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On Faith: Durham Churches come together for special services

The 7 p.m. Maundy Thursday worship service at First Presbyterian Church, 305 E. Main St. in downtown, will include Holy Communion commemorating Jesus’ last supper with his disciples.

Before the service, a light meal will be served at 6:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall.

The church will mark Good Friday with worship beginning at noon and including Stations of the Cross, a family-friendly spiritual pilgrimage in downtown with meditation on Passion Week texts.

This service, which First Presbyterian and St. Philip’s Episcopal Church have held for many years as a joint project, will begin at St. Philip’s, 403 E. Main St., and end at First Presbyterian.

Two services are set for Easter Sunday. The first at 9 a.m. will be a brief event with Holy Communion in the Memorial Garden at back of the church.

The second at 11 a.m., also including celebration of Holy Communion, will be in the sanctuary.

The One Great Hour of Sharing offering will be received during worship. This offering will be used to provide relief to those affected by natural disasters, provide food to the hungry and assist in helping to empower the poor and oppressed through Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, Presbyterian Hunger Program and the Self-Development of People under the auspices of the church.

All are invited to join the spiritual pilgrimage taking participants to specified spots in downtown and to the worship services at the church on Sunday.

Joint services

St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church, 1902 W. Main St., will join with the Episcopal Center at Duke University in offering special Holy Week and Easter services.

Morning prayer at 7:30 a.m. and evening prayer at 5:30 p.m. are offered Monday through Friday.

The 6 p.m. Maundy Thursday service will include Holy Eucharist with foot washing and an Agape meal in the parish hall.

On Good Friday, Stations of the Cross will begin at noon with Good Friday liturgy at 6 p.m.

Holy Saturday will include the 10:30 a.m. liturgy and a 6:30 p.m. Easter Vigil.

The 10:30 a.m. Easter Sunday service will include Holy Eucharist.

Holy Cross schedule

Holy Cross Catholic Church, 2438 S. Alston Ave., has announced its schedule for Holy Week:

▪ Palm Sunday liturgy, 10 a.m.

▪ Holy Thursday liturgy, 7 p.m.

▪ Good Friday service, 3 p.m.

▪ Easter Vigil liturgy, Saturday at 8 p.m.

▪ Easter Sunday liturgy at 10 a.m.

Joint worship

The congregations of Emmanuel AME and St. Joseph AME churches will worship together at 6:30 p.m. on Maundy Thursday. The service will be held at Emmanuel AMEC, 2018 Riddle Road.

The Rev. Ronald L. Owens, pastor of St. Joseph, will bring the message.

All are welcome.

‘Introduction to Grief’

Growing Thru Grief, a local coalition of Triangle-area Christian churches and supporting organizations, is offering a six-week “Introduction to Grief” series at its regular grief support gatherings from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays from April 7-May 12 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 1200 W. Cornwallis Road.

This program includes core education on the grief process and small group discussion. The Rev. Heidi Gessner, UNC Hospital’s Palliative Care Chaplain and Bereavement Coordinator, will lead the six-week program.

The program begins at 4:30 p.m. but participants are invited to come at 4 p.m. for refreshments.

All are welcome.

From Dachau to Durham

A memorial sculpture commissioned to mark the site of the burial of ashes from victims of the Dachau concentration camp will be unveiled on Sunday, April 26, in the Durham Hebrew Cemetery.

The sculpture by noted local sculptor Mike Roig was commissioned by the Center for Holocaust, Genocide and Human Rights Education and two local synagogues: Beth El Synagogue of Durham and Kehillah Synagogue of Chapel Hill.

The ashes were given to a United States Army soldier at the time of the camp’s liberation. They were hidden away in a drawer for nearly 70 years and came to light in 2013 when the son of the soldier wanted to find a dignified burial for the remains.

In an emotional service in May of 2014, attended by Holocaust survivors, World War II refugees, veterans and liberators and hundreds of people from local communities, the ashes were interred in the Durham Hebrew Cemetery.

The sculptor’s striking memorial is in the shape of a kinetic, eternal flame in which visitors can see their reflections. The base of the sculpture is in the shape of a bridge, arching over and protecting the burial site. On one leg of the bridge the Hebrew and English words for “Remember” (Zachor) will be inscribed. On the other leg will be a quote from Leviticus: “Do Not Stand Idly By.”

This inscription was chosen so visitors will not only reflect on the horrors of the Holocaust but also learn from the past and act to prevent such atrocities from happening again. A historical marker will hang beside the sculpture. The marker will explain the remarkable journey of the ashes, from Dachau to Durham. Nowhere else in the United States are ashes from WWII concentration camps buried, according to the center.

The Durham Hebrew Cemetery is located across the street from 840 Kent St. The public is invited to the unveiling that will take place at 3 p.m., rain or shine. The date was chosen to take place during Holocaust Remembrance Month and within a year after burial, according to Jewish tradition.

Contact Flo Johnston at fjohnston314@gmail.com or call 910-361-4135.