Mention the word “Vespers” to virtually anyone associated with Trinity - students, alumni, faculty, or staff - and they’d likely conjure images of Parker Chapel awash in candlelight, caroling, and a post-service stroll down Oakmont Court. It’s been a Christmas season tradition for decades.
A new holiday tradition is coming to Trinity this year: Holy Week Vespers. For Christians, Holy Week chronicles Jesus Christ’s journey from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday, the day that he was resurrected. The service will feature seasonal lessons, carols, and music.
The event will premiere on Good Friday, April 2 at 6 p.m. on Tiger Network. It will be available for on-demand viewing anytime after.
“In discussing our Easter observances, we realized that we had a unique opportunity this year,” explained Alex Serna-Wallender, Trinity’s chaplain. “The Trinity community scatters for the Good Friday three-day weekend, but this virtual service is a way for those of us who celebrate Easter to take a moment, pause, and reflect. The central message of Easter is that death doesn’t have the final word, and that even in the darkest hours, when we feel like we are wandering lost, there is hope.”
That message is even more important this year, as the world enters its second year of the pandemic, yet with promising signs of hope on the horizon. The service will include readings and reflections that coincide with each day of Holy Week, and performances by the Trinity Chamber Singers and members of the Trinity Music Department.