• Sunset Solar Halo at Keys View of Joshua Tree National Park (Photo - en.wikipedia.org).

      Sunset Solar Halo at Keys View of Joshua Tree National Park (Photo – en.wikipedia.org).

      If worship is the center of your life, then from that center we help you put your faith into action.

      By Kelly Quednau

      Here are Good Friday and Easter services for the Greater Pasadena area.

      – All Saints Church

      All Saints Church (Photo - jameswalkermusic.com).

      All Saints Church (Photo – jameswalkermusic.com).

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      Good Friday, March 30

      Noon to 3 p.m.: Three-Hour Service (Church) This service commemorating the passion and death of Jesus is a major moment in Holy Week. Mike Kinman and members of the staff offer five meditations on the meaning of the crucifixion in our own time. Each meditation is part of a fabric of worship and reflection that includes hymns, scripture, prayers and silence. Canterbury and Coventry choirs offer spirituals and music of Mozart, Barrett, Goss, Tchaikovsky, Lotti, Bach, Handel, Bruckner, Carillo and Britten. Parking is available at Plaza Las Fuentes. Signs and parking attendants will direct you.

      6 p.m.: Stations of the Cross. (Quad Lawn) Journey through Pasadena, recreating events that led to Jesus’ death, reflecting and praying at each station. We journey through Pasadena and recreate events that encompassed Jesus’ journey carrying his cross from the Hall of Pilate where he was condemned to death to the site of his execution on Golgotha, reflecting, and praying at each station. Bilingual Spanish/English service.

      7:30 p.m.: Tenebrae: God in the Darkness (Church) This ancient candlelight service commemorates the somber in-between-time of waiting, offering an opportunity to grieve Jesus’ death and sense a glimmer of hope of the resurrection. Coventry Choir Renaissance Singers offer music of Aneiro, Byrd, Gesualdo and Tchaikovsky. Parking is available at Plaza Las Fuentes.

      Holy Saturday, March 31

      4 p.m.: Children’s Easter Vigil (Church) Celebrate the conclusion of Holy Week and beginning of Easter with children leading this service through reading and music with infant and child baptisms. Troubadours offer music. Bring a bell to ring at the Easter proclamation!

      7:30 p.m.: The Great Easter Vigil (Church) The service begins at 7:30 p.m. in the street with the kindling of the fire and lighting of the Paschal candle, then proceeds into the Church to experience the stories of our faith and to baptize adults by candlelight. Bring bells to ring during the Gloria. The journey continues into the Church to welcome new members into All Saints, and celebrate the first Eucharist of Easter. Canterbury Chamber Singers offer music of Billings. Note: Incense will be used at this service. Parking is available in the Plaza Las Fuentes.

      Easter, Sunday April 1

      Mike Kinman will preach at 7:00, 9:00 and 11:15 a.m.; and at the 1:00 p.m. bilingual Spanish/English service.

      7:00 and 9:00 a.m.: Coventry Choir & Brass and Percussion ensemble offer Gloria, Sanctus, Benedictus from Missa Festiva by Peeters, Worthy Is the Lamb that was Slain from Messiah by Handel, and At the Round Earth’s Imagined Corners by Spencer.

      11:15 a.m.: Canterbury Choir & Brass and Percussion ensemble offer Gloria, Sanctus/Benedictus from Mass by Cunliffe, Hallelujah from Christ on the Mount of Olives by Beethoven and At the Round Earth’s Imagined Corners by Spencer.

      9:00 & 11:15 a.m.: Trouvères offer Praise His Holy Name by Hampton.

      1:00 p.m.: Bilingual Spanish/English service music will be offered by Dan Cole and the 1 PM Ensemble.

      Welcome Coffees are held for visitors after both the 9:00 and 11:15 a.m. services in the Rector’s Office, across the quad lawn from the sanctuary.

      > Normal Sunday parking is available in Kaiser and Plaza Las Fuentes—remember, the Plaza is free only until 1 p.m.


      – Pasadena Foursquare Church

      Embrace: An Interactive Art Experience

      Good Friday, March 30

      10:00 a.m. – 8: 00 p.m.: Stations of the Cross & Labyrinth Prayer Walk

      Easter Sunday, April 1

      10:00 a.m.: Kid’s Church Celebration: Pre-School-5th Grade.


      – St. Andrew Catholic Church

      St. Andrew Catholic Church i Pasadena (Photo - saintandrewpasadena.org).

      St. Andrew Catholic Church i Pasadena (Photo – saintandrewpasadena.org).

