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It’s rare to find a socially progressive church that keeps and cherishes traditional liturgy. But that’s the blend that draws worshipers from a wide area to Mount Olive’s doorstep in Midtown Minneapolis.

We describe ourselves as musical, liturgical and welcoming. By musical we mean to emphasize our reputation for congregational singing and organ playing. By liturgical we mean to identify ourselves with timeless rituals that are astonishingly powerful in today’s world. By welcoming we mean to underscore our openness to all comers. We cannot imagine Christ’s church as an exclusionary body. Neither can we imagine the Christian life as a solely private relationship. And so, we are compelled to serve others, near and far. In our serving we are imperfect. We are human. We stumble. We have as many questions as answers. But we lean on God’s grace and on each other. And that seems to give our parish—now entering its second century—a lasting strength.



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Holy Week and Easter at Mount Olive

Sunday of the Passion/

Palm Sunday, March 29
Holy Eucharist, 8 & 10:45 am

Monday-Wednesday of

Holy Week,

March 30-April 1
Daily Prayer at Noon, in the side chapel of the nave

Maundy Thursday, April 2
Holy Eucharist at Noon
Holy Eucharist, with the Washing of Feet, 7:00 p.m.

Good Friday, April 3
Stations of the Cross, Noon
Adoration of the Cross,

7 pm

Holy Saturday, April 4
Great Vigil of Easter, 8:30 pm, followed by a festive reception

The Resurrection of Our Lord, Easter Day
Sunday, April 5
Festival Eucharist at
8 & 10:45 am
Easter Brunch at 9:30 am


The Grain of Wheat

Susan Palo Cherwien's 2015 devotional guide for Lent is available here.    


Free Community Meals

Mount Olive Neighborhood Ministries serves a free, nutritious meal to between 80 and 150 people, on the first and third Saturdays of each month beginning at noon.

This is a great opportunity to meet and get to know our neighbors, and to enjoy a great meal together with them.

All are cordially invited!








BachTage 2015

Saturday–Sunday, June 6-7, 2015
Guest conductor: Kathy Romey

This year, the annual weekend conference on Bach and his music will focus on two cantatas from Bach’s youth. One will be performed in the Saturday concert, the other in the Sunday Cantata Vespers. 

Saturday, June 6, 4 pm: 
Music of Johann Sebastian Bach by Bach Tage soloists and orchestra; Cantata BWV 196, Der Herr denket an uns, Concerto for Oboe and Violin, BWV 1060R


June 7, 4:00 pm
Service of Evening Prayer

Cantata BWV 150, Nach dir, Herr, verlanget mich, will be performed by the participants in the weekend conference, with soloists and orchestra. Kathy Romey of the University of Minnesota will conduct, with Cantor David Cherwien, organist.

Would you like to participate as a singer?

Download a brochure with registration here.


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