Special Services During the Church Year

In January we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day generally with an invited member of the clergy or a lay person who commemorates the work of Dr. King.

During the Lenten Season ashes are administered at an evening Ash Wednesday Service.  We have also distributed ashes to early morning commuters at the bus station on Northfield Ave.

Holy week is observed with the reading and acting out of the Passion and distribution of palms on Palm Sunday. Services are also held on Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday.  An egg hunt for the children is held after the Easter service.Easter Boy1

In May the Sunday of Pentecost is observed with a procession of the cross and Pentecostal wands to simulate the tongues of fire.  Members of Holy Innocents recite simultaneously a passage of scripture in many different languages to commemorate the descent of the Holy Spirit.

Memorial Day PiperOn the Sunday of the Memorial Day weekend a service is held to honor our veterans. A bagpiper leads the congregation from the church to the cemetery where flowers and flags are laid on the graves of our veterans.

Sheltie at churchIn October we hold a mass for the Blessing of Animals in honor of St. Francis. The
service is not simply limited to dogs and cats.  We have blessed a variety of animals including an extremely vocal parrot on more than one occasion.

At the end of October during All Saints we honor all our parishioners and their family members and close friends who have died by reading a necrology.  This is always a solemn and moving service.

In November a special service of Thanksgiving is held on the Sunday before the holiday.

XmasCreche 2012In December we celebrate the Feast of St. Nicholas.  Our children place their shoes in the undercroft before the service and find them afterward to be filled with “gold” according to the legend of St. Nicholas.

On Christmas Eve, the children help reenact the Christmas story.  A highlight of the service is the children’s search among the congregation for the missing baby Jesus.