Downtown churches collaborate for Holy Week services

ALBANY, Ga. -- As has become a tradition in Albany, pastors from some of the city's downtown churches will join hands and preach a weeklong series of sermons to commemorate what one pastor called the "meat" of the liturgical calendar.


Joe Bellacomo

A cross outside Central Baptist Church stand against a light-blue sky as strong symbols for the Easter Sunday celebration.

This year the services will be hosted at Hines Memorial CME Church at 408 North Madison St., an honor Pastor Kenneth McMillian is happy to have.

"We're excited to have this weeklong service at our church," McMillian said. "As you know, this week is very important to Christians everywhere and it's capped off with Easter Sunday. It's really the meat of the Christian faith."

The events will start daily with a $6 lunch from 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., after which the worship service will begin. At 12:45 p.m., visitors will be dismissed, and those who didn't get a chance at lunch before the service can have another go at it.

The lineup for the services will start with Don Adams, the pastor from First United Methodist Church, preaching the sermon on Monday. The Rev. Ernest Davis of Bethel AME will preach on Tuesday. On Wednesday, Lee Lowery, the rector at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, will offer a message, followed on Thursday by the Rev. H.B. Johnson from Friendship Missionary Baptist Church.

The Rev. Garrett Andrew, the pastor at First Presbyterian Church, will round out the services on Friday.

According to Christian doctrine, Holy Week chronicles Jesus's journey into Jerusalem beginning on Palm Sunday and includes the events that ultimately led to his execution by crucifixion on Good Friday. For believers, the week ends on Easter Sunday, which commemorates Jesus' resurrection.


RedEric 2 years, 8 months ago

And after the lunch, Bishop Heard will pass around the offering plate.


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