Holy Week Services in Bedford

Fawn Lake at Dawn on Easter 2019. Image Jeff Hoyland

Ramadan Mubarak to our neighbors celebrating Ramadan, and Chag Pesach Sameach to our neighbors celebrating Passover starting tomorrow.

For those celebrating Easter, here is a collection of activities at Bedford churches.

Read information on the 2023 Easter Dawn Service at Fawn Lake here: https://thebedfordcitizen.org/2023/03/the-72nd-annual-easter-dawn-service-at-fawn-lake/

First Baptist Church of Bedford

155 Concord Rd., Bedford

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Holy Week schedule:

  • Thursday, April 6: Maundy Thursday at 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 9: Easter Sunday at 10 a.m.

(The) First Church of Christ, Congregational UCC

25 Great Rd., Bedford

Thursday, April 6: Maundy Thursday

  • Children’s Service at 6 p.m. (Interactive service designed for young children.) 
  • Adult Service at 7 p.m. 

At the Service of Communion and Tenebrae, they will remember Christ’s last supper and the crucifixion of Jesus.

Friday, April 7: Good Friday, anytime from 3 to 6 p.m.

They will offer a 15-minute “rolling” slide show in the Sanctuary recounting the passion and suffering of Christ, with connections to a contemporary experience. 

Sunday, April 9: Easter Sunday

  • Begin the Easter celebration with an ecumenical Easter Service at 6:30 a.m. at Fawn Lake.
  • Join their 10 a.m. service at the church as they joyfully celebrate the resurrection of Jesus!

First Parish in Bedford Unitarian Universalist 

75 The Great Rd., Bedford 

Friday, April 7 at 7 p.m. “Tenebrae by Candlelight/Good Friday” (Led by Rev. Annie, Rev. Megan, Brad Conner and Choir) 

Coordinated by Ministers, Music Director and Choir, this service is a night of stark beauty in the darkness. Join them for a night of readings, music, quiet, and contemplation. Tenebrae is Latin for shadows and tells the story of the increasing isolation of Jesus in his last days, and makes room for the experience of all those who suffer. Tenebrae is a service of mourning, of remembering the loss, grief, and suffering of this old world. Though in their worship they often counter the litany of suffering with stories of love and joy, Tenebrae is a time to be with your broken heart, be in community, be a part of all that is. Held on Good Friday, this service will touch upon Tenebrae and Good Friday themes. The choir is preparing gorgeous music. Their sanctuary is beautiful by candlelight. Childcare is available upon request. Please bring a stone with you for a ritual of laying down our sorrows (they will also provide stones). 

Sunday, April 9 at 9 a.m. Easter Service “For the Beauty of the Earth”  (Rev. Annie preaching) 

Morning is broken. The birds are singing. Spring green is peeking out of the cold ground. It’s Easter morning! It’s also Passover! The historic communion silver will make an appearance. Reverend Annie will be preaching about the unique joy that comes with this special day. Favorite hymns will be included and the adult choir will be singing music that will reflect the story and mood of the service. Do remember to wear your Easter bonnets!

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Lutheran Church of the Savior

426 Davis Rd., Bedford

Holy Week Services:

All are welcome as they follow Jesus from the Triumphal Entry on Palm Sunday, through the mystery of Holy Thursday, into the darkness of Good Friday, and, finally, into the new light of life on Easter.

  • Holy Thursday: April 6 at 7 p.m.
  • Good Friday: April 7 at 7 p.m.

Easter Services: April 9:

  • Easter Sunrise Service at 6 a.m.
  • Easter Traditional Service at 8 a.m.
  • Easter Blended Service at 10:45 a.m.

St. Michael Parish 

90 Concord Rd., Bedford, MA

  • Holy Thursday, April 6 at 7 p.m.
  • Good Friday, April 7 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Easter Sunday, April 8 at 7 p.m., April 9 at 7:30 a.m. and 10 a.m.

