Mark’s-in-the Valley Episcopal Church Announces
2017 Holy Week, Easter Services & Easter Egg Hunt
Los Olivos, Santa Barbara County, California – Members of the public of all ages are invited to celebrate Holy Week and Easter at St. Mark’s-in-the-Valley Episcopal located at 2901 Nojoqui Avenue at the corner of Alamo Pintado Avenue in downtown Los Olivos. St. Mark's practices a spacious Christianity and serves as the Santa Ynez Valley's community, music, arts and welcome center. St. Mark’s offers a wide range of opportunities for spiritual formation and community service for all ages. All may enjoy open doors all day, every day, an outdoor courtyard and labyrinth 24/7 for rest, prayer and meditation.
Here is the schedule of St. Mark’s-in-the-Valley’s 2017 Holy Week and Easter services and activities open to all.
Sunday, April 9, 2017—Palm Sunday
Services are 8 am, 10 am, and 5 pm with the blessing and distribution of palms at all services.
Thursday, April 13, 2017—Maundy Thursday
A simple supper for all will be served in Stacy Hall at 6 pm which precedes the Liturgy of the Day at 7 pm. The service includes the washing of feet or hands (for those who wish) and also recalls Christ’s institution of the sacrament of communion.
Friday, April 14, 2017—Good Friday
The Liturgy of the Day is at 7 pm and features communion from the reserved sacrament. Good Friday is a solemn service in commemoration of Christ’s death on the cross.
Saturday, April 15, 2017—The Easter Vigil
The Great Vigil of Easter is at 8 pm and features the liturgy of the new fire, blessing of the Paschal Candle, the great Alleluia, and the first Eucharist of Easter. A complimentary, festive reception offering local wines, soft drinks, hors d’oeuvres and desserts follows the service.
Sunday, April 16, 2017—Easter Day
At 8 am and 10 am, the Easter Festival Eucharist with special music and choir will be offered at both services.
There is a reception featuring complimentary refreshments and conversation after each service. The church will be decorated with magnificent floral displays created by members of St. Mark’s Altar Guild and other members.
The popular St. Mark’s Easter Egg Hunt will be held at 9:15am in the courtyard and gardens for toddlers and children through elementary school age (kids, please bring your own basket).
For more information, please visit www.smitv.org