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: email@example.com
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. .
On Holy Thursday, Mass will be at 7 p.m. in English in the church and at 8:30 p.m. in Spanish in the church. Good Friday services will begin at 3 p.m. with "Way of the Cross" in English in the church and at 4 p.m. in Spanish in the church. At 7 p.m. the church will celebrate The Lord's Passion in English in the church and at 8:30 p.m. in Spanish in the church
At 8 p.m., the church will celebrate the Easter Vigil in a bilingual service in the church. Easter Sunday services will begin with mass at 8 a.m. in English in the church. A Mass in Spanish will be at 9:15 a.m. in the church, followed by Mass in Spanish at 9:30 a.m. in the school auditorium. Mass will also be celebrated at 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.
Temple Beth Am
Temple Beth Am at 5950 N. Kendall Dr. in Pinecrest, invites the community to celebrate "Shabbat Under the Canopy" with the congregation from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday.
The service will include the dedication of a handcrafted chuppah, a Mediterranean-style dinner, and conversation with author Anita Diamant and Rabbi Judith Kempler.
According to a press release from the temple, in Jewish tradition, a chuppah is a canopy under which a couple stands during their wedding ceremony. "As a gift of the heart, a dedicated group of women at Temple Beth Am have created a custom designed handcrafted chuppah. It symbolizes a home that the couple will build together, a place that is welcoming and secure."
Anita Diamant is a prizewinning journalist and author of numerous books about contemporary Jewish practice, as well as four bestselling novels, including "the Red Tent". She will be the temple's special guest, sponsored by the Dr. Morton M. Axler Speaker Series and the temple's Sisterhood. Diamant will share her thoughts and in a personal, free-form conversation hosted b by the rabbi.
A wine and cheese reception withe Diamant will be at 5 p.m., followed at 6 p.m. with the service and dinner at 7:30 p.m.
Reservations are required. The cost is $20 per person for dinner. To make your reservations call 305-667-6667, ext. 149 or go to: www.tbam.org/shabbatcanopy.
Fulford United Methodist
Fulford United Methodist Church will begin its Holy Week services at 10:45 a.m. Palm Sunday with the Chancel Choir presenting the cantata "Purchased by Love" and the children's department having its annual Easter Egg Hunt at the same time.
On Holy Thursday, the church will have a "Christian Seder Service," at 7 p.m. in the fellowship hall. At noon on Good Friday the community is invited to hear the seven last words that Jesus spoke from the cross.
At 10 a.m. Saturday, a Holy Baptism service will be at 10 a.m. and at 9 and 10:45 a.m. on Easter Sunday, the church will celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus. Everyone is welcome to attend all services.
Church of God Tabernacle
Elder Oliver Gross will celebrate his preaching anniversary during the 10 a.m. Palm Sunday worship service at The Church of God Tabernacle, 1351 NW 67th St. in Liberty City.
Gross, a community activist as well as a minister, will share his personal testimony, of how the Lord gave him victory over a life of drug addiction and alcohol abuse. He likes to say that he never had to go through the 10-step program to rid himself of substance abuse. "All I had to do was to take one step to the Lord, and He did the rest," Gross has said.
Everyone is welcome to come out and hear Gross' encouraging testimony. It is sure to touch your heart.