Lent and Easter at St. Paul’s, Ivy

Lent is a holy season of reflection and preparation for the joy of the resurrection of Jesus at Easter. The season begins with Ash Wednesday, a day of penitence and remembering that we are dust and to dust we will return. Many choose to observe Lent through one, two, or all of the three pillars of Lent: praying, fasting, and alms giving. As we get close to Easter, we enter Holy Week. During this week, we remember the last days and death of Jesus, and offer services throughout the week to mark each important moment of Jesus’ journey to the cross. At St. Paul’s, Ivy, you’ll find plenty of opportunities to keep a holy Lent this year. We hope you’ll join us!


Shrove Sunday Pancake Breakfast
Sunday, February 19 | 9:00–11:00 a.m., Parish Hall

Shrove Tuesday, Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras… all of these names apply to the last day before Lent begins on Ash Wednesday. At St. Paul’s, Ivy, we will celebrate this feast on Sunday, February 19, with a fabulous pancake breakfast served by our Youth and Master Pancake Flipper Matt Franz. Tickets will be available at the door, and proceeds will help fund the Youth Summer Service Trip to St. James School in Philadelphia. Tickets are available at the door: $10 for individuals, $15 for couples, $25 for families, or your donation. 


Lenten Devotional – “Into the Wild” with Henri Matisse

We invite you to keep a holy Lent at home this year with the Into the Wild Lenten devotional. This devotional features scripture readings, reflections, suggested activities and questions to get you thinking for each day of Lent, but it also connects each daily theme with the art of Henri Matisse! This devotional is perfect for adults and families of all ages. Pick your copy up in the back of the church or in the Parish Hall, or use the online version here.

Ash Wednesday | February 22

The first of the forty days of Lent, Ash Wednesday gets its name from the custom of receiving ashes on our foreheads as a sign of penitence and a reminder of mortality. The imposition of the ashes is accompanied by prayer and the words: “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you will return.” Ash Wednesday is a solemn and holy day that sets the tone for the rest of the Lenten season.

Ashes to Go | 8:00–10:00 a.m.
Mudhouse Coffee in Crozet

If your schedule won’t allow you to get to one of our three church services on Ash Wednesday, Fr. Justin and Mtr. Amanda invite you to stop by Mudhouse Coffee in Crozet on the morning of Ash Wednesday for the imposition of ashes as a reminder of our mortality and our need for God’s forgiveness as we enter the season of Lent. The imposition and accompanying prayer only take a few minutes, so you can get right back on the road to work or school. Mudhouse Coffee, 5793 The Square, Crozet, VA 22932. www. mudhouse.com 


The richest way to mark the beginning of Lent is by attending an Ash Wednesday service. This year, we’ll be offering three services throughout the day. These services will include Holy Communion, and feature special readings and prayer to mark the beginning of Lent. Ashes will be offered for imposition at each service.

11:00 a.m. | Westminster Canterbury of Blue Ridge (Rite II)
250 Pantops Mountain Road, Charlottesville, VA 22911
Join Fr. Justin and the residents of Westminster Canterbury in their chapel for our 11:00 a.m. Ash Wednesday service, which will include the imposition of ashes and Holy Communion.

12:00–1:00 p.m. | St. Paul’s, Ivy (Rite II)
Mark the beginning of a holy Lent during your lunch hour at this Ash Wednesday service with the imposition of ashes, Holy Communion, and music from The Ivy Consort.

5:30–6:30 p.m. | St. Paul’s, Ivy, with Children’s Chapel
Our 5:30 p.m. Ash Wednesday service will include the imposition of ashes, Holy Communion, music from The Ivy Consort, and Children’s Chapel, so families can attend the service together. Nursery care will be provided.


Easter Lily Donations | Accepted Through March 31

Remember a loved one or give thanks for a joyful occasion by donating Easter lilies for our beautiful Easter services. Donation forms can be found at the back of the church, in the church office at Kirklea, or in the Parish Hall. You can also submit your form and donation online here. Donations in any amount are welcome, and your remembrance or thanksgiving will be listed in the Easter Sunday bulletins. Checks should be made out to “St. Paul’s, Ivy” with “Lilies” in the memo line. Forms and payment are due by March 31.


