Holy Week services

For most Christians, Holy Week — the seven days leading up to Easter Sunday — is one of the most important weeks in the life of the Church. We hope that you can join us for at least one service.

The observance of Holy Week dates to the 3rd Century, when pilgrims began visiting Jerusalem to see the locations where the Gospels record that He was put on trial, suffered, and died:

Numerous pilgrims to the holy city followed the path of Jesus in his last days. They formed processions, worshipped where Christ suffered and died, and venerated relics. From this beginning evolved the rites we observe today on Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday. These services provide a liturgical experience of the last days of Jesus’ earthly life, as well as the time and events leading up to his resurrection.

For St. Stephen Episcopal Church, special services will mark Holy Week on Palm, or Passion, Sunday; Holy (Maundy) Thursday; and Good Friday.

  • Palm Sunday: 8 a.m. Holy Eucharist and 10 a.m. Holy Eucharist with procession of palms
  • Maundy (Holy) Thursday: 6:30 p.m. Agape meal, followed by stripping of the altar
  • Good Friday: 12 p.m. liturgy; confessions will be heard until 3 p.m.
  • Easter Sunday: 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Holy Eucharist

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Celebrating an ordination!

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The wardens and vestry of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church are pleased to announce that on Dec. 15, God willing and the people consenting, the Right Rev. Dorsey W.M. McConnell, Bishop of Pittsburgh, will ordain the Rev. Brandon Mozingo to the priesthood.

The celebration begins at 10 a.m. at St. Stephen’s, 220 Eighth Ave. at Walnut Street, McKeesport. Everyone is welcome to attend!

Brandon currently serves as deacon-in-charge of St. Stephen’s and also ministers to other area Episcopal churches through the Mon Valley Mission. He previously served as parish administrator for Trinity Cathedral, Pittsburgh, and as a chaplain for the Seamen’s Church Institute, serving merchant mariners working on the Upper Ohio, Allegheny, Monongahela and Kanawha rivers.

A veteran of the U.S. Navy and a former hospital chaplain in the Atlanta VA Health Care System, Brandon is a graduate of the University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., where he earned an M.A. in theology.

Brandon is shown, above right, during his ordination to the diaconate. Also shown is the Rev. Linda Tardy Wilson.