Easter Mosaic - San Fernando Mission Cemetery - San Fernando - 2008
Catholic, Anglican and Lutheran Churches in the San Fernando Valley are joined by mainstream Protestant denominations to celebrate the Wednesday of Passion Week. Saint Nicholas Episcopal Church in Encino has its statues covered with red cloth and palm fronds on its altars. Tomorrow, Holy Thursday will be a time to celebrate the Last Supper of Jesus and the installation of the Eucharistic meal of bread and wine. Many churches will follow the traditional practice of "washing of feet" on Thursday evening.
The Friday before Easter is called Good Friday. It commemorates the torments and crucifixion of Jesus of Nazareth. On Holy Saturday altars are stripped and late into the night, the ritual objects (holy water, holy oils, altar linens etc) are blessed for use throughout the year. At midnight, there will be Masses and services celebrating the resurrection of Jesus.