Celebrate Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday at Historic Trinity

Apr 11, 2001, 01:00 ET from Historic Trinity Lutheran Church

    DETROIT, April 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Come celebrate the holiest time of year
 for Christians around the world at Historic Trinity.  Pastor Rev. Dr. David
 Eberhard invites people of all faiths to view the 1866 cathedral church
 beautifully decorated with Easter lily plants and to enjoy the triumphant
 sounds of the Historic Trinity Choir and the Baseline Brass with Karl
 Osterland at the organ.
 
     MAUNDY THURSDAY (Holy Thursday) Services
     Thursday, April 12, 2001
     This special day is observed before Good Friday, three days before Easter.
 It commemorates two events of Christ's last week on earth: washing the feet of
 his disciples, and sharing the Last Supper with them.  The name Maundy is
 derived from the Latin mandatum, or commandment.  It refers to Christ's words
 to the disciples (John 13:34): "A new commandment I give unto you: that ye
 love one another."
 
     noon  Holy Communion
           The Rev. James Gruetzner, Preaching
 
     7 p.m.  Holy Communion
             The Rev. Ronald Schmidt
              with the Children of Historic Trinity singing
 
     The feet washing rite still survives in some churches, including Historic
 Trinity (since 1850).  Traditionally, the priest girds himself with a sacred
 linen towel, holds a vessel of water, and washes the feet of the faithful,
 cleaning them for Easter.  In Austria, Portugal, Russia, and Spain, the
 emperor or king used to wash the feet of 12 poor servants on Maundy Thursday.
 In England, servants known as yeomen of the laundry washed the feet of the
 poor while the King or Queen watched.  James II was the last to perform the
 rite in full in the 1680s.  The ceremony is intended as a visible token of
 Christian brotherly love.
     "Tradition is an important part of everything we do," said Rev. Dr. David
 Eberhard, pastor of Historic Trinity.  "On Maundy Thursday, we use a special
 Communion Altar Parament handmade by parish members of the former Holy Trinity
 Polish Lutheran Church.  The church was located where the present General
 Motors Detroit/Hamtramck auto factory stands today.  It was a gift that has
 great meaning to our entire congregation," he added.
 
     GOOD FRIDAY SERVICES
     Friday, April 13, 2001
     Good Friday is observed on the Friday before Easter, mourned as the
 anniversary of Christ's death on the cross.  It was set apart as a holy day as
 long ago as the 300s, in the time of Constantine.  All Good Friday Midday
 services are assisted by the Pastors of the Historic Trinity Cathedral
 Ministry and the Lutheran Choralaires.
 
                       Three Consecutive Worship Services
 
          noon - The Rev. Dr. David Eberhard
     12:45 p.m. - The Rev. Ronald Guettler
      1:30 p.m. - Rev. Dr. John Heins
 
     2:15 p.m. - The Symbolic Sealing of the Tomb of Christ
        7 p.m. - Tenebrae Service (Service of Shadows)
 
     The altar, pulpit and bookmark black paraments used for the Good Friday
 services were made in the 1860s, and used in Historic Trinity's second church,
 built in 1866.  Rev. Dr. David Eberhard, pastor of the church will be wearing
 a pallium-type of Pastoral Stole.
     Following the 1:30 p.m. Worship service, the congregation will exit the
 church and assemble on Gratiot Avenue in front of the doors of the church.  A
 symbolic seal will be placed on the front door of the church to symbolize the
 sealing of the tomb of Jesus Christ.  Pastor Eberhard will invite everyone
 back for the early Easter Sunday worship service, when the church doors will
 symbolically be unsealed and the Festival of the Resurrection will begin.
     The Tenebrae Service (Service of Shadows) at 7 p.m. is an inspirational
 candlelight worship.  Candles are extinguished as Jesus' seven words on the
 cross are read.  The strepitus is sounded and bells are tolled to mourn his
 death.  The final candle is removed briefly from the chancel, but never
 extinguished even as our hope never dies.  Musical presentations will be
 performed by the Historic Trinity Adult Choir and soloist Judy Zorn.
 
                             EASTER SUNDAY SERVICES
                             Sunday, April 15, 2001
 
          6:55 a.m.  The Symbolic Unsealing of the Tomb of Christ
             7 a.m.  Easter Sunrise Communion Service
             8 a.m.  Easter Breakfast (free will offering)
                      served until 10:30 a.m.
          9:30 a.m.  Easter Family Communion Service
         10:30 a.m.  Family Easter Egg Hunt
            11 a.m.  Easter Festival Communion Service
         12:15 p.m.  Family Easter Egg Hunt
 
     Historic Trinity Lutheran Church is located at 1345 Gratiot Avenue between
 I-375 and Russell near Detroit's Eastern Market.  Secure, off-street parking
 is available.
 
