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March 23, 2013

Christians begin Holy Week with prayers, drama and music to prepare for Easter


“Any liturgy where people are engaged instead of simply being observant makes it more real for them,” Chase Bradbury said. “People have greater ownership of the gospel story rather than seeing it as something that simply happened 2,000 years ago. It becomes personal for them and causes them to look inward and consider when we been that crowd,” Chase Bradbury said.

Holy Week Services

Palm Sunday

Sacred Hearts, 165 S. Main St., Bradford: Easter cantata, “Arise, my Love,” is performed at 3 p.m.

St. Theresa of Our Lady of Good Counsel parish, 22 Plymouth St., Methuen: “Perfect Love,” a cantata featuring monologue and music tells the Passion of Christ through Mary’s eyes, at 3 and 6 p.m.

West Parish, 129 Reservation Road, Andover: Soloist Heather Chu performs selections from Brahm’s “Requiem” with Peter Pulsifer playing the trumpet at 10 a.m.

holy Wednesday

St. David Episcopal, 231 Main St., Salem: Parishioners walk the labyrinth by candle light from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The ancient spiritual prayer tool helps faithful walk on a path leading inward to one’s spiritual self, then outward.

Holy Thursday

St. Paul’s Episcopal, 390 Main St., North Andover, 7pm Holy Eucharist service with Foot washing and Stripping of the Altar. Commemorating Jesus’ commandment to serve all people, followed by entering into the darkness of Gethsemane.

Faith Lutheran, S. Main St., Andover: The Faith Festival Choir, the Ringers of Faith bell choir and a flute soloist perform at the 7 p.m. service. After worship, the the altar will be stripped of its hangings as Jesus was deprived of honor and dignity before his crucifixion.

Good Friday

Our Lady of Good counsel School, Ames St., Lawrence: Mini retreat for children in kindergarten through sixth grade, 8:30 a.m. to noon.

St. Augustine, 43 Essex St., Andover: Residents and clergy join in praying for Andover beginning at 8:30 a.m. Clergy from Andover Baptist, Ballardvale United, Christ Church, Free Christian, St. Augustine’s, St. Roberts and South Church lead prayers for peace in the world, schools, veterans, government, elderly, fire police, churches and the town. The movie, “The Passion” will be shown and discussed at noon. A soup and bread luncheon follows.

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