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Area churches prepare for Easter celebration

March 25, 1997

By Chad Jackson

Lariat Reporter

Students have a number of different ways to celebrate Holy Week and area churches honor this week in numerous fashions.

Calvary Assembly of God will hold a Good Friday Service noon on Friday.

The pastor will give a short message and hold communion, said Jan Bloom, church secretary and the pastor's wife. This service will be 30 minutes for workers on lunch break, Bloom said.

Calvary will have a musical presentation at 6 p.m. on Sunday. The presentation is called 'The Whip, Hammer and Cross,' Bloom said.

Bloom said the service is a narrative beginning with the betrayal of Jesus and continuing through His resurrection. All ages are involved in the presentation, she said.

The church prepared the presentation over the last two months, Bloom said.

She said this is the third year for Calvary to present 'The Whip, Hammer and Cross.'

First Presbyterian Church will hold a service of darkness at 7:30 on Thursday.

This service involves 'stripping the church,' according to a church member who asked not to be identified.

This process involves removing all ornamentation from the church and covering the cross with a dark cloth. The church is then 'darkened' until the Sunday morning service, the member said.

The member said this church service affects her the most.

'I never had a church service that acknowledged the darkness of Christ on the cross,' she said.

First Presbyterian will also have a Good Friday service 7:30 p.m. on Friday.

St. Louis Catholic Church has Penance at 7 p.m. today, Polly Lokken, church secretary said.

Confessions will be held from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Lokken said.

There will be two Masses a day at 8 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, Lokken said.

The Mass of the Lord's Supper and the Washing of Feet will be at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Lokken said.

A holy hour of prayer and stations of the cross will be 7 to 8 on Friday morning, Lokken said. The celebration of the Lord's Passion will be at 7:30 that night.

The scripture readings and Easter Vigil Mass will be at 7 p.m. Saturday, Lokken said. Blessing of the Holy Water and the Paschal Candle will happen at the same time.

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