      Good Friday, April 30

      8:15 am: Triduum: Liturgy of the Hours

      12:00 pm: Good Friday Service, Stations of the Cross & The Seven Last Words

      4:00 to 6:00 pm: Holy Burial Procession & Service

      7:00 pm: Good Friday Spanish Liturgy with Live Passion Play

      Holy Saturday, March 31

      8:15 am: Triduum: Liturgy of the Hours

      12:00 pm: Blessing of the Animals in school parking lot

      7:00 pm: Easter Vigil Mass

      Easter Sunday, April 1

      4:00 am: Salubong Procession & 4:30 am: Salubong Sunrise Mass

      8:00 am; 9:30 am in Church & Hall; 12:30 pm; 5:00 pm: English Masses

      6:30 am; 11:00 am Iglesia y Salon; 2:00 pm: Spanish Masses.


      – First United Methodist Church

      First United Methodist Church in Pasadena (Photo - fumcpasadena.org).

      First United Methodist Church in Pasadena (Photo – fumcpasadena.org).

      Good Friday, March 30

      7:30 p.m.:  Jesus’ crucifixion is remembered through scripture, hymns and choral music. The Chancel Choir will offer anthems.

      Easter Sunday, April 1

      9:00 a.m.: Family Easter Breakfast
      Come early for fellowship and a light breakfast in front of the Sanctuary. Bring flowers from your garden (or the store) to put into the Flower Cross and come visit with friends and guests.

      10 a.m.: Festival Service • Sanctuary
      “Can I Get A Witness” – Rev. Sandra K. Olewine, preaching
      Celebrate the power of life over death! Anthems will be offered by choirs of children, youth and adults, The Modern Brass Quintet and handbells.

      11:15 a.m.: Easter Egg Hunt & Fellowship
      Wooden egg craft art workshop, and Easter Egg Hunt and fellowship in the Cloister follow the service.

      11:45 a.m.: Easter Sunday Dinner
      Everyone is welcome. Suggested donation: $10/person. Please sign up no later than Sunday, March 25 – contact the church office at 626.796.0157


      – Lake Avenue Church

      Lake Avenue Church in Pasadena (Photo - lakeave.org).

      Lake Avenue Church in Pasadena (Photo – lakeave.org).

      Good Friday March 30

      7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.: Good Friday Service

      A special tenebrae service led by worship team, speakers, choir, organ and orchestra who will help lead us in meditation, prayer, poetry and scripture readings – recreating the emotional and physical aspects of Christ’s suffering on the cross.

      A special kids service will be held at the same time in HH 400 (Skyroom) for Kindergarten – 5th grade. Childcare for ages birth – 4 years provided in Family LIfe Center 1st floor.

      Sunday, April 1

      9:00 a.m.:  Join us on Easter Sunday as we celebrate  and raise our voices to our risen Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ through worship, choir, orchestra and a special message from senior pastor Greg Waybright.

      11:00 a.m.: Domingo de Resurrección (Servicio en Español)
      hosted by Comunidad de las Américas, Chapel (Capilla)
      Join in celebration with worship and a special message in spanish.

      Eggs, games, crafts, chalk art and information for families will be provided.

      – Throop UU Church
      Easter at Throop UU Church

      Sunday, April 1

      10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.: Easter Communion will be shared on the back patio. Samantha Gupta and Emily Van Cise, Intern Ministers.
      11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: Celebrating the ways that Life Calls Us On through the Christian story of the grief of Good Friday through the joy of Easter morning. The choir and guest musicians will lead our music. Rev. Tera Klein preaches.

      12:00 p.m.:

      • Easter Egg Hunt for the children in the Throop Learning Garden. Found Easter Eggs will be turned in for treats and canned food for Friends in Deed. (Coordinated by Jennifer Quintana).
      • Mimosas for the adults will be served following the service! Enjoy an Easter Morning toast together!


      – Pasadena Presbyterian Church

      Pasadena Presbyterian Church (Photo - ppc.net).

      Pasadena Presbyterian Church (Photo – ppc.net).

      Good Friday, March 30

      Good Friday 21st Annual Devotional Concert

      7:30 P.M.: in the Sanctuary
      Dr. Timothy Howard conducts the Kirk Choir, Community Singers, and the Friends of Music Orchestra featuring Brahms’ Requiem and Geistliches Lied. Judith Siirila Paskowitz and Michael Daniels, soloists. Free Admision.

      Easter Sunday, April 1

      7:00 a.m.: Celebrate With Us! A multcultural, multilingual informal service on the patio (Gamble Lounge if the weather doesn’t permit) to celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord. Come with your coffee and warm clothing–all are welcome.

      10:00 a.m.: Festival Worship with glorious music by the Kirk Choir, children’s choirs, Van Etten Handbell Choir, brass, timpani and organ. The sermon “Surprised by Hope” will be preached by Rev. Ann Oglesby-Edwards. The Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper will be celebrated.


      – Oneonta, South Pasadena

      Oneonta - South Pasadena (Photo - oneonta.org).

