Published: Apr 03, 2012 07:37 PM
Modified: Apr 03, 2012 07:38 PM
Holy Week continues
Today is the mid-point of Holy Week in Christian churches, a special season in the church calendar that began on Palm Sunday, April 1, the day that commemorates the triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem.Special events continue today as well as on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and in some congregations, on Saturday with an Easter Vigil. In some churches, sunrise services will begin the Easter Day observance followed by joyous worship celebrations that proclaim the resurrection of Jesus.Following is a partial listing of some of these events:• Maundy Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at United Church of Chapel Hill, 1321 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Good Friday Family service at noon in which the congregation processes led by the Rev. Susan Steinberg to different places in the building and on the grounds to participate in scenes from the last days of Jesus in Jerusalem. Good Friday Taize Service is at 7:30 p.m., organized around congregational singing from the liturgies of the Taize Christian Community. • Grace Church, 200 Sage Road, will feature four special services at 8, 9:30, 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. An Easter egg hunt for children with 10,000 eggs hidden will take place during each of the four services. The egg hunt is free and open to the community.• The Church of the Holy Trinity Chatham that shares space with Evergreen United Methodist, 11098 U.S. 15-501 North, will have Morning Prayer at 7 a.m. and an evening service at 6 p.m. on Maundy Thursday. The Good Friday service is at 6:30 p.m. and the Easter Vigil on Saturday is at 6:30 p.m. Easter Sunday worship is at 9 a.m.• Holy Thursday service at University United Methodist, 150 E. Franklin St., is at 2 and 7:30 p.m. and will include washing of feet, Holy Communion and stripping and shrouding the altar. Special music by the Chancel Choir. The Good Friday “Adagio” worship service is at 7:30 p.m. with an orchestra of violins, violas, cellos and bass providing meditative music. Readings from the passion story will be interspersed with the music. Egg hunt on Saturday at 11 a.m. will have refreshments and fellowship afterward. Easter Sunday will begin with the sunrise service at 6:30 a.m. in the courtyard in front of the church. Two identical services at 8:30 and 10:55 a.m. will include Holy Communion, sermon by the Rev. Carl King, the sounds of trumpets and timpani and a singing of Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus.”• The Holy Week schedule at St. Benedict’s Anglican Church, 870 Weaver Dairy Road, includes Maundy Thursday service at 7 p.m.; Good Friday services at noon and 6 p.m.; and Holy Saturday, Easter Even, service at 5 p.m.. Easter Sunday begins with Morning Prayer at 8:30 a.m. followed by Holy Communion at 10 a.m.• Newhope Church, 7619 Fayetteville Road in Durham, will have Maundy Thursday Holy Communion at the Central Campus at 7 p.m. Good Friday services at 6, 7:30 and 9 p.m. Sunrise service on Easter Sunday at 6:45 a.m. in the parking lot area at Central Campus and. Easter worship celebrations at 8:15, 10:10, noon and 2 p.m. Last Sunday when Newhope began its Holy Week observance, Pastor Benji Kelley baptized 150 candidates for baptism in the outdoor baptismal font in front of the church.Community sederFlying matzahs, leaping frogs and the staff of Moses will be part of the Community Passover Seder celebration on Friday and Saturday, April 6-7, at 7 p.m. at the Franklin Hotel, 311 W. Franklin St.The Passover Seder is no ordinary meal, but incorporates 15 multi-sensory steps that reach deep into the human psyche in every way possible and all at once, says Rabbi Zalman of Chabad of Durham/Chapel Hill and Duke University.The theme is “The Unbroken Chain of Jewish Existence.” Participants will go through the liberation of their ancestors from Egyptian bondage as well as getting a grip on the Seder’s relevance to today’s Jew.Included in the Seder will be the traditional hand baked Shmura Matzoh and four cups of wine as well as an exquisite five course Passover meal. Tickets are$28. Contact Rabbi Zalman at email@example.com.Humanistic sederThe annual Humanistic Haggadah Passover Seder community service by Kol Haskalah will be held on Saturday, April , at 4:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall at Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 4907 Garrett Road in Durham.Participants are asked to bring a non-chametz dish with serving piece, enough to serve eight or more. Chicken, sacramental wine and cold drinks will be provided.Buddhist wisdomKosala Buddhist Center, 711 E. Rosemary St., is offering a workshop Saturday, April 14, from 10 a.m. to noon.Teacher David Rademacher will help participants explore ideas that can change how they understand and approach problems.Buddhist wisdom can lead to deeper knowledge of how we create and can eliminate all of our own problems, this teacher believes. The workshop will include a discourse from traditional Buddhist sources and a meditation.All levels are welcome. Regular tickets are $20 and those for students and seniors are $12.