Morning Prayer at St. Paul’s, Ivy
Fridays, February 24 through March 31 | 9:30 a.m.

One way of keeping a holy Lent is by adding or introducing a new spiritual practice for the season. During the season of Lent, you’re invited to join Mtr. Amanda in the church every Friday at 9:30 a.m. for a brief service of Morning Prayer. This service lasts 30 minutes or less, but it is a deeply prayerful way to start off your Lenten Fridays with scripture, prayer, and Christian community. Participants will have the option to assist with each service, serving as readers, leading prayers, or officiating the service itself. For more information, or to learn more about officiating Morning Prayer, please contact Mtr. Amanda


Lenten Wednesdays Book Study and Lunch
Parish Hall | Wednesdays, March 1– April 5| 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

The last days before Jesus’ death are some of the most significant Holy Days of the Christian year. Our Lenten Book Study group with Fr. Justin will dig into the risk, danger, anticipation, and sense of loss of the sacred days of Holy Week using the book Entering the Passion of Jesus: A Beginner’s Guide to Holy Week, by author, professor, and biblical scholar Amy-Jill Levine. Books will be ordered by the church and available to participants for a suggested donation of $12. A light Lenten meal of soup and bread will be provided each Wednesday by a different group member or members, who can sign up here.


Holy Week and Easter Services

Palm Sunday, April 2

Palm Sunday Worship
Holy Eucharist Rite I | 8:15 a.m.
Holy Eucharist Rite II with Children’s Chapel | 10:30 a.m.
Contemplative Evening Prayer | 5:30 p.m.

Palm Sunday begins our observance of Holy Week, as we remember the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem with the distribution of blessed palm leaves and a joyful procession into the church. The mood shifts quickly  when we turn to a reading of the Passion, where we remember the final moments of Jesus’ life and his death on the cross. The dramatic shift from joy to sadness on Palm Sunday serves as a frame and foundation for the rest of Holy Week. *Please note: there will be no Children’s Formation, Rector’s Forum, or Youth Gathering on Palm Sunday. The nursery will be available for the morning services only.


The Paschal Triduum – The Three Holy Days

On Maundy Thursday, we enter into the last stretch of Holy Week, which takes us through Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and into our celebrations of Easter that begin at our Easter Vigil on the night before Easter Sunday. Although we worship in different ways on each of these days, these three days are intended to be observed as one liturgical service that begins on Maundy Thursday, reaches its summit with our celebration of the Resurrection of Our Lord at the Easter Vigil, and continues through the Easter Sunday liturgies. If any of these services are new to you, we encourage you to come and participate, and experience for yourself this sacred way of walking with Jesus in his last three days.


Maundy Thursday Worship with Foot-washing and Concurrent Children’s Service
Thursday, April 6 | 5:30 p.m. 

On Maundy Thursday, we enter the Holy Triduum with Jesus and his disciples on the night before his death, through our remembrance of the Last Supper and the ritual of foot-washing (optional, but encouraged). The name ‘Maundy Thursday’ comes from the Latin mandatum, or mandate, and is used for this holy night because this is the night Jesus gave a mandate to his disciples: to love one another as he loved them. Our sisters and brothers in Christ at Mt. Calvary Baptist church will be invited to join us for this special service. Children will begin the service with their adults, and then be led to the Children’s Chapel for a concurrent Children’s Maundy Thursday service including foot washing, simulation of the Last Supper, and stripping of the Children’s altar. Special crafts and a pizza dinner will be provided. Nursery care will be available from 5:15–7:45 p.m, for children ages birth through 3 years old.


Agapé Meal | Parish Hall
Thursday, April 6 | 6:30 p.m.

