• 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 Marguerite Kribs

      Here are Good Friday services around Pasadena and nearby cities.


      – All Saints Church

      All Saints Church (Photo - jameswalkermusic.com).

      All Saints Church (Photo – jameswalkermusic.com).

      HOLY WEEK STREAMING | Can’t join in person? Five services streaming live here:

      Good Friday, March 25

      Noon to 3 p.m.: Good Friday three-hour service (Church).
      This service commemorating the passion and death of Jesus includes the rector and members of the clergy staff offering 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 Pinkham, Hilton, Stainer, Okuku, Poulenc, Hairston, Dvorak, Persichetti, Howells, Hogan. Parking available at Plaza Las Fuentes.

      6:00 p.m to 7:00 p.m.: Stations of the Cross – A Journey Through Pasadena (Quad Lawn)
      Begin at All Saints Church and finish at City Hall.
      Acompáñenos para las Estaciones de la Cruz. Empezaremos en Todos Los Santos y terminaremos en el City Hall.

      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 Clement, Victoria and Zuccari; Ed Bacon offers a meditation. Parking is available at Plaza Las Fuentes.

      Saturday, March 26

      4:00 p.m. Children’s Easter Vigil & Baptisms, 7:30 p.m. The Great Vigil of Easter

      Easter – Sunday, March 27

      7:00, 9:00 and 11:15 a.m.:  Ed Bacon preaches his last Easter at All Saints: I Know What It’s Like to Be Dead and Then Have New Life.

      9:00 and 11:15 a.m.: Coventry Choir & Brass and Percussion ensemble offer Gloria, Sanctus/Benedictus from Missa Brevis by Walton, with soloist Zanaida Robles, Hallelujah from Mount of Olives by Beethoven and Magdalena by Brahms.

      9:00 and 11:15 a.m.: Trouvères offer Amen by Hairston, arr. by Thrower, with soloists Lorenzo Bacani and Kenzie McCarrel accompanied by Bill Cunliffe.

      11:15 a.m.: Canterbury Choir & Brass and Percussion ensemble offer Gloria, Sanctus/Benedictus from Emmanuel Eucharist by Kelly, with soloist Elizabeth Tatum, Christ the Lord Is Risen Again by Rutter and Magdalena by Brahms.

      1:00 p.m.: Ed Bacon preaches at the Bilingual Spanish/English service.

      1:00 p.m.: Dan Cole & the 1 p.m. Ensemble offer ¡Aleluya!, Cristo resucitó by Bojos.


      – St. Andrew Catholic Church

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

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

      Good Friday, March 25

      12:00 – 3:00 p.m.: (English):
      – The Seven Last Words
      – Stations of the Cross
      = Good Friday Liturgy & Communion
      4:00 – 6:30 p.m.: Blessing & Veneration of Jesus:
      Holy Burial [Santo Entierro]
      7:00 p.m.: Spanish Liturgy & Passion Play

      Holy Saturday, March 26

      9:30 -10:30 a.m.: Confessions
      12:00 p.m.: Blessing of the Animals in the School Parking Lot
      7:00 p.m.: Easter Vigil – Trilingual Mass

      Easter – Sunday, March 27

      4:00 a.m.: Procession & Salubong Easter Dawn Mass 4:30am
      8:00 – 9:30a.m.: English Masses (both in Church and School Auditorium), 12:30 & 5:00 p.m.
      6:30 – 11:00 a.m.: Spanish Masses (both in Church and School Auditorium), 2:00pm

      *Additional parking will be available at the Operating Engineers Building, located in the front of the church for both, Palm Sunday – March 20 & Easter Sunday – March 27.


      – 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 25

      7:30 p.m.:
      This dramatic service for the most solemn day of the Christian calendar remembers the story of Jesus’ crucifixion through scripture, hymns and choral music, including soloists, instrumentalists, and the Chancel Choir offering excerpts from Bach’s St. John Passion.

      Easter – Sunday, March 27

      6:00 a.m.: Sunrise Service • Holliston UMC Garden, 1305 E. Colorado Blvd
      Greet the joy of this day among members of Scott, Altadena, St. James and Holliston UMCs as our mission area churches join together in celebrating the Resurrection Story.

      6:00 a.m.: Sunrise Service • Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills
      Rev. Olewine will preach for the community Sunrise Service outside the Hall of Liberty at Forest Lawn. The Selah Gospel Choir will bring the music. (The service will move inside the Hall in inclement weather.)

      8:50 a.m.:• Children & Family Easter Breakfast Celebration • Colorado Blvd Patio
      Children’s Sunday School will meet outside for an Easter Breakfast and craft time beginning at 8:50. Those in children’s choirs will be dismissed at 9:30 a.m. to prepare for worship.

