Valhalla Parish COVID Protocols

Valhalla Parish is continuing to take a number of precautions as a way of caring for the most vulnerable in our community—those who are immunocompromised, those unable to be vaccinated, and those in high-risk groups. 

This includes masking during all services of worship.

Click the link below to find out about the other protective measures we are taking.

Valhalla Parish COVID Protocols
Palm Sunday

Sunday April 10, 2022 | 10.00am
St. David's (614 Christina Place, Castlegar)
St. Stephen's (902 Union St., New Denver)

What is Palm Sunday?

On Palm Sunday, we celebrate Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem. On this day, Jesus is greeted with loud shouts of "Hosanna," as he approaches the city. The assembled crowds gather the branches of local plants (palms in Jerusalem, cedar for the Kootenays), and lay down their coats to line the parade route, as they seek to honour the king they believe has come to set their people free from the forces of destruction, oppression, and death. 

Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week, Jesus' harrowing journey towards betrayal, trial, sentencing, execution, the grave, and ultimately, resurrection.

Maundy Thursday

Thursday April 14, 2022 | 7.00pm
St. David's (614 Christina Place, Castlegar)

What is Maundy Thursday?

Tonight we begin the Three Days during which we participate once again in the saving power of Jesus’ passing over from death into life. The Maundy Thursday service includes the words of Jesus’ new commandment (mandatum, from which Maundy comes) to love one another.

As a sign of our calling to follow Jesus’ example of humility and service, Christians often wash one another’s feet as Jesus washed the disciples’ feet. Taking continued COVID precautions, we will not include this portion of the service this evening.

On this night in which Jesus was handed over to death we also gather around and commemorate his institution of the Eucharist, or Lord’s supper. At the conclusion of the service, the altar will be stripped of its furnishings as a sign of Jesus’ abandonment by his disciples.

Good Friday

Friday April 15, 2022 | 10.00am
St. David's (614 Christina Place, Castlegar)

What is Good Friday?

The Good Friday service continues the journey through the Three Days of Jesus’ suffering, death and resurrection. At the heart of this service is the passion reading according to John, which celebrates Christ’s victory on the cross.

As Jesus draws all people to himself, we pray for the whole world for which Christ died. Finally, we honour the cross as the sign of forgiveness, healing and salvation. With all God’s people we are invited to bow before this mystery of faith./

Christ has died, so that we may live.

Easter

Sunday April 17, 2022 | 10.00am
St. David's (614 Christina Place, Castlegar)
St. Stephen's (902 Union Street, New Denver)

What is Easter?

The glory of Easter is the heart of the Christian gospel. It is the centre of the Church’s faith and worship. In the earliest days of the Church it was the only Christian festival: an annual celebration, in one act, of Christ’s life, death, resurrection, ascension, and his sending of the Holy Spirit.

At Easter, we celebrate—with joy and surprise—that death does not have the final say, marking Jesus' triumphal resurrection from the dead. Easter Sunday also marks the beginnning of 50 days—traditionally known as Eastertide—that ends with Pentecost Sunday.