Passover and Easter Listings

Chabad of Manchester

Chabad of Manchester invites all to the Passover Seder Friday evening, March 30 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, March 31 at 7. Guests will enjoy handmade shmura matzah, 4 cups of kosher wine, a delicious meal, and insights and songs throughout. Please email for more info. RSVP is necessary as space is limited. Tickets are $36/adult, $18/child, with opportunities to sponsor available. As always, no one will be turned away due to lack of funds. No membership or affiliation needed. Visit to make reservations.

Christ Our Savior Roman Catholic Parish, Manchester

Sacrament of Penance: Thursday, March 29, following the 7 p.m. Mass of the Lord's Supper; Friday, March 30, following the 5:30 p.m. Solemn Commemoration of the Lord's Passion, Veneration of the Cross, and Holy Communion; and Saturday, March 31, following the Blessing of Easter Foods.

Palm Sunday: Mass, 8 a.m. and 10 a.m.; The Seven Last Words of Christ service, 4 p.m., a service of word, music and silence prolonging the themes of the solemn liturgy.

Holy Thursday: The Mass of the Lord's Supper, 7 p.m., Mass ends with the Transfer of the Blessed Sacrament to the Repository, and adoration.

Good Friday: 5:30 p.m. Service, Veneration of the Cross and Holy Communion, 5:30 p.m.; the seven last words of Christ, 7 p.m., a service of word, music and silence prolonging the themes of the solemn liturgy.

Holy Saturday: 11 a.m.: The Blessing of Easter Foods 11 a.m.: A brief ceremony of Polish origin; traditional Easter food items (meats, eggs, candy - yes, candy) are blessed so that the breaking of the Lenten Fast may be, not a return to ordinary eating, but a sharing in the Heavenly Banquet that Easter inaugurates.

8 p.m.: The Vigil of Easter, A service of light and a somewhat extended liturgy of the Word lead up to a joyful renewal of Baptismal promises and Holy Communion celebrated as a life-sharing with the Risen One.

Easter Sunday: Mass, 8 a.m. and 10 a.m.

More information:

Community Easter Sunrise Service

The annual Manchester Area Community Ecumenical Easter Sunrise Service will be held at 6:45 AM on Sunday, April 1, on the porch of the Dormy Grill (Union St.) overlooking the Equniox golf course. All are welcome.

The Rev. Jordan Dickinson will bring the Easter message. Following the service, coffee, cocoa and donuts will be served at the First Congregational Church vestry. The public is invited.

For information/questions, contact Rev. Jordan Dickinson, 802-867-5976.

Federated Church  of East Arlington

At 6:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 1 an Easter Sunrise Service for the whole community will take place on the east-facing hill at the Mack Headquarters located at the intersection of Route 313 and Warm Brook Road in Arlington. Immediately after the service everyone is invited to a free continental breakfast in Bailey Hall at 79 Ice Pond Road in East Arlington.

The Easter Service of Worship with a joyous Easter message from the Rev. Kathy Clark will be held at 10 a.m. at the Federated Church of East Arlington on Ice Pond Road. There will be a special time for children in the service and the Federated Church Choir, under the direction of Mary Edwards, will offer special music for the day. Items for the Arlington Food Shelf will be gathered on this Easter which is also Communion Sunday to which all are invited to the table. Following the service of worship there will be a time of fellowship and refreshment in Bailey Hall to which folks are encouraged to bring a goodie to share.

First Congregational Church, Manchester

Maundy Thursday: Tenebrae service, 7 p.m., in the Sanctuary.

Good Friday: Service, 12 p.m., in the Chapel.

Easter Sunday: 10:30 a.m. service in the Sanctuary, with Easter egg hunt to follow.

FCC is located at 3624 Main St. in Manchester Village. All are welcome. For additional information, please call the church office at 802-362-2709.

First Baptist Church

Manchester Palm Sunday: Rev. Rebecca Sommons delivers the 10:30 a.m. sermon with music from the choir.

Maundy Thursday: potluck dinner and communion, 6 p.m.

Good Friday: Rev. Rebecca Sommons delivers leads the 3:30 p.m. service with music from the choir.

Holy Saturday: Members of the Mary Martha Fellowship prepare bouquest for the Easter cross.

Easter Sunday: Service lead by Rev. Rebecca Sommons, with special music from the choir and the decoration of the Easter cross.

Israel Congregation of Manchester

Friday, March 30, 5:30 p.m. Passover Service (No preneg or dinner)

Saturday, March 31: Second Night Seder; RSVP by March 23. $18.

Second Congregational Church, Londonderry

Palm Sunday: Service at 9:30 a.m..

Maundy Thursday: Service with the First Baptist Church at 7 p.m., at the First Baptist Church on Middletown Road in South Londonderry.

Good Friday: Service at 7 p.m.

Easter Sunday: Sunrise service at 6:30 a.m. at 1005 Landgrove Rd.; Easter worship at Second Congregational at 9:30 a.m. followed by the Annual Easter Egg Hunt in the Sanctuary.

Northshire Baptist Church, Manchester

Good Friday: Service 6-7 p.m.

Easter Sunday: 9:45 p.m service at Equinox Terrace, 9:45 a.m.; Easter Sunday worship service at the church, 5769 Main St., 11-noon. A nursery is available and Children's Church is provided for ages 2-6.

For more information:, 802-362-1988.

Zion Episcopal Church, Manchester

Palm Sunday: Services at 8 and 10 a.m. to include the Liturgy of the Palms, the Passion Gospel, and Holy Eucharist.

Morning Prayer: Will be said at 9 a.m. Monday, March 26 through Friday, March 30.

Maundy Thursday: Traditional pot luck (lamb provided) supper at 5:30 p.m., with service of foot washing (optional), Holy Eucharist, and the stripping of the altar at 7 p.m.

Good Friday: Liturgy at noon.

Holy Saturday: At 7:00 p.m., Taconic Music will present Haydn's The Seven Last Words of Christ.

Easter Sunday: Services begin with a Sunrise Service at Stratton Mountain (weather permitting)—gondola loads from 6-6:15 a.m. for service at 6:30 a.m.; Services continue at Zion Church at 8 and 10 a.m. with an easter egg hunt following the 10 a.m. service.

For more information contact Zion Church at 802-362-1987. or


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