Holy Week: Watchnight

Date: Thursday, March 24–Friday, March 25
Time: 9 pm until Friday noon
Location: Chapel

During the night on Thursday, a watch is kept before the consecrated bread on the Altar of Repose in the Chapel. The consecrated bread is felt to be the real presence of Christ, and so we keep vigil with Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane on the last night before he is handed over to be crucified. The tradition comes from the question Jesus asked his disciples Peter, James and John, who kept falling asleep as Jesus prayed in agony awaiting his arrest: “Can’t you keep watch with me even one hour?” So we keep watch, praying through the night.

Sign up for an hour of prayer overnight after the Maundy Thursday service.