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Holy Week is upon us! Sunday is the Sunday of the Passion/Palm Sunday, and as usual, both services will be the Holy Eucharist at 8:30 (Rite II) and 10:30 (Rite I). Kate will be preaching.

At 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 27, we will again read aloud the Gospel of Mark, this lectionary year's Gospel.

On Wednesday, March 28, the Holy Eucharist will be celebrated with our Canterbury students at 5:30 p.m. All are welcome and invited to attend. Dinner for the students will follow.

Maundy Thursday's liturgy will be at 7:00 p.m. Jon will preach. As is the custom, we will strip the altar of paraments and ornament at the conclusion of the liturgy, which ends in silence. Communion will be reserved for Good Friday.

On Good Friday from 11:00 a.m. - noon, I will be offering the Reconciliation of a Penitent, i.e. private confession, at the communion rail. The church will be open for prayer from noon until 3:00 p.m. The Proper Liturgy for Good Friday will be at 7:00 p.m.; Kate will preach.

Holy Saturday's liturgy will be at 9:00 a.m. Following this brief service, we will decorate the church for Easter. The Great Vigil of Easter, including two baptisms, celebrated with Luther Memorial Lutheran and Northside Presbyterian Churches will be celebrated on Saturday, March 31, starting at 8:00 p.m. at Christ Church.

Easter Sunday's liturgies will be Festive Holy Eucharist, Rite I at 8:30 a.m. and Festive Holy Eucharist, Rite II at 10:30 a.m. Easter potluck breakfast will be served between the services.

I hope you'll make every effort to observe and celebrate the great liturgies of the Christian faith this Holy Week.

Holy Week 2018

  • March 25, Sunday of the Passion/Palm Sunday, 8:30 & 10:30 Services
  • March 27, Tuesday, 7:00 pm Reading Aloud of Mark's Gospel
  • March 29, Thursday, 7:00 pm Maundy Thursday Service
  • March 30, Good Friday
    • 11:00 am Reconciliation of Penitent
    • noon- 3:00 pm Church open for prayer
    • 7:00 pm Good Friday Proper Liturgy
  • March 31, 9:00 am Holy Saturday Proper Liturgy
  • March 31, 8:00 pm The Great Vigil
  • April 1, Easter
    • 8:30 am Festive Holy Eucharist, Rite I
    • 9:30 am Potluck Breakfast
    • 10:30 am Festive Holy Eucharist, Rite II

Words of Welcome

Thank you for visiting our website. As you will discover both on this site and in person, Christ Church is a congregation rich with people, worship, and a variety of ministries. We are a welcoming and inclusive parish.

We worship as a community every Sunday at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. with the celebrations of Holy Eucharist, except in July. Everyone is welcome.

We worship at other times too, offering quarterly Evensong. Music is an integral part of our worship, as is the participation of the congregation.

Being one of only two churches still worshiping in original buildings in the Sixteen Squares that comprise historic downtown Blacksburg, Christ Church exists to serve God and people in our world with deep roots to our Anglican tradition and past, to embodying Christ's love in the present, and always striving to become more and more the people of God as the future unfolds.

We have a deep commitment to minister in the name of Christ to those in need, to those seeking God's presence in their lives, to the students, faculty, and administration at Virginia Tech, and to those who live out their Christian faith as Episcopalians.

If you find yourself pondering some of life's bigger questions, or perhaps you're looking for a place where you can engage your mind, heart, and soul while seeking a relationship with God and others, Christ Church invites you and welcomes you to become a part of this portion of the Body of Christ.

The Rev. Scott A. West, Rector

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