Holy Week events planned around area
The Christian community of Jacksonville will observe Holy Week in several ways.
Trinity Episcopal Church will host the Ministerial Alliance of Jacksonville's annual Holy Week community services, scheduled at noon daily, Monday through Thursday.
Speakers from different area churches will address the gathering, which also will feature music and a luncheon provided by participating congregations.
The Ministerial Alliance also will host a 7 a.m. Easter Sunday sunrise service at Love's Lookout, located on U.S. 79 north of Jacksonville.
Both the local Catholic and Episcopalian churches will pray the Stations of the Cross on Good Friday, and invite the public to join in.
“When we pray the Stations, we're actually meditating on the way of the cross,” said Father Mark Kusmirek of Our Lady of Sorrows Church. “They are a living experience: You walk with Jesus through moments in his life. It's a devotion (that) focuses our attention (and because they) are inclusive, they bring all of us to offer a common prayer.”
Stations of the Cross at the Jacksonville Catholic church begin at noon, and will include the Seven Last Words of Jesus, the priest said.
The church also will air “The Passion of the Christ” 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the parish hall “to set the stage for the Triduum,” the period marked by Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday in Catholic culture, he added.
At Trinity Episcopal, suffragan Bishop Jeff Fisher of Tyler will join in the parish Good Friday devotion of noon Stations of the Cross, said Father Rob Godwin.
Contact either church office for a schedule of additional Holy Week observances.