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Sometimes I believe I have favorite moments in Holy Week, but I'm wrong. The thing about going through all the experiences the Church lays out for you in the way it lays them out is that by doing so, you open yourself to the action of an unpredictable God who wants to slip through the door of your life far more than you want him to. You may think it will be the moment the Reproaches begin, the moment the Sacrament is removed from the nave, the moment the new fire is kindled, or something else. However, God may very well choose his own moment to bring home to you what Jesus has done and how deeply he loves you. That's how liturgy works: we carry out the words and actions the Holy Spirit has guided his people to put in place, and God fills them as he will and when he will. See you in church.
This Week's Highlights
Tonight begins the Triduum, the centerpiece of the Church's year, one liturgy across three nights. We are swept into the experience of Jesus' Passion and Resurrection as we pass through Maundy Thursday tonight at 7 p.m., Good Friday tomorrow at 7 p.m., and the Great Vigil of Easter April 16 at 8:30 p.m. Information on additional minor services and devotions remaining this week is on our website.

Last Sunday, we resumed receiving communion at the altar rail, and wine is now available as an option. Information to answer all your questions will continue to be on the back cover of your bulletin for a few weeks and is online here with photos.

The 8:30 P.M. Great Vigil and first Mass of Easter is the climactic liturgy of the Christian year. Invite a friend -- and if you are attending, please bring a sweet or savory ready to serve for the late-night reception!

Emmanuel will offer two identical Easter Sunday Masses at 9 and 11 a.m. Each of these will feature brass and choir; bring a friend!

Emmanuel will be closed on Easter Monday the 18th of April to give our clergy and staff a well-deserved break after Holy Week and all the extra time it involves.

Monday April 25th at 6 p.m., Bishop Lambert will ordain the Rev. Marisa Crofts to the priesthood at Emmanuel. If you would like to donate by check or online towards the parish's ordination gift to Marisa, a chasuble/stole set, note "ordination" in the memo or comments line.
Sunday 9 a.m.
Wednesday 12:15 p.m.

Weekdays 8 a.m. & 5:15 p.m.

Parish Calendar

IN A PASTORAL EMERGENCY - If you or a family member are in the hospital or have another personal emergency, please let the clergy know; they are ready to visit or assist. If the office is closed, please leave the information (including which hospital) in one of their personal office voicemail boxes or on a home phone. Emmanuel can also arrange to have meals provided; just ask!
Emmanuel's ministry staff seek health for both themselves and the parish culture by taking regular time off. MOTHER BETH is off on Fridays. MARISA CROFTS is off on Mondays. DEACON CHRIS is in the office Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday mornings. Voice mail may be left in their boxes at any time.
The church office is open 9-12 weekday mornings, as well as by appointment. Our staff continue fulfilling their ministry responsibilities all day, including actively responding to email and phone messages.
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Emmanuel Memorial Episcopal Church
208 W. University Ave., Champaign, IL 61820
Phone: 217-352-9827
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