Traditional Easter service at St. Luke’s Episcopal
Easter at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Sedona promises to be both traditional and a joyous occasion.
The day’s sermon, which is entitled “Those Things Which Are Above,” will examine the propers of the day, which include readings from the third chapter of Colossians and the 20th chapter of the gospel according to John.
Preached by the bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Arizona, the Rt. Rev. David Gregory McMannes, the sermon promises to be a fitting beginning to the season of Easter, which is called by
many “the 40 greatest days” in the Christian calendar.
The season is so called because it was the 40 days after Jesus’ resurrection until His ascension that He opened the eyes of his disciples to all truth and the true meaning of Jesus and His ministry.
Easter Sunday’s Mass hymns will include the hymns At the Lamb’s High Feast We Sing, Come, Ye Faithful, Raise the Strain, The Day of Resurrection, J.S. Bach’s Jesu, Joy of Man’s Redeeming and Onward, Christian Soldiers.
A coffee and fellowship hour follows the 10 a.m. Mass, and takes place on the terrace of the church.
Each Sunday Holy Communion, a quiet liturgy without music, takes place at 8 a.m., and is followed by the principal service of the day - the 10 a.m. Solemn High Mass, which includes hymns, a sermon, singing of the liturgy and the full ceremonial of the historic Church.
St. Luke’s is an Anglo-Catholic parish and uses the 1928 Book of Common prayer.
It is a part of the Continuing Church movement in the United States, and a member of the Anglican Diocese of Arizona.
The church is open weekdays for private prayer and meditation, and is located on Highway 179 in the Chapel area of Sedona, between the Back ‘O Beyond and Chapel Roads roundabout.
For more information, telephone Saint Luke’s at (928) 282-7366. Information can also be obtained at the church’s Internet domain at www.episcopalnet.org. Visitors are not only welcome but expected.