Sunrise pageant added to schedule of Easter...

RELIGION NOTES

April 08, 1993

Sunrise pageant added to schedule of Easter services

"Chairs provided. Bring a blanket, bring a friend," read the invitations to an outdoor Easter service Sunday morning at St. John's Lutheran Church in Long Green, Baltimore County.

While Christian congregations of nearly every denomination will welcome strangers as well as members and friends to their celebrations of the resurrection of Jesus -- worship that is characterized usually by the finest church music their choirs, organists and brass ensembles can provide -- St. John's has added a traditional sunrise pageant to its schedule of Easter services.

The outdoor worship will begin at 7 a.m. at Dulaney Valley and Manor roads. It will be followed at 7:45 a.m. by an Easter breakfast. "Please join us!" the invitations tell the public.

Another outdoor service Sunday is planned by St. Stephen's Traditional Episcopal Church, which uses the 1928 Book of Common Prayer and usually worships at Brown Memorial Woodbrook Presbyterian Church, 6200 N. Charles St., Towson.

St. Stephen's "Open Air Communion" on Easter Sunday will be at 10 a.m. at the congregation's building site in the 11800 block of Mays Chapel Road, Lutherville. Information: 550-6776.

World Youth Cross:

A 16-foot-high, 300-pound cross that has been part of the Roman Catholic Church's World Youth Day activities since 1984 will be featured in Holy Week services at various locations in the Archdiocese of Baltimore beginning this evening -- Maundy Thursday -- at North Baltimore's Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, 5200 N. Charles St.

The cross has been making the rounds of cities in the United States to publicize the planned four-day visit of Pope John Paul II to Colorado Aug. 12-15 in connection with this year's international celebration of World Youth Day in Denver.

The first public display of the cross in the Baltimore archdiocese will be during today's Mass of the Lord's Supper, to be celebrated by Archbishop William H. Keeler at 7:30 p.m. in the Mary Our Queen cathedral.

Early tomorrow, Good Friday, the cross will be used during the Young Adult Vigil from midnight to 6 a.m. in the cathedral. At 7 a.m., participants in that service will leave for Hagerstown, where the cross will be displayed during Good Friday ceremonies beginning at 9 a.m. It will then be taken from Hagerstown to Cumberland for use in a 3 p.m. service.

The cross will be returned to the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen for Saturday's Easter vigil at 8 p.m. and remain there for Easter Sunday's Mass at 11 a.m.

Blacks and Jews:

Julius Lester, professor of Judaic and Near Eastern Studies at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, will deliver a public lecture titled "Blacks and Jews Together: People of Uncommon Strength" at 7:30 p.m. April 20 at Beth Tfiloh Congregation, 3300 Old Court Road, Pikesville.

Sponsored by the Women's Division of the Associated Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, the lecture is free, but reservations are required.

It is being offered in conjunction with an exhibition, "Bridges and Boundaries: African Americans and American Jews," which will be on display at various locations, including Baltimore's Jewish Historical Society museum and the Eubie Blake National Museum and Cultural Center, April 18 through June 10.

The exhibition was organized by the Jewish Museum of New York in collaboration with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Information and reservations: 727-4828.

Methodist heritage:

The Baltimore-Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church, which includes more than 700 churches in Maryland, West Virginia and the District of Columbia, will celebrate its history and the variety of the cultures represented by its congregations during Heritage Week '93 from April 18 to 25.

Among the week's many activities will be a presentation of "God's Love and Saddlebags," a play written and directed by the Rev. Edwin Ankeny, at 7 p.m. April 19 at Lovely Lane United Methodist Church, 2200 St. Paul St., Baltimore.

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