Churches mark Holy Week

Published: Tuesday, March 19, 2013 1:16 p.m. CDT

Triduum celebration, St. Paul's Episcopal, DeKalb

DeKALB – The community is invited to celebrate the Triduum (Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Vigil) at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 900 Normal Road in DeKalb. Services begin at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 28.

The first half of the Maundy Thursday service will take place in the parish hall, with a family-style Mediterranean meal in the spirit of the Last Supper. The service will conclude with a procession to the altar for Holy Communion.

On Good Friday, the Triduum continues with the Stations of the Cross and a reading of the Passion narrative at noon. At 6 p.m., there will be a reading of the Passion from the Gospel of John. Childcare will be available during the 6 p.m. service.

The Easter Vigil liturgy begins in darkness with song and story reminding listeners of the journey from Creation to Easter. There will be a renewal of baptismal vows and a celebration of the first Eucharist of Easter. A festive reception follows.

Children are welcome at all services, and encouraged to attend and participate. They can attend in their pajamas; bedtime snacks, blankies and stuffed animals in the pews are also welcome.

Easter Day Services will be at 8 and 10:30 a.m. An Easter egg hunt will be held after the 10:30 service. Childcare will be available for infants and toddlers during the 10:30 service. Older children should plan to join the congregation for worship. The Easter Story for Children will be told from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. in the St. Timothy Center.

Maundy Thursday, Federated Church, Sycamore

SYCAMORE – The community is invited to attend a traditional Maundy Thursday communion service at The Federated Church in Sycamore at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 28. Featured will be the cantata “Song of The Shadows” by Joseph M. Martin, performed by the chancel choir. The cantata sets the tone for the Holy Week events from Jesus’ Palm Sunday procession through his crucifixion. As the mood gets darker, so does the sanctuary, as eight candles are extinguished one by one.

The Federated Church is located at the corner of Route 64 and Greeley Street, just west of downtown. Parking is available behind the building.

Last Supper Reenactment, First Lutheran, Kirkland

KIRKLAND – First Lutheran Church of Kirkland, 510 W. South St. in Kirkland, will present a reenactment of the Last Supper as part of its Maundy Thursday services on Thursday, March 28.

Men of the congregation will portray the apostles and the Rev. Carl Rasmussen will play Jesus. A women's choir will sing five anthems during the service, which includes washing of the disciples' feet and the Last Supper. The service will include individual absolution and confession, Holy Communion and stripping of the altar.

The public is invited to attend. The service begins at 7 p.m. Call 815-522-3886 for more information.

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