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City’s English-oriented churches announce worship, film, music and egg hunt for Holy Week & Easter

The English congregation at St. John Cristosomo Roman Catholic church is led by Padre Miguel in English and boasts a renowned choir, the 10-member, a cappella vocal group Cantabile, directed by Jesus Chavez. Cantabile sings every Sunday at the English Mass.

St. John Cristosomo celebrates Palm Sunday with a traditional palm procession at its 11 a.m. Mass, Sunday, April 13. 

Easter will be also celebrated at the regular 11 a.m. Mass April 20 featuring Easter music by Cantabile.

Worshippers are always invited for coffee and doughnuts after Mass.

The church is near Sears in the Grand Plaza shopping center at Vallarta and Lazaro Cardenas Avenues.

St. Mark’s Anglican

Pastor Jim Priddy announced that everyone is invited to St. Mark’s Anglican church for holy season services. At noon Palm Sunday, April 13, a palm procession in St. Mark’s garden, with the choir and participants singing “All Glory, Laud and Honor,” is followed by a bilingual Mass to mark the start of Holy Week.   

On April 17, bilingual Maundy Thursday services begin at 6:30 p.m. with St. Mark’s choir singing moving favorites such as Bach’s “O Sacred Head Sore Wounded.” and the Afro-American spiritual, “Were You There When They Crucified My Lord?” The service focuses on “the sacrament of Christ’s body and blood, as it was on this night when he initiated the Lord’s Supper,” said Priddy.

April 18, Good Friday is commemorated at noon with Spanish readings and communion.

Easter Sunday, St. Mark’s celebrates in a big way with a solemn English Mass at 10:30 a.m. The 15-member choir with regular and invited singers directed by Debra Rodriguez will sing Vivaldi’s “Gloria” and Easter hymns such as Bach’s arrangement of Martin Luther’s lyrics, “Christ Jesus Lay in Death’s Strong Bands,” capped by Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus,” all accompanied by the renowned Ana Silvia Guerrero on organ. 

For children, the highlight will be an Easter egg hunt in the garden at 11:30. “We invite you to come for this Easter tradition,” said Pastor James Priddy. A Mass in Spanish follows at 1 p.m.

Two-minute drive north of Plaza Mexico, on corner of Aztecas and Chichimecas in Colonia Monraz. End of bus route 33-A. (33) 3641-6620.

All Saints Lutheran

All Saints Lutheran church, a mostly Spanish-language institution with many English-speaking members, celebrates Holy Week with its new pastor Carlos Catalan at the helm. 

On Palm Sunday, April 13, a service in Spanish will be held at the normal time, 11 a.m.

The church’s Good Friday service is at 6 p.m., followed by a viewing of the movie “The Passion of the Christ,” a 2004 film detailing the final hours and crucifixion of Jesus, directed by Mel Gibson. Refreshments will be served. 

On Easter Sunday, April 20, the church will again hold a Spanish service at 11 a.m. 

“Bilingual people or English speakers who want to improve their Spanish are more than welcome. We have people who speak English at the services,” said one member, noting that Rev. Catalan is a Mexican who has lived in the United States.

Avenida Tepeyac at Prado de los Pinos (5 blocks east of Patria and UNIVA university), served by bus route 51-B. (33) 3121-6741.

English Fellowship

Pastor Ray De Lange said that English Fellowship of Guadalajara will have worship and fellowship on Good Friday, April 18, at 7 p.m. in his home. For details, phone 044-331-445-4779.

For Easter Sunday, the group will worship, with communion, at their normal time and location, 6 p.m., at 5184 Gabrielle d’ Annunzio. English Fellowship’s band (guitar, keyboard, drums and vocals) will lead worshippers in contemporary, sacred music.

English Fellowship is an offshoot of Rey de Reyes Presbyterian church.

English Fellowship of Guadalajara, Gabriel d’Annunzio 5184, 1 1/2 blocks NW of Patria and Vallarta.

Christ the Redeemer

Pastor Larry Trotter announced that the Bugambilias area Christ the Redeemer Presbyterian Church will have Good Friday worship in Spanish at 7 p.m. March 18. The service is based on the last seven sayings of Jesus on the cross. 

“There will be seven mini-sermons,” said Paul Fisher, a musician at the church. “It’s interesting to reflect on Christ’s sacrifice in his final moments.”

The English group at the church holds its usual English service at 9:30 a.m. on Easter Sunday with the church’s contemporary ensemble (guitar, piano, bass and drums) leading the congregation in songs. 

There is a potluck brunch afterwards at 11 a.m. before the Spanish service begins. Everyone is welcome, said Trotter.

Callejon del Iris 45 off Cto. De Las Flores N., Colonia Bugambilias on the south edge of the metro area. (33) 3684-5448. 

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