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Holy Week At Verona Churches


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First Congregational Church

Palm Sunday, which is this Sunday, marks the beginning of Holy Week. The procession of palms at Verona’s churches ushers in a week of special services and other opportunities to worship and prepare for Easter.

Calvary Lutheran Church will combine its traditional and contemporary services into one Palm Sunday mass at 10:45 a.m., with singing by its children’s choir. On Maundy Thursday there will be a communion service at 7:30 p.m., with a Tenebrae service on Friday at the same time. On Easter Sunday, there will be a contemporary at 8:30 a.m., Easter Breakfast at 9:30 and a traditional service at 10:45. There will also be an Easter egg hunt for its Sunday School children at 9:30.

The Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit has Palm Sunday masses at 8 and 10 a.m., and Stations of the Cross for adults on Monday and Tuesday at 7 p.m. There will be a separate Stations of the Cross for children on Good Friday at 10 a.m. Its Tenebrae Service is on Wednesday and its Good Friday service with the reading of the Passion begins at 7 p.m. Easter Sunday masses are again at 8 and 10 a.m., with an Easter egg hunt following the later service. A fuller schedule is on the church’s Web site.

At the First Congregational Church, there will be a 7 p.m. service on April 1 and a 7 p.m. service on Good Friday. Its choir and musicians will be featured at the 10 a.m. Easter Sunday service.

The Roman Catholic Our Lady of the Lake Church has a Palm Sunday vigil mass tonight at 5:30 p.m. and Sunday services 8, 10 and 12 noon. After a Tenebrae service on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., it will have multiple masses on Holy Thursday and Good Friday, including a Passion service at 3 p.m. and a Living Stations of the Cross performed by its Youth Group at 7:30 p.m. On Holy Saturday, there will be morning prayer and a blessing of Easter food at 9 a.m. and the Easter Vigil Mass at 7:30  p.m.  Its Sunday masses will be at 7:30, 9, 10:30 and noon. The complete schedule is on its Web site, along with the Catholic church’s Lenten regulations.

First Presbyterian Church

The Palm Sunday mass at First Presbyterian Church will  be at 10:15 a.m. Its Maundy Thursday service is April 1 at 6:30 p.m. First Presbyterian will have a Good Friday noontime prayer service, and its Easter Sunday “Celebration of the Resurrection” at 10:15 a.m. will feature a brass quartet and timpani.

The Verona United Methodist Church is holding its Easter egg hunt today from 10 a.m. to noon. Maundy Thursday service will be at 7 p.m., and the Good Friday service will also be at 7 p.m. On Easter Sunday there will be a 10:30 a.m. service followed by a family brunch.

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Julia Martin Langan
Julia Martin Langanhttps://myveronanj.com
Julia Martin Langan moved to Verona in 1989. A long-time journalist, she has been on the staff of Money, Sports Illustrated, Bride’s and Redbook magazines. Her articles on health and parenting appear in a variety of national publications, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Newsday, Parents, Good Housekeeping, Harper’s Bazaar, Self and Family Circle. She and her husband Greg have three school-aged children, and are members of Our Lady of the Lake Church. You can reach Julia at [email protected].


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