      Oneonta – South Pasadena (Photo – oneonta.org).

      Easter Sunday, April 1

      9:30 a.m.: Traditional worship service in the sanctuary.
      10:00 a.m.: Easter brunch in the Gray Hall.
      10:45 a.m.: Egg hunt for children in the courtyard.
      11:15 a.m.: Contemporary Service in the Tower Room.


      St. Edmund Episcopal Church, San Marino

      St. Edmund Episcopal Church, San Marino (Photo - saintedmunds.org)

      St. Edmund Episcopal Church, San Marino (Photo – saintedmunds.org)

      Good Friday, March 30th

      Noon: In the Chapel
      6:00 p.m.: The Solemn Collects with Sermon. Great Vigil.
      7 p.m.: Kindling of the Pascal Fire and First Mass of Easter.

      The Feast of the Resurrection, Sunday, April 1st

      7:30 a.m.: Holy Eucharist
      10:00 a.m.: The Choir of St. Edmund’s, Organ and Brass
      Guest Trumpeters Christopher Still and James Wilt
      Music of Vivaldi, Forrest, Willan, Susato
      Festal Holy Eucharist
      (Piñatas, Dove Release and Easter Egg hunt to follow on the Close).
      Child care provided at 10 a.m., No Sunday School.


      – Church of the Angels

      Church of the Angels (Photo - Timothy Down).

      Church of the Angels (Photo – Timothy Down).

      Good Friday, March 30

      12:00 p.m.: The Passion according to St. John, the Solemn Collects for the Church and the World, and the Mass of the Pre-Sanctified.

      Saturday, March 31

      Preparing the Church, the breakfast, and the Easter Eggs, a wonderful opportunity for parishioners to enjoy one another in an atmosphere of fun and anticipation.

      Easter Day, April 1

      5:30 a.m.: Great Vigil of Easter. Liturgy of the Light, the New Fire being kindled in the Church by a young person of our parish. The wonder of this liturgy will be made palpable for us as the Resurrection window gradually fills with light as we hear the stories of God’s mighty acts to save his people. If we are lucky, by the time we get to the baptism, the sun will come over the hill, stream through the back windows, and flood the Church with light as we cry, “Alleluia, Christ is Risen!” After the Eucharist, we will emerge into the new day to Easter Eggs and our parish breakfast.

      The children in CGS will be in Church for the Exsultet then go to the atriums for their own Liturgy of the Light.

      10:15 a.m.: Festal Choral Eucharist.
      There will be childcare, Easter Eggs for the young and young at heart to hunt, and coffee hour as well.


      – First AME Church – Pasadena

      First AME Church (Photo - famepasadena.org).

      First AME Church (Photo – famepasadena.org).

      Good Friday, March 30

      12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.: Good Friday Service – Sanctuary

      Saturday, March 31

      12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.: Sunday School Easter Program – Plaza

      Saturday, April 1

      6:00 a.m.: Easter Sunrise Service – Sanctuary
      10:00 a.m.: Service – Sanctuary
      12;00 p.m.: Service – Sancturay.


      – Altadena Community Church

      Altadena Community Church (Photo - Patty Judy).

      Altadena Community Church (Photo – Patty Judy).

      Good Friday, March 30

      4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.: The church will be open for an interactive, self-guided Stations of the Cross for Good Friday. Come any time between 4:00 and 8:00 p.m. and go at your own pace. Visit 14 stations spread throughout the campus. It should take about 1 to 1.5 hours to go through the entire experience. Important to know: You begin the journey to the cross on the front lawn of the sanctuary where you pick up a black bag!

      Easter Sunday, April 1

      10:00 a.m.: Celebrate Easter with worship and our annual “Flowering of the Cross.” After service, enjoy a pot-luck brunch “Under the Arches”.


      Easter Sunrise Service at Farnsworth Park

      Farnsworth parkFor nearly fifty years, Easter worshipers have begun their Easter Sunday celebration by greeting the sun at Farnsworth Park’s amphitheater. This tradition will continue at 6 am on Sunday, April 1.

      6:00 a.m.: The sermon will be preached by Rev. Carlton D. Edwards, Founder and Pastor of Pasadena Community Christian Fellowship.

      After the event: A fellowship breakfast will be served at Altadena Baptist Church.

      – Chabad of Pasadena

      Passover (Photo - Eczebulun).

      Passover (Photo – Eczebulun).

      Enjoy an in-depth Hebrew/English Passover experience, with plenty of translation and an abundance of commentary.

      Friday Evening, March 30th

      7:00 p.m.: Passover Evening Services.
      8:00 p.m.: First Seder.

      Saturday Evening, March 31st

      7:00 p.m.: Passover Evening Services.
      8:00 p.m.: Second Seder.

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