Easter, Passover Nearly Coincide This Year


By Donna Furey | LB Indy

The town’s religious institutions offer myriad services over the next two weeks marking spring rituals celebrated by different faith’s traditions.

St. Catherine of Sienna Catholic Church, 1042 Temple Terrace, will hold a Penance service at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31. A Holy Thursday service takes place at 8 a.m. on Thursday, April 2 and at 7 p.m. there will be a bilingual mass of the Lord’s Supper. On Good Friday, April 3, morning prayer begins at 8 a.m. A solemn liturgy takes place at 1 p.m. and again at 7 p.m. in English and Spanish. On Holy Saturday, April 4, the Great Easter Vigil begins at 8 p.m. Easter Sunday services are at 7:30, 9 and 11 a.m., and at 1:30 p.m. in Spanish.

The Three Trees, a drama led by the children of Laguna Beach United Methodist Church, 21632 Wesley Dr., will be presented at 10 a.m. on Palm Sunday, March 29. On Maundy Thursday, April 2, the church hosts a 6 p.m. symbolic seder meal, a reflection on the last supper. There will be a 7 p.m. service on Good Friday, April 3, and at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 4 an Easter egg hunt, open to the public, which takes place in Lang Park, 21540 Wesley Dr. On Easter Sunday the entire community is invited to attend a sunrise worship service at 6 a.m. on Main Beach. Senior Pastor Mandy Flemming will lead the service and attendees are urged to dress warmly and bring chairs, blankets and cut flowers for the cross. At 10 a.m. an Easter service takes place at the church.

A Palm Sunday service will take place at 10 a.m. on March 29 at Neighborhood Congregational Church, 340 St. Ann’s Dr. A Holy Thursday drama and workshop begins at 7 p.m. on April 2, and an Easter sunrise service will be held at 6:30 a.m. at Alta Laguna Park, 3300 Alta Laguna Blvd., April 5, in addition to the 10 a.m. service in the church sanctuary.

St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 428 Park Ave. will have two services on Sunday, April 5, at 8 and 10:30 a.m.

The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Laguna Beach will have worship service at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 5, 429 Cypress Dr.

A Passion Sunday service takes place at 8:30 and 10 a.m. on March 29 at Laguna Presbyterian Church, 415 Forest Ave. On Maundy Thursday, April 2, and Good Friday, April 3, there will be services at 7 p.m. On Easter Sunday services will be held at 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m.


Jews Mark a Different Passage

At Chabad Laguna Beach, 30804 S. Coast Highway, the first day of the week-long Passover holiday is celebrated with a seder at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 3. Reservations must be made by Friday, March 27; adult tickets are $45, children, $25. Other Passover services will be held at 10:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 4; at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 5; at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 9; at 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 10; and at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 11.


Legion Sponsors Annual Easter Egg Hunt

The veterans of Laguna Beach American Legion Post 222 and the Women’s Auxiliary will once again sponsor the annual Easter egg hunt at the Laguna Beach High School baseball field.

The hunt commences at 1 p.m. on Easter Sunday, April 5, and is open to all children under 9. The Easter Bunny will make a personal appearance about 12:30 p.m.







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