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On Faith: Full schedule of events set for Christians’ Holy Week

Holy Week, beginning on Palm Sunday, March 29, is a special time in the life of the Christian church. To commemorate the final days of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection, University United Methodist Church, 150 E. Franklin, is offering several worship services and a cantata.

On Palm Sunday, also called Passion Sunday, both worship services at 9 and 11 a.m. will begin with loud “Hosannas” as the palm procession commemorating Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem enters the sanctuary.

Services will end with Jesus being condemned to death by Pilate and by the fickle crowd.

On Holy Thursday, also called Maundy Thursday, the church will observe the events of the Last Supper that Jesus shared with his disciples, including foot washing, Holy Communion and stripping and shrouding of the altar.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. in the chapel and at 7:30 p.m. in the sanctuary with the Chancel Choir providing music.

On Good Friday, a 7:30 p.m. service will feature “Saint Mark Passion” a cantata by Charles Wood. This powerful music is a passion play based on the Gospel of Mark, beginning with the Last Supper and concluding with the crucifixion.

Tim Baker will conduct and Alexander Anderson will accompany on the organ. David Ray is the narrator and members of the Chancel Choir will portray the angry crowds and mournful disciples.

An intimate 6:30 a.m. sunrise worship service in the courtyard Sunday will celebrate the resurrection. Those attending are invited to stay for breakfast of hot cross buns in the West Parlor.

Worship at 9 and 11 a.m. will feature Holy Communion, the Chancel and Youth choirs, the sounds of trumpets, timpani and organ and the singing of Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus.”

Chapel restoration

Last year, Duke Chapel announced it would undergo a yearlong restoration project set to begin in May.

During this time, events and services usually held in the chapel will occur elsewhere on the Duke University campus.

University worship services at 11 a.m. Sundays will be held in Baldwin Auditorium on East Campus this summer and in Page Auditorium on West Campus during the 2015-16 academic year.

Choral vespers at 5:15 p.m. Thursdays when classes are in session will take place in Goodson Chapel at the Divinity School.

Midweek prayer services at noon Wednesday when classes are in session will be held in the chapel basement.

Catholic Mass wil be held at 9 p.m. Sundays in Goodson Chapel and at noon Mondays and Wednesdays in the chapel conference room.

Christmas Eve worship on Dec. 24 will be held in Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Easter events a year from now in 2016 will be held in these locations:

▪ Maundy Thursday service, March 24, 2016, in Goodson Chapel.

▪ Good Friday services, March 25, 2016, in Page Auditorium.

▪ Easter day worship March 27, 2016, sunrise in Duke Gardens and 11 a.m. worship in Cameron Indoor stadium.

The chapel carillon will continue to be played at most of its customary times, 5 p.m. weekdays and before and after the 11 a.m. Sunday worship service.

Some events normally held in the chapel will not occur during the restoration period, including chapel organ recitals and Tuesday evening communion services.

Suzuki classes

Professor Richard Jaffe will teach three classes on the teachings of D.T. Suzuki from 6:45 to 8 p.m. April 9, April 23 and May 7 at the Zen Center of Chapel Hill, 5382 NC 86.

Suzuki was one of the founding patriarchs of American zen and an influential global Buddhist intellectual.

In this series of classes, participants will read closely several of Suzuki’s important essays, considering the context in which they were written and their relevance for Zen practice today.

Jaffe has been practicing Zen since 1973, including residential practice from 1979-1985. Since receiving his Ph.D. In Buddhist studies at Yale University in 1995, he has been teaching about Buddhism as a professor at N.C. State University and since 2001, at Duke University.

All are welcome. Go to for further information.

Contact Flo Johnston at or call 910-361-4135.