Saint Paul’s Church, 22 E. Chestnut Hill Ave., will open the church and its peace labyrinth on Good Friday, April 3, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. so that all who wish can walk the stations of the cross superimposed upon the labyrinth itself. Walking the labyrinth is following in the footsteps of Jesus on a Via Dolorosa until at the center his body is laid in the new tomb.
When the walkers reach the center and turn around they begin a brand new path. That is the promise of resurrection. Numbers on the labyrinth mark the place of each station. A booklet of meditations will guide the walker’s reflections. All are welcome.
The church will be at prayer on Good Friday from noon to 1: 30 p.m. Communion will be offered from the bread and wine consecrated the night before on Maundy Thursday at 7 p.m.
The Good Friday offering will go to the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem and the Middle East, which is still rebuilding from Israel’s Operation Protective Edge last summer. Saturday at 7 p.m. Saint Paul’s celebrates the Great Vigil of Easter. The worship begins in darkness with the lighting of the first fire and the reading of our salvation history.
Easter Sunday begins with a quiet service at 8 a.m., and Festal Choral Eucharist celebrations at 9 and 11:15 a.m. All are invited to participate.