Holy Week

Holy Week is a time of special devotion and refers to the week before Easter, including the rites observed on Palm Sunday, Holy Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday Baptism. The liturgical color for Palm Sunday and Maundy Thursday is oxblood, which represents Jesus' blood shed for us. The liturgical color for Good Friday is black, which represents Jesus' death on the Cross. The liturgical color for Holy Saturday is white, which is often complemented with gold. The color white represents joy and light.

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Palm Sunday

Sunday, April 2

8 a.m. and 6 p.m. in The Church – Holy Eucharist

9 and 11:15 a.m., in The Church – Holy Eucharist and dramatic re-enactment

Family Table

9:15 a.m. in The Parish Life Center – Holy Eucharist and Dramatic Reading

Riverway Contemporary Worship Service

11:15 a.m. in The Parish Life Center – Holy Eucharist

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Maundy Thursday

Thursday, April 6

Traditional Worship

7 p.m. in The Church – Join us for Maundy Thursday Liturgy with the Rt. Rev. Tony Burton, Stripping of the Altar and Holy Eucharist with the Parish Choir.

The Maundy Thursday Worship service concludes outdoors near the Wayside Chapel and Great Cross.

Holy Week at St. Martin’s

Holy Wednesday

Wednesday, April 5

7 a.m., noon and 6 p.m. in The Church – Holy Eucharist

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Good Friday

Friday, April 7

Traditional Worship

Noon and 6 p.m. in The Church – Liturgy for Good Friday with sermon by Bishop Tony Burton.

Hear St. Martin’s Parish Choir perform the “The Seven Last Words of Christ” by Théodore Dubois.

Contemporary Worship

7 p.m. in the Parish Life Center – Join the Riverway community for a relaxed service, featuring the liturgy for Good Friday, sermon and special music.

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Student Ministries Holy Week Activities

Ash Wednesday
Wednesday, Feb. 22
5:30-8 p.m.
Student Life Center

Students in grades 6-12 are invited to a simple supper, followed by worship at the Riverway As Wednesday service in the Parish Life Center.

Maundy Thursday
Thursday, April 6
5:30-7 p.m.
Student Life Center

Students in grades 6-12 will experience an instructed Messianic Passover Seder meal.

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Holy Saturday Baptism, April 8

10 a.m. in Christ Chapel - Holy Saturday is considered a particularly appropriate time in the Episcopal Church to undergo the sacramental rite of full initiation, by water and the Holy Spirit, into membership in the Church.

If you would like more information about Holy Baptism, please click below.

About Baptism
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The Rt. Rev. Tony Burton

Bishop Tony Burton is the retired Bishop of Saskatchewan. He was born and raised in Ottawa, Canada, and was educated at the University of Toronto, Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and the University of Oxford. He was ordained in the Diocese of Nova Scotia, where he served in two parishes on Cape Breton Island.

In 1991, he moved to Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, where he served as Dean of St. Alban’s Cathedral. At the time of his election as Bishop of Saskatchewan in 1993, Bishop Burton was the youngest bishop in the worldwide Anglican Communion, and the youngest Canadian bishop in the 20th century. From 2008 to 2022 he served as Rector of the Church of the  Incarnation, Dallas which grew, under his leadership,
from the 13th to the second best attended Episcopal church in the Americas. He has been married to Anna Burton since 1989. They have two adult children.