 

SOURCE Historic Trinity Lutheran Church
    DETROIT, April 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Come celebrate the holiest time of year
 for Christians around the world at Historic Trinity.  Pastor Rev. Dr. David
 Eberhard invites people of all faiths to view the 1866 cathedral church
 beautifully decorated with Easter lily plants and to enjoy the triumphant
 sounds of the Historic Trinity Choir and the Baseline Brass with Karl
 Osterland at the organ.
 
     MAUNDY THURSDAY (Holy Thursday) Services
     Thursday, April 12, 2001
     This special day is observed before Good Friday, three days before Easter.
 It commemorates two events of Christ's last week on earth: washing the feet of
 his disciples, and sharing the Last Supper with them.  The name Maundy is
 derived from the Latin mandatum, or commandment.  It refers to Christ's words
 to the disciples (John 13:34): "A new commandment I give unto you: that ye
 love one another."
 
     noon  Holy Communion
           The Rev. James Gruetzner, Preaching
 
     7 p.m.  Holy Communion
             The Rev. Ronald Schmidt
              with the Children of Historic Trinity singing
 
     The feet washing rite still survives in some churches, including Historic
 Trinity (since 1850).  Traditionally, the priest girds himself with a sacred
 linen towel, holds a vessel of water, and washes the feet of the faithful,
 cleaning them for Easter.  In Austria, Portugal, Russia, and Spain, the
 emperor or king used to wash the feet of 12 poor servants on Maundy Thursday.
 In England, servants known as yeomen of the laundry washed the feet of the
 poor while the King or Queen watched.  James II was the last to perform the
 rite in full in the 1680s.  The ceremony is intended as a visible token of
 Christian brotherly love.
     "Tradition is an important part of everything we do," said Rev. Dr. David
 Eberhard, pastor of Historic Trinity.  "On Maundy Thursday, we use a special
 Communion Altar Parament handmade by parish members of the former Holy Trinity
 Polish Lutheran Church.  The church was located where the present General
 Motors Detroit/Hamtramck auto factory stands today.  It was a gift that has
 great meaning to our entire congregation," he added.
 
     GOOD FRIDAY SERVICES
     Friday, April 13, 2001
     Good Friday is observed on the Friday before Easter, mourned as the
 anniversary of Christ's death on the cross.  It was set apart as a holy day as
 long ago as the 300s, in the time of Constantine.  All Good Friday Midday
 services are assisted by the Pastors of the Historic Trinity Cathedral
 Ministry and the Lutheran Choralaires.
 
                       Three Consecutive Worship Services
 
          noon - The Rev. Dr. David Eberhard
     12:45 p.m. - The Rev. Ronald Guettler
      1:30 p.m. - Rev. Dr. John Heins
 
     2:15 p.m. - The Symbolic Sealing of the Tomb of Christ
        7 p.m. - Tenebrae Service (Service of Shadows)
 
     The altar, pulpit and bookmark black paraments used for the Good Friday
 services were made in the 1860s, and used in Historic Trinity's second church,
 built in 1866.  Rev. Dr. David Eberhard, pastor of the church will be wearing
 a pallium-type of Pastoral Stole.
     Following the 1:30 p.m. Worship service, the congregation will exit the
 church and assemble on Gratiot Avenue in front of the doors of the church.  A
 symbolic seal will be placed on the front door of the church to symbolize the
 sealing of the tomb of Jesus Christ.  Pastor Eberhard will invite everyone
 back for the early Easter Sunday worship service, when the church doors will
 symbolically be unsealed and the Festival of the Resurrection will begin.
     The Tenebrae Service (Service of Shadows) at 7 p.m. is an inspirational
 candlelight worship.  Candles are extinguished as Jesus' seven words on the
 cross are read.  The strepitus is sounded and bells are tolled to mourn his
 death.  The final candle is removed briefly from the chancel, but never
 extinguished even as our hope never dies.  Musical presentations will be
 performed by the Historic Trinity Adult Choir and soloist Judy Zorn.
 
                             EASTER SUNDAY SERVICES
                             Sunday, April 15, 2001
 
          6:55 a.m.  The Symbolic Unsealing of the Tomb of Christ
             7 a.m.  Easter Sunrise Communion Service
             8 a.m.  Easter Breakfast (free will offering)
                      served until 10:30 a.m.
          9:30 a.m.  Easter Family Communion Service
         10:30 a.m.  Family Easter Egg Hunt
            11 a.m.  Easter Festival Communion Service
         12:15 p.m.  Family Easter Egg Hunt
 
     Historic Trinity Lutheran Church is located at 1345 Gratiot Avenue between
 I-375 and Russell near Detroit's Eastern Market.  Secure, off-street parking
 is available.
 
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