Our Traditions

March

The entire month is taken up with the church season of Lent.
During this comparatively quiet time, we are invited to reflect upon ourselves, and to open up the spirit world in anticipation of great joy that will come to us on the very next day, April 1, the Day of Resurrection, or Easter.

The very last day of March, the 31st, is Holy Saturday, the day that Jesus rested in the tomb after his execution. That evening the church celebrates the Great Vigil of Easter, a time to recognize the Risen Christ and to share in the joy.

Elsewhere in this web, you will find descriptions of the special services and events this month.

Holy Days in March include:
St. Patrick, well known and beloved of Irish and Irish-Americans. March 17
 St. Joseph, stepfather of Jesus Christ. March 19
Passiontide, beginning with Palm Sunday (March 24), followed by the weekdays of Holy Week, and Maundy Thursday, recalling the Last Supper and the introduction by Jesus Christ of the Holy Communion to his apostles.
Good Friday, March 30.
Watch this page in a month for a description of Easter services at St. John Baptist.
In addition to Sunday worship, consider adding our weekday gatherings about the altar in the Lady Chapel (behind the main altar at the east end of the church). Here, we remember the saints of history at morning prayer on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 9 a.m., and at a said service of Holy Eucharist on Tuesdays at 9:20 a.m. The main door to the church is usually open on weekday mornings. You are welcome to enter by that door when open.