Lake County churches observe Holy Week, Easter

LAKE COUNTY — With several Easter egg hunts and lots of candy and treats for the little ones in Lake County, area churches also opened their doors for services of worship and reflection in observance of Holy Week and Easter Sunday.

On Easter Sunday, Lake Fellowship Ministries, (comprising of several churches in the county which come together for ecumenical worship and community outreach), hosted a sunrise service at Baldwin Congregational Church. The service took place at 7 a.m., in accordance with the celebration of the account in scripture where early in the morning following the death of Jesus, the tomb was found empty. 

Throughout the week leading up to Easter, churches observed Palm Sunday, where palms were distributed to parishioners, honoring when Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey. 

During Holy Thursday, Fr. Matt Barnum celebrated at St. Ann, with a traditional feet-washing, as Jesus did with the disciples during the Last Supper before His crucifixion. 

A Good Friday service at St. Ignatius in Luther focused on the death of Jesus on the cross, and parishioners were asked to give adoration to the cross. 

An Easter Vigil took place at St. Bernard in Irons at 9 p.m. Saturday, in Catholic observance of the resurrection of Jesus. A fire is lit outside and the paschal candle is blessed and lit, a symbol of the “Light of Christ.” 

As the candle was carried through the darkened church, small candles given to those in attendance were gradually lit from the paschal candle, representing darkness decreased. Also during the service, Catholics renewed their baptismal vows.