Easter Services

Our Saturday Easter service for kids
Awesome Worship Easter service for kids and families
Easter egg hunts after each kids service

Children & Family

4:00 pm Saturday, March 31
Church
Kid-friendly service with
children’s sermon and
communion.
Music led by the
Contemporary Band
and organ.

Children & Family

9:00 am Sunday, April 1
Hall Life Center

Festive service for young
children and families.
Music led by the
Contemporary Band.

Egg Hunts

After children’s services
St. John’s School Quad

Children through fifth grade
are invited to join our
Easter egg hunt after
each children’s service.

Easter Vigil services moves from darkness to light
Traditional Easter services for the whole family
Contemporary service - Episcopal liturgy - contemporary music

Traditional

6:00 am Sunday, April 1
Easter Vigil Service
Church

Service moves from
darkness to light.
Music led by the
St. John’s Chorale
with organ.

Traditional

9:00 & 11:00 am
Sunday, April 1
Church (Rite II)

Festive Easter service.
Music led by the
St. John’s Chorale,
organ, brass & timpani.

5:00 pm
Sunday, April 1
Church (Rite II)

Music led by the
St. John’s Chorale
Ensemble with organ.

Contemporary

7:00 pm Saturday, March 31
Easter Service
Church

Easter service with
traditional and
contemporary music
band-led with organ.

11:00 am
Sunday, April 1
Hall Life Center

A blend of the
Episcopal liturgy
and music led by the
Contemporary Band.

Easter for Kids

Walk with Jesus at services and events created specially for children and their families!

Foot Washing

Children’s Foot Washing Service
Thursday, March 29
7:00 pm in the Chapel

Children are invited to a special foot washing service in the chapel while their families attend the Maundy Thursday service. Please drop off your children, ages 3 and up, in the chapel beginning at 6:45 pm. Children will rejoin their parents in the church at the peace for Communion and the stripping of the altar.

Family Friendly
Good Friday Experience
Friday, March 30
3:00 – 5:00 pm on the grounds

Travel together in this self-guided Stations of the Cross  through the milestone moments of Jesus’ journey from his arrest to his entombment, pausing along the way to reflect and pray. A special, family-friendly booklet will be provided to guide you and help you talk through the meaning of these events with your children.

Children’s Easter Service
4:00 pm Saturday, March 31
in the Church

Easter for Kids at St. John the Divine begins with this kid-friendly service with children’s sermon and communion. Music is led by the contemporary band.

Children’s Easter Service
9:00 am Sunday April 1
in the Hall Life Center

Our Awesome Worship Easter is a festive service for young children and their families. Music is led by the contemporary band.

Egg Hunts

Children through fifth grade are invited to join our Easter egg hunt after each children’s service.

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PARKING ON EASTER DAY
We will have complementary covered valet stations on Westheimer and River Oaks Blvd.
Additional valet attendants will be in service – parking will not be a problem!
Parking also available across Westheimer in the Lamar High School parking lot.

Campus-map-with-valet

Introit: Concert

Brahms

A Concert Prelude to Holy Week

Saturday, March 24 at 5:00 pm in the Church
Begin the journey of Holy Week with the SJD Chorale and River Oaks Chamber Orchestra in a concert offering the Requiem by Maurice Duruflé and the cantata From Darkness to Light by contemporary composer Ruth Watson Henderson. This concert is free of charge, and childcare is provided.

About the St. John’s Chorale

A semi-professional choir, the St. John’s Chorale offers music from the heart of the rich Anglican choral tradition each Sunday at St. John the Divine’s 9:00 & 11:00 am services. Led by Steven A. Newberry, this group is composed of dedicated professional singers and volunteers alike whose purpose is to Change Lives for God in Christ through their offering of music. 

About The River Oaks Chamber Orchestra

The River Oaks Chamber Orchestra (ROCO) is a 40-piece professional chamber orchestra that was founded in 2005 by Alecia Lawyer. A Juilliard-trained musician with an eclectic background as a performer, recording artist, adjunct professor and radio host, Lawyer had a vision to re-imagine the orchestral experience for both audience and musicians. The result is ROCO: an orchestra of all-star musicians, distinguished conductors and contemporary composers who come together from all over the world to present unexpected classics, original compositions and delightful performances that dissolve the barriers between audience and orchestra.

Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday

Liturgy of the Palms and Reading of the Passion

Celebrate Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem with the consecration of the palms and a palm processional. We will also commemorate Jesus’ trial, suffering and death with a dramatic reading of the Passion story.

7:45 am – Traditional Worship (Rite I) in the Chapel with Liturgy of the Palms
9:00 am – Traditional Worship (Rite II) in the Church with Liturgy of the Palms, Dramatic Reading of the Passion
11:00 am – Traditional Worship (Rite I) in the Church with Liturgy of the Palms, Dramatic Reading of the Passion
11:00 am – Contemporary Worship in the Hall Life Center wth Liturgy of the Palms, Dramatic Reading of the Passion
5:00 pm – Traditional Worship (Rite I) in the Chapel with Liturgy of the Palms

Child-Centered Service

9:00 am – Awesome Worship in the Hall Life Center

Holy Week Daily Services

Holy Week Eucharists and Daily Offices

Holy Week Eucharists

Monday, March 25 – Thursday, March 29 – 12:00 noon in the Chapel
Join us in the Chapel for a service of Holy Eucharist as we walk with Jesus through Holy Week.


Holy Week Daily Offices

Morning Prayer – 7:00 am in the Chapel
Monday – Thursday, March 26-29

Evening Prayer – 5:30 pm in the Chapel
Monday – Wednesday, March 26-28

Maundy Thursday

Maundy Thursday Service

Service and Stripping of the Altar: 7:00 pm in the Church
Commemorate Jesus’ Last Supper with his disciples in this very moving service. Music will be offered by the Children and Youth Choirs. At the close of the service, we prepare for Good Friday by ceremonially removing all ornamentation from the church and raising a black-draped cross behind the altar.

Children’s Foot Washing Service: 7:00 pm in the Chapel
Children are invited to a special foot washing service in the Chapel while their families attend the Maundy Thursday service. Please drop off your children, ages 3 and up, in the chapel beginning at 6:45 pm. Children will rejoin their parents in the church at the peace for Communion and the stripping of the altar. Nursery will be available for younger children and babies in room 104.

Maundy Thursday Prayer Vigil

Night of Prayer: Following the Maundy Thursday service until 7:00 am Good Friday
Answer Jesus’ call to ‘Stay with me … watch and pray’. Please give us an hour of your time to pray for all the families at St. John the Divine. Sign up online.

Good Friday

Good Friday Experience - Friday March 30

The Path to the Cross

7:00 am, 1:00 pm & 6:00 pm
Walk with Jesus on the road to the cross in this clergy-led Stations of the Cross. We will travel together through the milestone moments of Jesus’ journey from his arrest to his entombment, pausing along the way to reflect and pray. Stations of the Cross will begin at 7:00 am, 1:00 pm (immediately after the 12:00 pm Good Friday service) and 6:00 pm beginning at the chapel doors.

View an electronic version of the Stations of the Cross

Family-Friendly Journey

3:00 – 5:00 pm
Your whole family can walk with Jesus on the road to the cross in this self-guided Stations of the Cross on the church grounds. Travel together through the milestone moments of Jesus’ journey from his arrest to his entombment, pausing along the way to reflect and pray. A special, family-friendly booklet will be provided to guide you and help you talk through the meaning of these events with your children. You will take away an item from each Station that represents the particular moment in the story. Together with the booklet, this collection of items will create a lasting reminder of the Passion story for your children.

The family Stations will be open from 3:00 – 5:00 pm on Friday afternoon for you to travel at your own pace.


Good Friday Services - Friday, March 30

Liturgy for Good Friday

12:00 – 1:00 pm in the Church
We join Jesus at the Cross for this one-hour Good Friday service of reflection, preaching and prayer. Clergy-led Stations of the Cross will take place on the church grounds immediately following this service.

A Service of Shadows

7:00 pm in the Hall Life Center
Experience Jesus’ Passion with the disciples through Old Testament prophecy, chant, shadows, and candlelight in an ancient-future adaptation of an 8th century worship experience. Music will be provided by acoustic guitar, cello, and cantors.

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Good News Should Be Shared

We invite you to download these images and use them to share Easter at SJD on all your social media channels.

 Family-friendly Stations of the Cross Service of Shadows  Egg Hunts

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