Thursday | Watchnight

Thursday | April 18 | 9:00 pm | 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. A sign-up sheet to cover all hours for Watchnight may be found in the back of the Church. It is also fine to just show up.