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Holy Week Services
Wednesday, April 16: Join us at Church of the Good Shepherd, Berkeley for a Tenebrae service at 7pm. This is a very beautiful and distinctive service in which a series of candles are gradually extinguished, accompanied by psalms and readings.
Maundy Thursday, April 17: Potluck supper at 6pm in the Parish Hall. At 7pm we will move to the Sanctuary for worship.
Good Friday, April 18: We are having two services: 12pm (spoken) and 7pm (with music and hymns).
Holy Saturday, April 19: Our Easter Vigil begins at 7pm on the labryinth (see below) in the darkness, and gradually moves inside to the light where we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus.
Easter Sunday, April 20: The traditional Easter Sunday worship services. Celebrate the morning of the third day and opening of the tomb! Services are at 8am (spoken) and 10am (with music and hymns). At 11:30, join us in the Parish Hall for a brunch hosted by our Vestry, and a children's Egg Hunt!
8 a.m. A quieter service, with the Eucharist.
10 a.m. Our Eucharist service with music and hymns. Primarily accompanied by organ, but often joined by the many musical groups that rehearse here. Past service musicians have included cellists, gospel choirs and classical guitar.
A professionally staffed nursery is available at 10 a.m.
12 p.m. This is a more informal service, and includes time for healing prayer.
Our labyrinth is always open for meditation. When pilgrims couldn't get to Jerusalem in the Middle Ages, many devised symbolic walkways which were like a "virtual pilgrimage." In a meditation labyrinth, one can't get lost, but one may be tempted to leave the path, especially when it heads in surprising directions.
Walking the Labyrinth can be an entry into sacred space and time, a simple walking meditation which helps a person center and be more attuned to the presence of God.
At St. Alban's our labyrinth is octagonal, a shape that fits in best with the setting of our church patio. This labyrinth was built many years ago by St. Alban's parishioners.
Octagonal labyrinth design for St. Alban's