Fri, Jan. 24

Easter Masses just beginning of festivities at St. Luke’s parish

The Palm Sunday altar at St. Luke’s Church.

The Palm Sunday altar at St. Luke’s Church.

Easter Sunday’s Masses at St. Luke’s, Sedona, begin the forty day festive season of Easter with the full liturgy of the historic Anglican faith, powerful “resurrection” Hymns, and the centuries old ceremonial - all combining to aid in the worshipper’s experience of being in the presence of the Risen Christ.

The Easter hymns will include “Jesus Christ is Risen Today,”  “The Strife is O’er,” “At the Lamb’s High Feast We Sing,” “Come, Ye Faithful, Raise the Strain” and J.S. Bach’s “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Redeeming.”

A Coffee and fellowship hour follows both services on Easter, and will take place on the terrace of the church.  

Also available on Easter Sunday are tickets to the parish’s Mini Jazz Festival, which will take place on Saturday in Easter Week.  

Pianist Jim Martinez, vocalist Laura Didier and bassist Dwight Kilian combine to present two concerts on Saturday - a 1 p.m. “Jazz Tribute to the Music of Doris Day,” and a 3:30 p.m. concert entitled “The Great Jazz Pianists,” which will cover the music of such jazz greats as Bill Evans, Nat King Cole and Oscar Peterson.  

Some musicians will be sitting during the second concert, and the day’s events are part of the continuing “Sedona Jazz at the Church” concert series, which has been at St. Luke’s since February 2009.

Each Sunday Holy Communion, a quiet liturgy with a homily but without music, takes place at 8 a.m., and is posted on the parish’s Internet site in its entirety each week.

The principal service of the day is the 10 a.m. Solemn High Mass, and 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 a member of the Anglican Diocese of Arizona. Its bishop and rector is the Rt. Rev. David Gregory McMannes, who founded in parish in 1988.

The church is open weekdays for private prayer and meditation, and is located on Highway 179 in the Chapel area of Sedona, between Back ‘O Beyond and Chapel Roads.

For more information, telephone St. Luke’s at (928) 282-7366. Information can also be obtained at the church’s Internet domain at

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