      10:00 a.m.: Sanctuary Service • “From Idle Tale to Life-Giving Story”
      Rev. Sandra K. Olewine, preaching, Isaiah 65:17-25 and Luke 24:1-12
      Break out the Alleluias as we gather in extraordinary joy this day as we celebrate the power of life over death!
      The Chancel Choir, Sounds of the Risen Son Youth Choir, children’s choirs, and handbells are joined by the Modern Brass Quintet in this festive celebration.

      Easter Sunday Brunch • Following worship at 12:00 noon
      Plan to stay for Easter brunch in the Fellowship Hall following worship.
      (Be sure to sign up no later than Thursday, March 24 in order to ensure enough food is prepared).


      – Lake Avenue Church

      Lake Avenue Church Pasadena (Photo - patrickhouseplanet.photoshelter.com).

      Lake Avenue Church Pasadena (Photo – patrickhouseplanet.photoshelter.com).

      Good Friday 3/25

      12:00 – 2:00 p.m.: Good Friday Open Chapel
      The Chapel will be open for a time of self-led personal reflection, silent meditation and prayer.

      7:30 p.m.: Good Friday Service

      Good Friday is a special time of quiet contemplation on what Christ’s sacrifice means to you. Our service reflects this in times of meditation, communion, prayer and Scripture readings with worship team, choir, organ and orchestra.
      (Childcare will be available for children birth to 4 years in the first floor of the Maple Street Children’s Center and Elementary and Student’s programming will be available for Kindergarten through 5th Grade beginning at 7 pm. Parking and Shuttle service from Gateway Plaza available beginning at 6:30 pm.
      A Spanish-Language Service will be held at the same time in the Chapel).

      Saturday, March 26

      Services will not be held.

      Sunday, March 27

      9:00 & 11:00 a.m.: Celebration Services at the Worship Center.
      The stone is rolled away! Come and celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! Led by Choir, Orchestra and Worship Team, with a special message from Senior Pastor Greg Waybright.


      – Throop Church

      Throop Church (Photo - Buz Carter,flickr).

      Sunday, March 27

      The Sunday’s worship will kick in the “Thirty Days for the Earth” series, putting intention into shifting our behaviors and values to honor and embrace earth care. Followed by Easter Egg Hunt for the children, and mimosas of all kinds for adults!
      (Childcare is available during worship).

      8:30 – 10:30 a.m.: Throop Learning Garden and earth-based meditation
      10:00 – 11:00 a.m.: Video Discussion
      11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: Worship
      12:00 – 1:00 p.m.: Reception , Easter Egg Hunt and treat bags for the children, mimosas for adults!


      – Pasadena Presbyterian Church

      Pasadena Presbyterian Church (Photo - ppc.net).

      Pasadena Presbyterian Church (Photo – ppc.net).

      Good Friday 3/25

      7:30 p.m.: Good Friday 18th Annual Devotional Concert

      Dr. Timothy Howard conducts the Kirk Choir, Community Singers, the Pasadena Singers, and the Friends of Music Orchestra in Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace.

      Easter – Sunday, March 27

      10:00 a.m.: (in the Sanctuary)
      Festival Worship with glorious music by the Kirk Choir, Children’s Choirs, Van Etten Handbell Choir, brass and organ.  Dr. Mark Smutny will preach. 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, March 27

      9:30 a.m.: worship service with special guest preacher Rev. Dr. George Wood.
      10:45 a.m.: Egg hunt for children.
      FREE catered brunch is served to everyone all morning.


      – 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 25

      Noon & 6p.m.: Services at the Chapel

      Solemn Collects & Veneration.

      The Great Vigil, Holy Saturday, March 26

      The Kindling of the Pascal Flame on the Close and the Procession of new Fire into the Chapel for readings and the First Mass of Easter will be observed at 7pm as Holy Saturday moves into Easter celebration.

      The Feast of the Resurrection, Sunday, March 27

      10am Easter Morning will see our customary and glad Festal Holy Eucharist, Egg Hunt, Piñatas and visit from the Easter bunny. We may have to forgo our dove release, as we’ve been told the doves did not repopulate themselves sufficiently this year! Come ready to sing out and tell forth Christ’s resurrection!.

      7:30 a.m. in the Chapel:
      The Feast of the Resurrection and Festal Holy Eucharist
      10:00 a.m. in the Church
      The Choir of St. Edmund’s, Organ and Brass
      Guest Trumpeter James Wilt of the Los Angeles Philharmonic
      Music of Purcell, Forrest, Handel
      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

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