The First parish of Bolton

The First Parish of Bolton

Palm Sunday at The First Parish of Bolton

Holy Week at the First Parish of Bolton

Thursday, 2 April: Holy "Maundy" Thursday

6:30 p.m.: A Contemporary Seder, Davis Hall


The night he was betrayed, Jesus shared a Passover meal with his friends. Tonight, we recall that meal with a contemporary Seder that incorporates Christian elements. The ancient chant reserved for Holy Thursday "Where Love Is, There Is God" calls us to the table where we will ceremonially partake of traditional Passover foods, including stuffed eggs, vegetables, lamb, and fruit.

7:30 p.m.: Tenebrae, Moving from Light to Darkness, Sanctuary


This ancient service which ends in darkness symbolizing the death of Jesus on the cross is quite different this year. The acclaimed early music ensemble "Seele Musicale" will perform Pergolesi’s dazzling "Stabat Mater", its movements interspersed with prayers, as, one by one, the candles on the altar are extinguished.

We invite you to attend both or either one of these services.

Friday, 3 April: Good Friday

From noon until 3 p.m., the hours Jesus hung on the cross, the church sanctuary will be open for personal prayer and meditation before a cross draped in black. Suggested prayers and readings will be available.

Sunday, 5 April: Easter Sunday

6 a.m.: Gather for the Sunrise Service, Davis Farms, Wilder Road


Sunrise is 6:23 a.m. in Bolton on Easter, and we will greet it and share the joy of the resurrection from the top of Bolton’s highest hill, with its clear view of the Boston skyline. Please park in the paved area between the farm buildings, and walk up the road leading to the hilltop. The service is held near the small red pump house and begins promptly at 6:23 a.m. The walk takes 5-10 minutes, so be sure to arrive no later than 6:10 a.m. Following the service, come to Davis Hall for a breakfast of strata, pastry, orange juice, coffee, and tea.

10 a.m.: Festival Worship


This intergenerational forty-five minute service is highlighted by inspiring music for organ, brass, percussion, and choir. A lavish coffee hour follows, as well as an Easter Egg Hunt for younger children.