Serbian Orthodox announce Holy
Week, Easter services
Holy Resurrection Serbian Eastern Orthodox Church, 528 North Fourth St., Steubenville, will join other Christians worldwide in the observance of Holy Week this week. As sometimes happens, Orthodox and Western Christians celebrate Easter, or Pascha, on the same day this year, April 20.
On Holy Thursday the Divine Liturgy commemorating the Last Supper will be served at 10 a.m. "The very moving Matins of the Holy and Redeeming Passion of our Lord with the reading of the 12 Passion Gospels will be served at 7 p.m. that day," explained the Rev. Rade Merick. This service describes in detail and relives the Last Supper, the betrayal, the trial, the crucifixion, death and burial of Christ.
"On Great and Holy Friday another very moving and beautiful service, the Burial of Christ with the lamentations and the procession around the church with the winding-sheet depicting the burial of Christ, will take place at 7 p.m.," Merick said. The winding sheet will be placed in a "tomb" prepared in the center of the church for veneration by the faithful.
"On Great and Holy Saturday the Vesperal Divine Liturgy with Holy Communion before the Tomb of Christ will be served at 10 a.m., with the first proclamation of the resurrection and the change to bright vestments," he said.
"Again this year the services of Pascha, or Easter, will begin at 6:30 a.m. on Easter morning as a sunrise service, with the removal of the winding-sheet of Christ from the tomb and the Resurrection Matins with the candlelight procession around the church and the joyous proclamation of the resurrection," Merick explained. The Divine Liturgy of Pascha will immediately follow. Colored eggs will be blessed and distributed at the conclusion of these services, and a Paschal agape brunch will be shared.
The celebration of the resurrection will continue on Bright Monday and Tuesday, April 21 and 22, with the Paschal Divine Liturgy at 10 a.m.
The public is invited to all services.
Richmond Legion meeting changed
The Richmond American Legion Post 740 Honored Seven will meet at 7 p.m. on April 24 at the Legion hall.
Normally the meetings are held on the third Thursday of the month, but April's has been changed because it falls on Maundy Thursday.
Unionport services are detailed
Unionport Christian Church will host a Good Friday service at 6 p.m. Friday.
The Christian Church and Unionport United Methodist Church will unite for a sunrise service at 7 a.m. Easter Sunday at the Unionport UMC. A breakfast will follow. Each church will have its own regular Sunday school and worship service on Easter Sunday also. Jeremiah Kuttler is pastor of the Unionport Christian Church, and the Rev. Chuck Mehl is pastor at Unionport UMC.
Weirton Shriners plan fundraiser
The Weirton Shriners will hold a pancake breakfast from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday at the Northern Panhandle Shrine Club, located on Cove Road near the State Highway Garage, Weirton. The menu includes all-you-can-eat pancakes, eggs, sausage, coffee and orange juice. The cost is $6 for adults, $3 for children 12 and under and free for children under 6.
Final Lenten luncheon at Zion United
Zion United Church of Christ, 139 N. Fifth St., Steubenville, will host its final Lenten season luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today. The menu will feature beef stew with biscuits, $2; pierogies, $2; cole slaw, $1; Jell-o salad, $1; choice of dessert, $1; chips, 50 cents; and beverage, 50 cents.
Special services at Harmony UMC
Holy week events at Harmony United Methodist Church, 2119 Commercial Ave., Mingo Junction, have been set. They include:
Line dancing on Monday at center
An opportunity to learn line dancing and get exercise at the same time will be offered Monday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center, 905 Market St., Steubenville.
Asantewa Anyabwile will be the instructor. The event is sponsored by Urban Mission Ministries/Neighborhood Community Development Center and is funded by the Ohio Commission on Minority Health.