Holy Week is upon us.
Many local churches will be holding Maundy Thursday or Holy Thursday services this evening. Events will continue on Good Friday, with a community service at 12 p.m. in the auditorium at Fairhaven Community, 850 S. Marseilles Ave., Upper Sandusky. The service is being put on by the Upper Sandusky Area Ministerial Association.
“It’s a gathering of local pastors and congregations celebrating Good Friday through scriptures and hymns,” said the Rev. Jim Stauffer, pastor of Trinity Evangelical United Methodist Church and president of the ministerial association. “Its a wonderful opportunity for the community to worship together in this Easter season.”
Several area churches also will be having Good Friday services in the evening.
Traditionally observed on the Friday before Easter, Good Friday is the day when Christians commemorate Jesus Christ’s suffering and death on the cross.
The Basilica and National Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation will be holding a cross walk Friday. Participants will assemble at 8:15 a.m. at OLC, 315 Clay St., Carey. The cross walk will begin at Frenchtown and end at the church.
Several Bucyrus area churches also will be conducting a cross walk across Bucyrus on Good Friday from 3 p.m. to approximately 6 p.m. A large, wooden cross will be carried from Woodlawn United Methodist Church, 1675 Hopley Ave., to Bucyrus
High School in remembrance of Jesus’ walk to the cross. The event will conclude with a Good Friday service at 7 p.m. in the high school theatre. The public is invited to attend both the cross walk and the service.
“Good Friday is a remembrance of the sacrifices Christ made for all of us and prepares us for the celebration of his resurrection on Easter Sunday,” Stauffer said.
According to the Bible, Jesus was resurrected or came back to life, three days after his death on the cross, which is celebrated on Easter Sunday.
Other local activities include a visit from the Easter Bunny at The First Citizens National Bank, 100 N. Sandusky Ave., Upper Sandusky, from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Friday.
A community Easter egg hunt will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at Trinity Evangelical UMC, 108 Malabar Drive, Upper Sandusky.
Holy Week services are a culmination of the Lenten season, in which believers commit to fasting or giving up certain luxuries during a season of soul-searching and repentance. The 40-day Lenten season ends on Easter Sunday.
Easter Sunday worship services will be held throughout the county. See page 4 in today’s Daily Chief-Union for a complete list of worship times and locations.
By CHANDA NEELY