Holy Week services planned

Published 12:02 am Saturday, March 28, 2015

St. Mary's Episcopal Church will hold services throughout Holy Week. | Andrew Garner/Star-News

St. Mary’s Episcopal Church will hold services throughout Holy Week. | Andrew Garner/Star-News

Christians from around the world will be celebrating Holy Week next week.

Holy Week is the seven-day period that includes different church services in the lead up to Easter, where Jesus Christ’s resurrection is celebrated.

First United Methodist Church of Andalusia Pastor Tim Trent said the meaning of Holy Week deals with “passion.”

“It covers all of the events leading up to His crucifixion, and when we come back on Sunday to celebrate the resurrection,” Trent said.

During the week, the Lord’s Last Supper is celebrated on Thursday. Churches call this service a Maundy Thursday service.

The last supper signifies Jesus’ last supper with his 12 disciples before being betrayed by Judas and then crucified the next day, which is called Good Friday.

Trent said FUMC will be having lenten breakfasts on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 6:30 a.m. The Thursday evening service starts at 6 with communion, and then the Easter Contata will be held on Easter Sunday. There is no Good Friday service at FUMC, Trent said.

Christ the King Catholic Church will hold mass tomorrow at 11:15 a.m., followed by a Holy Thursday service at 6:30 p.m. for mass of the Lord’s supper.

The Good Friday service includes passion of the cross at 3 p.m. with an evening service at 6:30. The Easter Vigil will be the mass of the Lord’s resurrection at 11:15 a.m. next Sunday.

For other Christian traditions, Holy Week is observed as a time where we walk in Jesus’ path in the lead up to Easter, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church Priest Cindy Howard said.

“Holy Week is the time each year when we recall the last days of Jesus’ earthly life, and the time and events leading up to the resurrection,” Howard said. “It is the time when we walk the path with Jesus to the cross, and I believe it is there we can see best who Jesus truly is.”

Howard said when Jesus makes it to the cross is when we all see who he really is.

“It is at the cross where we see sacrificial love to the point of death, strength in vulnerability, power in what appears weak in the eyes of the world, and justice that come through love, mercy and forgiveness,” she said. “It is at the cross where we see how far God was willing to go to show God’s love for us and to take on every part of our humanity.”

Holy Week services at St. Mary’s include Palm/Passion Sunday tomorrow at 9:15 a.m.; Stations of the Cross on Wed., April 1, at 6 p.m.; Maundy Thursday on April 2 at 6 p.m.; Good Friday on April 3 at noon; Holy Saturday on April 4 at 9:15 a.m.; and Easter Sunday on April 5 at 9:15 a.m.

In Opp, Westview Baptist Church is holding an Easter drama and handbell concert by the kids of the church; and the choirs are performing a musical drama at 10:15 a.m. on Sunday.

The First United Methodist Church in Opp is offering a Palm Sunday service tomorrow at 10 a.m., a Good Friday service on Friday at 6 p.m.; and then an Easter service next Sunday at 10 a.m.