After we receive Holy Communion in the church, we will move into the Parish Hall for a simple Agapé meal, or “Love feast.” This quiet, contemplative meal is an ancient Christian practice of fellowship and community. During the meal, there will be a reading of the 17th chapter of John’s Gospel before the congregation processes back into the church for the Stripping of the Altar.


Maundy Thursday Stripping of the Altar
Thursday, April 6 | 7:30 p.m.

During this brief but powerful reminder of Jesus’ humiliation before his death, the clergy will remove all decorative and other items from the chancel area and wash the bare altar. At the end, we will all leave the church in silence as we move into Good Friday.


Good Friday Worship
Friday, April 7 | 12:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

In this service, we enter into the mystery of God’s love revealed on the hard wood of the cross, “a perfect sacrifice for the whole world.” Join us as we remember what Jesus suffered for us, and experience the feelings of sorrow and regret that arise for our share in the brokenness of the world. It is a day of intense sorrow, but it is a sorrow that holds tightly to Christian hope. Nursery care will be provided at the 5:30 p.m. service. There will not be Children’s Chapel at either service.


Good Friday Children’s Stations of the Cross
Friday, April 7 | 4:00 p.m., St. Paul’s, Ivy Grounds

On Good Friday, we continue the tradition of recounting each step of Jesus’ final journey to the cross. Children and their adults are invited to join us as we enter into the mystery of God’s love revealed on the hard wood of the cross through our intergenerational of Stations of the Cross. We’ll process through the church grounds as we recount each step of Jesus’ final journey to the cross. If you are interested in learning more, please email Audi Barlow, Director of Children and Youth Formation.


Holy Saturday Worship
Saturday, April 8 | 10:30 a.m., St. Paul’s, Ivy Graveyard

Experience the “in-between time” of Holy Saturday morning, a threshold day of waiting, when all is still and death seems to have had the last word. We will gather in the graveyard to remember loved ones who have died in the Christian hope. This service will be a time for quiet prayer, where, in the midst of the budding flowers of Spring, we will hope to catch a glimpse of resurrection life to come. Nursery care will not be provided for this service.


The Great Vigil of Easter
Saturday, April 8 | 8:00 p.m.

This dramatic service of extraordinary depth and beauty leads us through the profound shift from the darkness of Good Friday and Holy Saturday and into the beauty and light of the resurrection of our Lord on Easter. It begins in the darkened church, and consists of four parts: The Service of Light (kindling of new fire outside the church, lighting the Paschal candle); The Service of Lessons (the telling of the story of our salvation history); Baptisms, Confirmations and Receptions into The Episcopal Church (on occasion); and the very first Eucharist of Easter. After the service, join us for a cake and bubbly reception in the Parish Hall. Please note: this service lasts about 2 hours. Incense will be present, and nursery care will not be provided.


Easter Sunday, April 9

On Easter morning, we will continue our celebration of the Resurrection of Our Lord and the Christian hope it brings to the world with three services and one Easter egg hunt!

Traditional Easter Service (Rite I) | 7:30 a.m.
This Rite I service with traditional language will feature Easter hymnody from our organ.

Family Service with Choir and Brass (Rite II) | 9:00 a.m.
This joyful and boisterous service will feature music from our choir, organ, and a brass ensemble, as well as an Easter children’s homily. An Easter egg hunt on the lawn will follow. Nursery care will be provided.

Easter Sunday Children’s Easter Egg Hunt | 10:00 a.m., St. Paul’s, Ivy Lawn
Bring your baskets to the 9:00 a.m. service and stay for our beloved Easter Egg Hunt on the lawn!

Traditional Easter Service with Choir and Brass (Rite II) | 11:00 a.m.
Our final service on Easter morning will again feature special music from the choir, organ, and a brass ensemble. Nursery care will be provided. No children’s chapel at this service, and no Youth Gathering this evening.


Church Office Closed | Monday through Friday, April 10–14

Please note that the church office will be closed the week following Easter Sunday. In case of a pastoral emergency, please call the church office at 434-979-6354‬ and you will be directed to the clergy on call. We look forward to seeing you in church again on Sunday, April 16.