Triduum and Easter Sunday

THE TRIDUUM (the three days)  (March 28-30, 2024)

Maundy or Holy Thursday (7 pm) includes a sermon by Fr. Peter Hoyer, individual assurance of forgiveness, foot washing, a choral anthem, the Holy Eucharist, and the stripping of the altar as Psalm 22 is chanted.

Good Friday Liturgy (noon) includes a sermon by Fr. Peter Hoyer, the congregational reading of the Passion according to St. John the Evangelist, the bidding prayer, and the adoration of the Crucified. Five congregational hymns are sung.

Good Friday Tenebrae (7 pm), the Service of Shadows, includes the reading of the Seven Last Words of Christ from the cross with two choral anthems and six congregational hymns.

The Easter Vigil (6 pm) begins in darkness, the lighting of the Paschal candle (the symbol of the Risen Jesus), the lighting of hand candles of the worshipers as the Light of Christ spreads, four readings from the Old Testament with responding congregational hymns, the celebration of Holy Baptism and the renewal of baptismal vows, the reading of the Easter gospel from John 20, a sermon by Fr. Carl Voges, and the first celebration of the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.


We gather for the Sunrise Easter Eucharist in the church courtyard at 6:30 a.m.  Entrance is easiest from the back parking lot. Dress comfortably for early morning temperature. A sermon by Fr. Samuel Zumwalt and hymns led by the Joyful Noise Ensemble.

We gather for the Festival Eucharists (8:30 & 11am) led by pipe organ, instruments, and the Adult Choir, a sermon by Fr. Samuel Zumwalt, and the singing of joyous hymns and the LBW Setting One liturgy.


St Matthew's Pastor Sam Zumwalt


The Rev. Dr. Samuel Zumwalt has worked in churches for 47 years and in May 2023 celebrated the 42nd anniversary of his ordination to the holy ministry. He is a member of the Society of the Holy Trinity ( In 2004, Pr. Zumwalt moved with his family to Wilmington from Texas, where he served for 23 years as pastor of small, midsize, and large congregations.