I love this time of the year. First, I have the opportunity to wish my Jewish friends a happy Passover as they celebrate the ageless story of deliverance.
Then, there is Easter, is a time of renewal and forgiveness and sharing as Christians celebrate a risen Savior. Next week, whether Jew or Gentile, you will have the opportunity to celebrate your faith at services and seders throughout the county.
Here is a list of services at churches, and Passover and seders at temples throughout Miami-Dade County:
At Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Holy Week begins with The Sunday of the Passion, known to many as Palm Sunday, with the Holy Eucharist in English at 8 and 10 a.m.; in Spanish at 12:15 p.m. and a Lenten Choral Concert at 6 p.m.
Services on March 25-27 will include Holy Eucharist at 12:10 in English; Chrism Mass and Renewal of Ordination Vows in English at noon on Tuesday only; and Lenten Mediation Service in Spanish at 7 p.m. Wednesday only. Maundy Thursday — the celebration of the Lord's Supper and Agape Meal will be at 6 p.m. in the cathedral.
The Good Friday Liturgy with music by the choir will be at noon and 7:30 p.m. Both services will be in English. The Great Vigil of Easter will be in English at 8 p.m.
The Easter celebration will be at 8 and 10 a.m. and will include a Festive Choral Eucharist in English. The Holy Eucharist in Spanish will be at 12:15 p.m. The cathedral is at 464 NE 16th St. Everyone is welcome to all services.
The Rev. John Cox, rector at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, 1301 NW 71st St. in Liberty City, invites the community to join him and members of the church for the annual Good Friday Way of the Cross procession.
"Come join us in this prayerful experience of the Passion and death of Jesus, not only as it happened 2,000 years ago, but as it happens today in the poor, the homeless, victims of violence...," Cox said.
The ecumenical service will start at the church and will proceed down NW 15th Avenue to Northwest 67th Street, going east along the northern border of Liberty Square Housing Project to Northwest 12th Avenue and back to the church. following the procession, a soup and sharing session will be in the church's M. Athalie Range Hall. Free parking is available in the lot behind Holy Redeemer School. For more information call Cox at 305-691-1701 or email him at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Temple Beth Tov-Ahavat at 6438 SW Eighth St. in West Miami will sponsor a traditional conservative seder for the first and second night of Passover at 7 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday. Rabbi Manuel Armon and Cantor Irving Resnick will officiate.
The service will include the reading of the full Hagaddah, songs and a kosher, traditional, multi-course meal. The cost is $40 per adult, per seder, or $75 per adult for both. The cost per child is $15 per seder. To reserve your space, send checks to Raquel Sandler, P.O. Box 524053, Miami , FL 33152. Please note the number and type of reservations.
Mother of Our Redeemer
The community is invited to all Holy Week services at Mother of Our Redeemer Catholic Church, 8445 NW 186th St. in Hialeah.
Palm Sunday Mass will be at 8 a.m. in the church (English); 9:15 a.m. in Spanish in the church; 9:30 a. m. in Spanish in the school auditorium; 10:45 a.m. in English in the church; 12:30 p.m. in Spanish in the church; 12:45 p.m. in Spanish in the school auditorium, and 7 p.m. in Spanish in the church. .