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

100 Pine Hill Rd., Bedford

Tuesday, April 4

  • Contemplative Holy Eucharist with Incense at 7:30 p.m.

Please join them for a simple, quiet service in the Chapel. Brief prayers and readings, enclosed by generous times of silence and accompanied by the burning of incense lead to a simple celebration of Holy Communion. The service lasts about 30 minutes.

Wednesday, April 5

  • Morning Prayer at 8:30 a.m. – Zoom link
    – Stations of the Cross available from 10 a.m. through 7 p.m.
  • Compline at 8:30 p.m. (see link above)

Maundy Thursday, April 6

  • Holy Eucharist with Foot-washing & Stripping of the Altar at 7:30 p.m.

This is one of the most intimate and beautiful services of the Christian year. Come to remember Jesus’ last supper with his closest friends, to share in the ritual foot-washing, to process the consecrated elements to the Garden of Repose, and to watch the gentle and sacred stripping of the altar. All ages are warmly welcome to attend! This service lasts about an hour.

  •  Overnight Watch in the Garden of Repose

Come spend an hour overnight resting in the Garden of Repose along with the consecrated bread and wine. Breathe. Pray. Listen. Wait. Watch. Christians have been keeping this watch for centuries, and they look forward to participating in this ancient tradition again this year.
Please help them keep the vigil as a community all night long.

Good Friday, April 7

  • Children’s Interactive Holy Week Service at 4:30 p.m.

Introducing children to Holy Week in age-appropriate and life-giving ways is one of the special ways they serve the youngest members of their parish. Join Rev. Chris for an interactive service exploring five moments of Holy Week. They will overturn the money tables, wash feet, share bread and wine, rest with Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane, and remember that God never gives up on us, no matter what!  Especially appropriate for pre-K and elementary school (and a parent/caregiver), but all are welcome! This service lasts about 30 to 40 minutes.

  • “Pizza and Passion” at 6 p.m. for the Middle School Youth Group

Join Rev. Chris for some meat-less pizza in the Parish Hall on Good Friday. They’ll read through the story of Jesus’ last days together, each taking different parts. They’ll stop frequently to discuss what exactly is happening and why, and to talk through questions!  Please RSVP to Suzanne Johnson if you’re coming!

  • The Proper Liturgy for Good Friday at 7:30 p.m.

A simple, stark service featuring the Passion according to St. John, Sermon, Choir anthem, the Solemn Collects and prayers before the Cross. 
Communion from the Reserved Sacrament will be offered. This service lasts about an hour.

Holy Saturday, April 8

  • The Great Vigil of Easter at 7:30 p.m. with Baptism, Eucharist, and Choir.

The Great Vigil of Easter is the highlight of the church year. They begin by lighting the new fire in the courtyard garden, and process into the darkened church to song of the Easter Chant. As they share faith stories of liberation and freedom from the Bible and the witness of the church in history, they welcome the season Easter, baptize new members, and share the first Eucharist of Easter. This service lasts about 75 minutes.

Easter Sunday, April 9

  • Fawn Lake Lay-Led Easter Dawn service, 6:30 a.m. at Fawn Lake
  • Festival Holy Eucharist at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.

With festive music, Easter Sermon, and traditional Easter hymns. The a.m. service will be live-streamed, and available for later viewing. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81186564484?pwd=c2I2N05jbGFGMFpXQTl5TTdjU0FMUT09#success
This year, there are two Easter services to ensure there is ample space for everyone who wishes to worship on Easter Sunday. The services will follow the same order of worship, so come to whichever time better fits your schedule. (Note – Youth Choir will join the Adult Choir at 9 a.m.).

  • Coffee Hour and Children’s Easter Egg Hunt between the services

Starting around 10:20 a.m.
All children of the parish (up to Grade 5) are invited to come with their families to St. Paul’s and participate in their Egg Hunt between the two Easter services, generously organized by their Middle School Youth Group

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