Holy Week at St. Paul’s Church 

As we enter into Holy Week, we find special significance in this central event in our faith. And we also know that we cannot observe these days in the way we would prefer. Here at St. Paul’s we have put together several different ways you might find strength and meaning in these days. Please see below for many different ways you can join in the rituals of the church surrounding Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection.

PALM SUNDAY – April 5, 10:00 a.m.
The St. Paul’s community will gather this coming Sunday to pray and celebrate, this day with a focus on the Palm Sunday liturgy and the story of Christ’s Passion.

Click here to join us on Palm Sunday
or call 1-646-558-8656 (Meeting ID – 647 333 282)   

If you have any problems joining the service, feel free to call Matt Fillio (413-822-3759); he will be ready to help!

MONDAY – SATURDAY IN HOLY WEEK – April 6-11, 8:45-9:00 a.m.
Each morning during Holy Week Father Sam will lead a short and simple time of prayer, scripture, and meditation on the Zoom platform. Join us to help start your day right.

Click here to join us for the Holy Week Morning Boost
or call 1-646-558-8656 (Meeting ID – 647 333 282)   

Triduum is the Latin word for “three days,” and refers to the period beginning on the evening of Maundy Thursday (April 9) and closing on the evening of Easter Sunday (April 12). To mark each day, the Episcopal clergy of the Berkshires are creating short and meaningful services that you can watch on YouTube at any time on these days. We will send you links to these services as soon as they are available.

And here are other ways you might join in the observance of these holy days:

Beginning Thursday, April 9, 9:00 p.m. until Friday, April 10 at noon
Many Episcopal churches create an “Altar of Repose” on Maundy Thursday, where the elements of Communion are reserved for the Good Friday Eucharist. (Elements are not to be consecrated in this period between the observance of Christ’s death and resurrection.) Traditionally parishioners sign up to pray continuously at this altar until the Good Friday observance.

So this Maundy Thursday/Good Friday the people of St. Paul’s will pray continuously not only in remembrance of the Passion of Jesus Christ but in intercession for our world in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. We will pray in our homes, knowing that we are part of a chain of prayer here in the Berkshires and throughout the world.

We will begin with communal prayer on the Zoom platform on Thursday, April 9, 9:00-9:15 p.m. (Click here to join that short service, or call 1-646-558-8656 [Meeting ID – 748 658 852]) Then you are asked to sign up for an hour of prayer here. We will provide some resources for prayer to fill your time; or you may choose to pray through a reading of the story of Christ’s Passion. Join us as we pray that Christ’s redemption may come speedily to our world.

A packet of suggestions for home worship for the services of Holy Week is available on our website.

Creating Sacred Space at Home

Home Worship – The Three Days

The National Cathedral, in Washington, DC is offering online worship during the pandemic.  These beautiful services are a wonderful opportunity to draw near to other Episcopalians through the liturgy of the day.  The music offered is simple and it is a joy to sing along with the four choristers present at each service. The Cathedral provides a service bulletin containing the entire liturgy and the hymns for each service, which can be downloaded onto your tablet or phone. Participants are encouraged to participate as you would when attending church:  Stand when we would usually stand; pray the prayers and responses out loud; and sing.

The service is streamed live on YouTube.  You may watch it on your tablet or laptop, or stream it to your television.

To access National Cathedral worship services you may Google “National Cathedral” or click thIs link.

Holy Week services and times include:
Palm Sunday11:15 AM
Maundy Thursday7:00 PM
Good FridayNoon
Easter Sunday11:15 AM

Since this year we are unable to celebrate Easter in the grand manner we wish, we will instead join together in watching the Easter Sunday service from the National Cathedral (see above for the link). Afterwards we will gather for a virtual Coffee Hour on the Zoom platform. Click here to join the Coffee Hour call 1-646-558-8656 (Meeting ID – 461 249 228) at the conclusion of the National Cathedral service, which we guess will be approximately 12:30 p.m.

And be sure you wear your Easter finery! We hope to see Easter bonnets, bow ties, spring dresses, and more. And have ready to eat and drink the items you would share at St. Paul’s. Together we will share the joy of Christ’s resurrection, dreaming of the day soon that we will be physically together to proclaim that Christ is risen indeed!

Staying Connected

Come Hang out with St. Paul’s Folks

Father Sam will be hanging out on Zoom Friday mornings (April 3 & 10) from 10:00 to 11:00 AM and Tuesday evenings (April 7) from 6:00 to 7:00 PM. You may drop in for a few minutes or for the whole hour.

Click here on Friday mornings any time between 10:00 & 11:00 AM to join Father Sam.
(dial in: 1-646-558-8656; meeting ID – 428 952 550)

Click here on Tuesday evenings any time between 6:00 & 7:00 PM to join Father Sam.
(dial in: 1-646-558-8656; meeting ID – 925 396 586)

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How You Can Help

Lee Food Pantry

During this time of social distancing we encourage you to continue to support our local food pantries. The need within the community is great. Monetary donations are most helpful at this time and allows the food pantry to provide what is needed most for those in need. You can make a donation to The Lee Food Pantry through PayPal. 100% of all donations go directly to the purchase of food for people in need.


If you have non-perishable food donations please leave them inside the church, near the back table. (Please be sure the food you bring for the pantry has not expired – we are not able to give away food beyond its freshness date.) St. Paul’s will volunteer at the Lee Food Pantry on Saturday, April 11 at 10:00 AM.

Resources for Worship and Prayer

Worship Teams

This Sunday, April 5
Officiant: The Rev. Sam Smith
Intercessor: Carl Sprague
Passion Readers:
Vaunie Graulty
Martha Bodine
Natalie Boyce
Diana French
Ginny Willcox
Carl Sprague
Kendra MacLeod
Kim Savery
Jean Rousseau

Parish Prayer List

  • People we pray for on Sundays: Cecilia, Katrina, Hannah
  • Long-term prayer list: George, Jeff, David, Doug, Barbara, Charles, ZsuZsa, Tom, Rich, Ronnie, Karen, Michael, Christy, John, George, Khali, Brian
  • Prayers of thanksgiving for the birth of Bernadette Elene to parents Carolyn Starz and The Rev. Nathaniel Anderson (Rector, St. John’s Church, Williamstown)
  • Prayers for the repose of the soul of Bob Crowell
  • Our partners at Grace Church, Great Barrington and the Rev. Janet Zimmerman; Trinity Episcopal/Christ Lutheran, Sheffield and the Rev. Erik Karas; the Austen Riggs community and the Riverbrook Residence; victims of violence, abuse, persecution and disaster at home and abroad
  • Outreach Ministries of the Week: Lee Food Pantry and Berkshire Community Diaper Project
  • Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: St. Francis’, Holden
  • Anglican Cycle of Prayer: Church of the Province of the Indian Ocean
  • Birthdays: Audra Winn (2nd), Georgeanne Rousseau (4th), Devyn Fillio (6th), Mary Maltzoff (7th), Scott Race (8th)