a vibrant and affirmative congregation and ministry
New Bedford, Massachusetts

Whoever you are, wherever you are
on your journey of faith,
God's grace is for you.

Welcome to Grace Church

Thank you for visiting our website. We are a vibrant community that seeks to serve Jesus in all people. We truly believe what we say as our invitation to communion: "Whoever you are, wherever you are on your journey of faith, come to the holy table and receive the supper of the Lamb." Please know that you are welcome here at Grace!

Worship With Us

Saturdays
5 pm Holy Eucharist Rite II

Sundays
8 am Holy Eucharist Rite I
10 am Holy Eucharist Rite II

Wednesdays

10 am Holy Eucharist Rite II

Maundy Thursday, April 18th, 6 pm

Footwashing, Holy Eucharist Rite II & Stripping of the Altar
Maundy or Holy Thursday is the commemoration of the First Eucharist at the Last Supper. The word “Maundy” from the Latin Maudatum novum, Jesus’ “new commandment” that we love one another, as he has loved us, represented by the act of love: the washing of the feet. At the end of the service, we clear the table, consume the consecrated bread and wine, and strip the sanctuary of ornament together in preparation for the passion and death of Jesus.

Good Friday, April 19th

Church Open for Meditation 11 am-3 pm
Noon: Good Friday Liturgy in the church
             Children’s Service in the chapel
 6 pm:  Good Friday Liturgy & Veneration of the Cross
Friday we meditate on Jesus’ sacrifice of His humiliation, torture and death for the sake of our redemption, this story told through the narrative St. John’s passion.  We venerate the cross, the symbol of Jesus’ sacrifice and of our faith. At Grace the cross is a relic of the Great Fire. Just as our Church rose from the ashes, we are confident that Jesus will rise from the dead and in the power of His resurrection in our own lives.

Holy Saturday, April 20th

6 pm: The Great Vigil of Easter
In the darkened church a fire is lit and from that fire the Paschal candle, the symbol of the light of Christ, is spread through the church.  It represents the slow dawning after the night within which He rose from the dead. We begin with an ancient hymn called the Exsultet, “Let [the host of heaven] exult!”, expressing the joy of all on earth and in heaven at Christ’s glorious resurrection. The first half is in darkness, while a series of lessons describing the history of salvation is read, interspersed with psalms and prayers. We renew our baptismal covenant. Then the resurrection is announced. The room is flooded with light revealing that the gloomy veils of Lent have disappeared and spring flowers, risen from the earth, bedeck the sanctuary; bells ring, and the Gloria in Excelsis is sung, leading to the first Eucharist of Easter.

Easter Sunday, April 21st

8 am: Holy Eucharist, Rite I

10 am: Festival Eucharist, Rite II

Left to Right:
The Rt. Rev. Barbara C. Harris,   Bishop Suffragan until 2003, Diocese of Massachusetts
The Most Rev. Michael Bruce Curry,  Presiding Bishop and Primate, the Episcopal Church
Mr. Byron Rushing, Vice President, House of Deputies, the Episcopal Church

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