Experience hope again!

Join us for Holy Week & Easter

For the first time in two years, St. Mark’s is finally able to throw open the doors for an all-out celebration of Holy Week and Easter!

Come, immerse yourself in the pilgrimage that takes us to the hope of resurrection, of new life. 

Come, let the worship and music and sacred rituals renew your faith. 

Come, revive your hope!

Communion at all services. Our table is open to all.

Nursery available.

St. Mark’s is an RIC-church. ALL are welcome!

The wearing of masks is optional, but for the safety of our small children and those who are immunocompromised, we continue to recommend that you wear a mask.

Please email or call the office if you have any questions: office@stmarksaurora.net or 630-897-6891.

Palm Sunday

Sunday April 10

Our Palm Sunday service began with a procession of everyone waving palms, accompanied by rhythm instruments. The joyful music, children's message, and sermon all focused on Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem and its significance for our lives. 

You can watch our Palm Sunday service on our Worship page

Maundy Thursday

Thursday April 14

Our Maundy Thursday service was a solemn remembrance of Jesus’ Last Supper with his disciples. We remembered his disruptive and intentional act of washing his disciples’ feet, and participated in a similar ritual with handwashing. The service closed with a darkening of the lights and stripping of the altar, to prepare ourselves for the betrayal, arrest, and crucifixion of Jesus, and we depart in silenced.

You can watch the Maundy Thursday service on our Worship page

Good Friday

Friday April 15

7 p.m. worship (also live on YouTube)

The Good Friday service captures the solemnity of the day through the ancient service of "Tenebrae," which derives from the Latin word for candles. The service included seven readings from Luke’s story of the Passion, each followed by a contemplative music selection. We gradually extinguished the candles until we were left in darkness. The “tomb” was slammed shut, and the bell tolled 33 times, once for each year of our Lord’s life on earth. We departed in silence.

You can watch the Good Friday service on our Worship page.

Holy Saturday

Saturday April 16

5 p.m. worship

The service began with a lighting of the new Memorial Paschal Candle, symbolizing that the light of Christ cannot be extinguished, that darkness cannot overcome the light. During the procession, the lit candle was carried into the darkened church toward the altar while we sang

a chant. As the service continues, we moved more and more into the light. By the end, we proclaimed that we are people of the light. And we proclaimed the Easter message: Jesus Christ will rise. His light will overcome the darkness.

Easter Sunday

Sunday April 17

Our Easter celebration began with a procession of the Lion’s Voice Choir singing “Alleluia,” and we praised the Risen Lord throughout the service wit bells, brass instrumentalists, and vocalists. We are resurrection people. This was a day to experience the story that changed everything forever! Happy Easter!

You can watch the full Easter service on our Worship page.