Churches celebrate Holy Week

Published 12:03 am Wednesday, March 27, 2013

All week long, local congregations have been worshipping together in anticipation of Easter Sunday.

Traditionally, it is the most well-attended Sunday service of the year as Christians celebrate the resurrection of Christ.

For Christians, this is the day that Jesus came back to life, or was raised from the dead, three days after his death on the cross on Good Friday.

First Baptist Church Pastor Fred Karthaus has said often that his church celebrates Jesus’ resurrection every Sunday, but especially on Easter Sunday.

“The Holy Week, which begins Palm Sunday, continues on Good Friday, and culminates with Easter Sunday, is a special time in all Christian churches,” he said. “We believe Good Friday is the day of Jesus’ crucifixion, and God’s once and for all sacrificial atonement for mankind’s sin.”

Good Friday services will kick off today, including:

• “Messages from the Master: The last seven saying of Christ,” at First Baptist Church Whatley Street at 6:30 p.m.;

• Good Friday liturgy at noon at St. Mary’s Episcopal;

• Stations of the Cross, at 3 p.m. at Christ the King Catholic Church. A communion service will be held at 6 p.m.

On Saturday,

• Easter vigil mass, 7:30 p.m., Christ the King Catholic Church;

• Holy Saturday Liturgy, 9 a.m., St. Mary’s Episcopal Church.

• Easter egg hunt at First Baptist Church, 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Easter Sunday

• Easter services at 9 a.m. at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church;

• Annual sunrise service at Andalusia Memorial Cemetery at 6:30 p.m.;

• Eldridge-Grimes sunrise service at the pond on Sanford Road at 6:30 a.m.;

• Easter sunrise service, Dozier Baptist Church at 6:30 a.m.

• Sunrise service at 6:45 a.m., Bethany Baptist Church

• Choir and drama presentation at Bethany at 10:30 a.m.

• Easter Day Mass at Christ the King Catholic Church, at 11:15 a.m.