, expectation, and hope.

Sunday, March 29 | Palm Sunday

11:00 AM – Mass with Procession of the Assembled

5:00 PM – Bach Vespers: Sunday of the Passion

Dietrich Buxtehude Membra Jesu Nostri, BuxWV 75

Tuesday, March 31

1:30 PM – Metro New York Synod Chrism Mass

Thursday, April 2 | Maundy Thursday

7:00 PM – Maundy Thursday Mass with washing of feet & stripping of the altar

Friday, April 3 | Good Friday

12:00 PM – Veneration of the Cross with sung St. John Passion

7:00 PM – Tenebrae/Service of Darkness

Saturday, April 4 | Holy Saturday

7:00 PM – The Vigil of Easter

9:00 PM – The First Mass of Easter

Music notes for March 22, 2015

Music notes for March 22, 2015

Music for Sunday
Prelude: Kyrie, Gott Vater, J.S. Bach
Offertory: Miserere mei, Deus, William Byrd
Communion: Lord, For Thy Tender Mercy’s Sake, Richard Farrant
Postlude: Fugue in G minor, J. S. Bach

#506 The Word of God is Source and Seed
#330 Seed That in Earth is Dying
#759 My Faith Looks Up to Thee

Bach Vespers: The Lamentation of Jeremiah, Thomas Tallis

Tudor England features prominently in this week’s proceedings for the Fifth Sunday of Lent, which will see performances of works by William Byrd (c. 1540-1623), Richard Farrant (c. 1525-1580), and Thomas Tallis (c. 1505-1585).  (more…)

This Week at Holy Trinity

This Week at Holy Trinity


The Fifth Sunday in Lent – March 22, 2015
Mass at 11:00 AM. Readings: Jeremiah 31:31-34; Hebrews 5:5-10; John 12:20-33. The Rev. Dr. David G. Burke will preside and preach.

Pastor Detweiler is on vacation until March 25, when he will return to the office.

Following Irenaeus, the second century leader of the church, who said that there were four covenants: with Noah, Abraham, Moses and then through Christ with the church, we have been reading about them in order this year of Mark.

The fourth covenant on Ireneaus’ list is taken up by the writer of Hebrews in the second lesson. This one is sealed by Jesus’ death on the cross. Again it is God who is the prime actor, raising Jesus from death to show God’s steadfastness in reaching out to us. Jesus thereby becomes the true High Priest of God. (more…)

Music Notes for March 15, 2015

Music Notes for March 15, 2015

Music for Sunday
Prelude: Adagio from Trio Sonata 1, BWV 525, Johann Sebastian Bach
Offertory: Sicut Moses, Heinrich Schütz
Communion: God So Loved the World, John Stainer
Postlude: Variations on Wondrous Love, Daniel Pinkham

#323 God Loved the World
#666 What Wondrous Love Is This
#604 O Christ, Our Hope

Heinrich Schütz (1585-1672) is generally considered to be the first great German composer. His work would become a direct influence on that of Johann Sebastian Bach, as well as later German composers such as Brahms and Webern. (more…)