Lent and Easter

Prayer, Preparation, The Resurrection

The 40 days of Lent for 2023 extend from Ash Wednesday (Feb. 22) through Holy Saturday (April  8), omitting Sundays. The last three days of Lent are the sacred Triduum of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday. Lent has reacquired its significance in the early church as the final preparation of adult candidates for baptism. Joining with them, all Christians are invited “to the observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God’s holy Word” (BCP, p. 265).

Easter (Sunday, April 9)  is the feast of Christ’s resurrection, beginning at sunset on Easter Eve with the Great Vigil of Easter.

“Habits of the Heart”

Adult Christian Formation
Sundays, 9:30 a.m., Parish Hall

Take time to learn with the St. Paul’s family during this engaging and informative time together on Sunday mornings.

Inquirer’s Class
Episcopal 101*

Sundays, 9:30 a.m.
Meeting Room A (on the lower level below the kitchen)

Join Fr. Lee  for a class on what it means to be a Christian and an Episcopalian in the modern world.

*Wednesday Nights in Lent or Inquirer’s Class is suggested for those who desire to be confirmed or received by Bishop Skirving in April

‘Requiem’ Concert Recording

The choir of St. Paul’s performed W.A. Mozart’s “Requiem” on March 29, 2019.  As part of your Lenten observance, we offer the recording of that concert, below. The concert featured Ronnie Wise, director; Richard Rhoads, organist; Nancy King, soprano; John Callison, bass.

Recording engineered and produced by Cleve Callison.

Holy Week & Easter

  • Palm Sunday, April 2
    • 8 a.m. | Holy Eucharist
    • 10 a.m. | Blessing of the Palms, followed by Procession of the Palms through the
    • 10:30 a.m. | Choral Eucharist
  • Monday, April 3-Tuesday, April 4
    •  11 a.m. -1 p.m. | Meditations on the Cross: Approaching Good Friday through Art
  • Holy Wednesday, April 5
    • 12:10 p.m. | Holy Eucharist
  • Maundy Thursday, April 6
    • 12:10 p.m. | Stations of the Cross
    • 7 p.m.| Holy Eucharist with Foot Washing and Stripping of the Altar
  • Good Friday, April 7
    • 12:10 p.m. | The Good Friday Liturgy
    • 7:30 p.m. | “The Crucifixion,” Concert with the Choir of St. Paul’s and Soloists
  • The Great Vigil of Easter | April 8, 8 p.m.
  • Easter Day | April 9
    • 8 a.m. | Holy Eucharist
    • 10 a.m. | Pre-service Music + Flowering of the Cross
    • 10:30 a.m. | Choral Eucharist
           Easter Egg Hunt in Rectory Garden to follow 

Easter Offering, Gift of Flowers or Music

You are invited to honor or remember loved ones with a Lenten/Easter offering to St. Paul’s or a gift of flowers or music for our Easter services.

  1. Please complete the form on this page. Your information will go right to the church office.
  2. Then send your gift one of two ways:
  • Online via Vanco. Designate your gift for “Lenten/Easter Offering,” “Flowers” or “Music.” Please consider paying the small processing fee.  Note: All financial information submitted to Vanco is encrypted and stored to the highest possible standards in the electronic payment industry. 
    • OR

    • Mail your check to: St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 16 N. 16th St., Wilmington, NC 28401

    Deadline  for flowers and listing of Thanksgivings/Memorials in bulletin is XX

    Thank you!

    “Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. ‘ “