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Churches busy the next few days

Allyn Harvey

Churches in the Roaring Fork Valley are offering a variety of services to celebrate Passover and Easter Sunday, including an Easter Sunday Sunrise Service atop Aspen Mountain.

Celebrations and commemorations begin Wednesday with Passover, a Jewish holiday commemorating the exemption of the Israelites from the slaughter of the first born of Egypt and their liberation from slavery in Egypt. A Seder is a meal that is prepared in a way that tells the story of Passover. Seder means “order.”

Thursday is known as Maundy Thursday among Christians. Maundy originates from the Latin word for mandate, according to Liz Evans at Christ Episcopal Church in Aspen. Maundy Thursday honors Jesus’ command to “[celebrate Holy Communion] in remembrance of me.” Some congregations will reconstruct the Holy Communion on Thursday with the Agape Meal or Last Supper.

Parishioners at Christ Episcopal will place a portion of consecrated bread and wine on the Chapel altar, where it will remain overnight, until it is consumed at a brief service on Good Friday.

Good Friday comes two days before Easter Sunday, and commemorates the day Christ was crucified.

Easter Sunday commemorates Christ’s resurrection. Easter is not a set date. Instead, it falls on the first Sunday following the full moon that occurs on or after March 21. If the full moon happens to fall on a Sunday, then Easter occurs one week later.

According to Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary, the word “Easter” comes from the name of a pagan spring festival celebrated by prehistoric Germanic tribes.

The following is a list of the events scheduled for this week. Phone numbers of churches and fellowships that could not be contacted in time for this story are provided at the bottom. Aspen Aspen Chapel (0077 Meadowood Drive) – Easter Sunday Services: On top of Aspen Mountain at 8:30 a.m. (gondola opens at 7 a.m.), and at the chapel at 10:30 a.m.

Aspen Community Church-United Methodist (200 E. Bleeker Street) – Thursday Passover: Ritual and Seder Dinner (potluck) 6 p.m.; all are welcome.

Good Friday: 12-1 p.m. silent meditation and a serve-yourself communion in the sanctuary

Holy Saturday: Red Brick School Gym Sacred Labyrinth Walk, 4 p.m.

Easter Sunday Resurrection Services: 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., with a potluck breakfast and children’s Easter Egg Hunt at 9:30 a.m.

Free child care provided for all events.

Christ Episcopal Church (536 W. North Street) – Maundy Thursday: Agape Feast at 6 p.m.

Good Friday: Reception of the Blessed Sacrament at 9 a.m., Prayer Book Service 12 to 1 p.m.

Easter Sunday: Services at 8 and 10 a.m.

Christian Science Society of Aspen-Snowmass (734 W. Main) – Easter Sunday: Service at 5 p.m.

Messiah Lutheran Church (1235 Mountain View Dr.) – Maundy Thursday: Services at 5:30 p.m.

Good Friday: Service at 6 p.m.

Easter Sunday: Service at 11 a.m.

St. Mary’s Catholic Church (Main and Hunter) – Holy Thursday: Mass at 7 p.m.

Good Friday: Service at 3 p.m.

Holy Saturday: Vigil at 8:30 p.m.

Easter Sunday: Services at 7:30 a.m., 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Snowmass Village

Snowmass Chapel (5307 Owl Creek Road) – Good Friday: Mass (Catholic) at 5 p.m.

Easter Sunday: Sunrise Service at Silvertree Hotel at 7 a.m., Protestant, nondenominational service with special Easter music 9 a.m., and Catholic Mass 5 p.m. Basalt Alpine Christian Fellowship (0167 Holland Hills Road) – Easter Sunday Service: At 10 a.m.,

Basalt Bible Church (20451 Highway 82) – Passover Dinner: Thursday, 6:15 p.m.

Good Friday Service: 7 p.m.

Easter Sunday Services: 7:30 and 10:30 a.m.

Basalt Community United Methodist Church – Wednesday Lenten Study: 7 p.m.

Maundy Thursday: Supper at 6:30 with service commemorating the Last Supper;

Good Friday: Sanctuary open noon to 3 p.m., with service (Tenebrae) at 7:30 p.m.

Holy Saturday: Building is open for prayer and meditation all day.

Easter Sunday: Sunrise Worship with breakfast at 7 a.m., worship with communion at 9:30 a.m., Easter Egg Hunt at 10:30 a.m., Easter Worship with communion 11 a.m.

Christ Community Church (20351 Hwy 82) – Passover dinner: Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.

Good Friday: Service at 7 p.m. with the Mid-Valley Quartet performing.

Easter Sunday: Service at 10 a.m. with potluck and Easter Egg Hunt following.

St. Vincent’s Catholic Church (250 Midland Avenue) – Holy Thursday: Mass at 7 p.m. (Spanish language)

Good Friday: Service at 7 p.m.

Holy Saturday: Easter Vigil at 7 p.m. (Spanish)

Easter Sunday: Service at 10:30 a.m. El Jebel Church in the Valley (Blue Lake Community Center) – Easter Sunday: Service at 9 a.m. Carbondale St. Mary of the Crown (0395 White Hill Road) – Holy Thursday: Mass at 7 p.m.

Good Friday: Service at 7 p.m. (Spanish language)

Holy Saturday: Easter Vigil at 8 p.m.

Easter Sunday: Service at 8:30 a.m. Thomasville Thomasville Community United Methodist Church (24523 Frying Pan Road) – Good Friday: Lenten Study at 9:15 a.m.

Easter Sunday: Egg hunt at 12:30 p.m. and Easter Worship with Communion at 1 p.m. Other notes The Aspen Jewish Congregation, which shares the Aspen Chapel, is holding a Seder on Wednesday at Little Nell, but all the spots have been booked. Another Seder planned at the Primavera Restaurant in Basalt is also booked solid.

Churches and fellowships not listed above include: First Baptist Church, Aspen, 925-7828; Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church, Basalt, 927-4235; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Aspen, 925-7330; Alpine Resort Ministries 925-5089; Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Aspen, 925-6066; Jehovah’s Witness Aspen Congregation, 920-4723; Basalt Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 963-2693 or 963-3676.


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