HAMPSTEAD — The members of St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church invite you to spend Holy Week with them. From Palm Sunday to Easter is a time to focus on faith by attending different services throughout the week.
Palm Sunday: March 24, Rite I at 8:00 a.m. and Rite II at 10:15 a.m. All are invited to cut and bring local branches such as forsythia and pussy willows to be blessed for the observance of the entry to Jerusalem.
Maundy Thursday: March 28, 6:30 p.m. dinner, followed by 7:30 p.m. worship. As an annual tradition commemorating Jesus’ last supper with his disciples, St. Christopher’s hosts a family-style dinner of soup, bread and beverages at 6:30 p.m. The service follows immediately at 7:30 p.m. with the washing of feet, stripping of the altar and placement of the consecrated sacrament at the altar of repose.
Good Friday: March 29, Children’s Service at 4:30 p.m., with a later service at 7:30 p.m. St. Christopher’s continue Holy Week with a very moving service that reenacts the trial and death of Jesus using simple props and movement. This will be at 7:30 p.m. A children’s service at 4:30 will include a simple telling of the story.
Saturday Easter Vigil: March 30, 9:00 p.m. This reflective evening service begins in darkness with the lighting of the paschal candle and a procession into the darkened church.
Easter Sunday: March 31, One Service at 10:00 a.m.
St. Christopher’s is an active and growing parish, recently celebrating our “50th Year of Ministry.” Members are a diverse community of families and individuals from Hampstead, East Hampstead, Fremont, Kingston, Danville, Sandown, Atkinson, Plaistow, Salem, Methuen, Derry, Chester, Windham, and Brentwood. The Vicar is The Rev. Miriam Acevedo, D.Min. M. Div.
St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church (www.saintcs.org) is located at 187 East Road in Hampstead, right near Hampstead Hospital, and about a tenth of a mile south of Route 111, on the right.