Holy Week 2014

The Triduum – The Three Holy Days

triduumThe St. Olaf College community gathers with Christians around the world to celebrate and remember.

On Maundy Thursday, we heed Christ’s commandment to love one another – through the washing of feet and the sharing of Holy Communion. This service does not “end,” but instead resumes on Good Friday when we hear the passion of Christ according to the Gospel of John; the narrative of Jesus as a king crucified and reigning from the cross. We will depart in darkness and silence and will gather again on Saturday for the conclusion of this three-day, three-part worship service. The Easter Vigil on Saturday occurs on the night of the passover of Christ from death to life. This is the high point of the church’s year, the night the church lights the first of the resurrection candles.


Sometimes called the “first day,” Easter is the first day of our new creation. It is on this day – the day of Christ’s resurrection – that all of creation experiences restoration and renewal. In the resurrected Christ, there is time after the end, life after death, restoration of what is broken, the brightening of what had gone dark.

Worship Services

Worship services are open to all, and begin in Boe Memorial Chapel with the exception of the Great Vigil of Easter. On Saturday evening, we will gather on the plaza outside Boe Chapel. In case of inclement weather, we will begin in the Fireside Lounge of Buntrock Commons. In addition, all are invited to “Breakfast Before Boe” on Easter Sunday at 10 a.m. in the Boe Chapel Undercroft.

You may also join us online via live and archived streaming.

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    Worship Service Music

    Music04Maundy Thursday
    St. Olaf Cantorei
    Duruflé – Ubi caritas
    Fauré – Cantique de Jean Racine

    Good Friday
    Chamber Choir
    Handel – Surely, he hath borne our griefs (from Messiah)
    Plainsong – Pange lingua
    Ireland – Ex ore innocentium
    Schütz – Christ, be thine the glory

    The Great Vigil of Easter
    Chamber Choir, Brass Quartet
    Cary Ratcliff – Come to the water
    Bairstow – Sing ye to the Lord

    Easter Sunday
    Chamber Choir, String Quintet, Trumpet, Timpani, Harpsichord
    Handel – Hallelujah Chorus (from Messiah)
    Handel – The Trumpet Shall Sound (bass aria from Messiah)
    English tune, arr. Bobb – Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day
    Widor – Toccata from Organ Symphony V

    Sing For Joy Radio Programs

    singforjoyListen to special episodes celebrating Holy Week, prepared by St. Olaf College’s nationally distributed radio program Sing For Joy. Hosted by retired College Pastor W. Bruce Benson, this program explores in sacred music the biblical themes of these most holy days of the liturgical year.

    April 13, 2014: Sunday of the Passion — Palm Sunday (Year A)
    The story of Palm Sunday, the entrance of Christ into Jerusalem, is a story full of both sunny happiness and overcast foreboding. On this episode of Sing For Joy you will hear music that takes such a day seriously.

    April 18, 2014: Good Friday (Year A)
    In spite of Good Friday’s reputation as a day not for singing, some of the most wonderful music of the ages has been written for it. A special Sing For Joy program has been prepared to offer the kind of music that honors the day meaningfully. Make it part of your Holy Week observance.

    April 20, 2014: Resurrection of Our Lord — Easter Day (Year A)
    Easter doesn’t care about the April weather.  Rain or shine, Easter sings.   Hear it, share it, join it, on the next Sing For Joy.

    Easter Brunch

    Enjoy a delicious Easter brunch served by Bon Appétit in the Buntrock Commons Ballroom for $23.95. Call 507-786-3050 for reservations during the 11:30 a.m., noon, 12:30 p.m., and 1 p.m. seatings.

    Oak-Smoked Salmon Caesar
    Broccoli and Asparagus Salad with Ginger Vinaigrette
    Tropical Fruit Salad
    Carved Bourbon-Glazed Ham
    Saffron-Roasted Cod with Citrus Gremolata
    Cider-Roasted Sweet Potatoes
    Haricot Vert with Smoked Tomato Butter
    Local Maple-Glazed Carrots
    Pancetta-Braised Mushrooms with Duck and Red Wine
    Garden Manicotti with Basil Cream
    Grand Dessert Display