Maundy Thursday: Watchnight

Date: Thursday, April 17
Time: 9:00 pm thru the night
Location: Chapel

Watchnight begins at 9:00 pm Thursday evening and continues through noon on Friday.  Parishioners volunteer to keep watch before the Altar of Repose in the Chapel, where the consecrated bread resides.  The bread is felt to be the real presence of Christ, and so we keep vigil with Christ in the Garden of Fethsemane 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 you not keep watch with me even one hour?” So we keep watch, praying through the night.