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April 27, 2013

Church notes

Orthodox Holy Week

This year the Orthodox celebrate Easter on May 5. The week previous is filled with awe-inspiring services that lead from the joy of Palm Sunday to the devastation of Holy Friday to the triumph of the empty tomb.

Holy Week schedule at Annunciation Greek Church, Newburyport, is:

Today: Saturday of Lazaros, Divine Liturgy at 9 a.m.

Tomorrow: Palm Sunday, Divine Liturgy at 9:30 a.m. followed by the procession with palms for all

Tomorrow to Wednesday: Bridegroom Services at 7 p.m.

Thursday: Holy Thursday, Vesperal Liturgy of the Mystical Supper at 7:30 a.m.

Thursday: Service of the 12 Gospels (Vigil of the Passion and Death of our Lord) at 7 p.m.

Friday: Holy Friday, Royal Hours at 7:30 a.m.

Friday: Service of the Unnailing from the Cross at 3 p.m.

Friday, May 3: Service of the Lamentations at the Tomb and procession at 7:00 pm

Saturday, May 4: Holy Saturday, Vigil of Pascha Divine Liturgy at 9 a.m.

Sunday, May 5: Sunday of Pascha, Resurrection Service, Morning Prayer and Divine Liturgy beginning at midnight, followed by a festive reception

Sunday, May 5: Vespers of Agape (Love) at 11 a.m.

Spring Fest Crafter Fair today

A Spring Fest Crafter Fair with over 20 artisans and a gift basket boutique with breakfast and lunch available will be held today, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Groveland Congregational Church, 4 King St., Groveland. Admission is free. Breakfast will be served at 8 a.m.

Union Church Spaghetti Supper today

Union Congregational Church, 350 Main St., Point Shore, Amesbury (across from Alliance Park), will host a Spaghetti Supper today from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Spaghetti with homemade sauce, meatballs, bread, salad and dessert. “All you can eat!” for $7. Family $24. Take-out available for $8. Ample parking. Handicapped accessible. All welcome. 978-388-0631. www.amesburyunion.org.

Interim pastor at South Hampton Baptist Church

South Hampton Baptist Church, 10 Jewell St., welcomes the Rev. James Smith as interim pastor. Sunday service is at 10:30 a.m.

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