Observe Holy Week with the First Congregational Church of Rochester

Mar 22, 2021

ROCHESTER — The First Congregational Church of Rochester will be hosting in-person worship for Holy Week, and all services will be streamed on the church’s website, rochestercongregational.com.

At 7 p.m. on April First, the church will hold a service for Maundy Thursday.

This service of Tenebrae (meaning “darkness” or “shadows”) has been practiced by the church since medieval times. It is a tradition used during the last days of Holy Week to impress upon the hearts of believers the awful consequences of sin and the magnitude of the Savior’s sacrifice. The service will include Communion, Scripture reading, and the gradual extinguishing of lights in the Sanctuary.

At 7 p.m. on Good Friday, the church will hold a service which will end “with participation in the Lord’s Supper in a unique way that you will remember for years to come,” according to a press release from the church.

On Easter Sunday, the church will host a sunrise gathering at 7 a.m., followed by an Easter service at 10 a.m.