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

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.


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.


Friday, 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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