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Holy Week Services in Aurora

Churches Celebrating Palm Sunday and Holy Week in Aurora

AURORA, Ill., April 18, 2019 — Numerous churches in Aurora opened Holy Week Sunday by waving palm fronds to recall Jesus entrance to Jerusalem.
The following two churches are an example of the Holy Week services in Aurora offered this week by Protestant and Catholic churches. Orthodox churches will observe Easter on April 28.
Flowing Forth UMC
Rev. Derek Rogers, Flowing Forth pastor, said palm branches symbolized victory in the Roman Empire. Crowds welcomed Jesusby laying palm branches on the path as Jesus rode into Jerusalem, which can now be seen as symbolic of his victory over death.
Rev. Rogers said Holy Week at Flowing Forth continues with:
  • Maundy Thursday, April 18, a 7 p.m. service will remember Jesus’ last supper.
  • Good Friday, April 19, a 7 p.m. service will recall Jesus’ crucifixion.
  • Easter Sunday, April 21, a 10 a.m. service will celebrate Jesus’ resurrection.
The church meets at Aurora Christian School, 2255 Sullivan Rd. in Aurora. The public is invited. Admission and parking are free. Refreshments and fellowship precede worship services.
Holy Week in Aurora

Matt Erion of Batavia waves a palm frond during a Palm Sunday service on April 14 to open Holy Week at Flowing Forth United Methodist Church in Aurora. To close the service, congregants placed palms at the foot of a cross. (Al Benson photo)

Call Flowing Forth UMC at l (630) 239-2321 for more information or visit
First Presbyterian Church
  • Holy Week Breakfast, April 15 – 17, 6 & 9 a.m. Topic: A Growing Appreciation of the Cross of Christ The morning teacher was Rev. Ben Ruyack.  This event is concluded.
  • Maundy Thursday, April 18 | 7 p.m. A Service of Towel and Table. Come to the Upper Room where Jesus shared the Passover meal with his friends and showed them the full extent of His love giving them the “New Commandment.” Communion and Footwashing was observed. Nursery care was provided during the teaching time. This event is concluded.
  • Good Friday, April 19 | 7 p.m. A Service of Darkness. Enter into the pain and passion of Jesus as he suffers and dies in our place. This contemplative service, filled with music, scripture, and observance of the Lord’s Table in silence will focus on the Passion of Christ. Nursery care provided during the teaching time.
  • Prayer Vigil, April 19 – April 21 | Richardson Chapel This year FPC is adding an element to our Holy Week observances with a Prayer Vigil that runs from the conclusion of the Good Friday Worship Service to the Easter Sunrise Service. A vigil is a special time to watch and pray in the hope of the Resurrection of Jesus. Participants will have the opportunity to sign up to pray at one-hour increments. The vigil will take place mainly in Richardson Chapel, though an at-home option is available. Look for the sign up in Murray Commons in the weeks to come. Contact Olivia Albert at 630-585-0711 with any questions. 
  • Holy Saturday, April 20 | 10:30 a.m.  The Family Service is a short 30-minute service that retells the story of Scripture and concludes with sharing a special dessert together in anticipation of Easter morning.  This 10:30 a.m. vigil will be held at the home of Casey and Katie Hartman. Families are also encouraged to attend the regular Holy Saturday service.
  • Holy Saturday, April 20 | 7 p.m. A Service of Expectation. This new worship service will remember the coming of the Light of Christ into the world and recount God’s saving deeds in history as found in the Old Testament.

  • Resurrection Sunday, April 21 | 6:30 a.m. Sunrise Service at 6:30 am in McCarty Park (Galena and 4th Street). Join us for an informal gathering of Christians from many different churches in our area as we rise early to praise our risen Jesus.

  • Resurrection Sunday, April 21 | 8 & 10:30 a.m. A Service of Triumph at 8:00 and 10:30 am. Celebrate the glory of the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ as He has triumphed over death and sin forever! The Worship Band and Choir, Brass, Strings, Winds, and Percussion will lead us in our joyful celebration of the Risen One. Communion will be celebrated!

Holy Week at FPC

Maundy Thursday at FIrst Presbyterian Church – Aurora.

First Presbyterian Church is located at 325 E. Downer Pl., Aurora. For more information call (630) 844-0050 or visit .

Contributing Al Benson

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John Ross on Saturday, April 23, 2016 launched XPian News, a part of  Daybreak Communications, Inc. Ross is the facilitator of Aurora Christian Ministry Network (ACMN) and a member of the Fox Valley Christian Ministerial Alliance (FVCMA). He serves on the boards of Wayside Cross Ministries and the Kiwanis Club of Aurora. As a follower of Jesus, he has been for some 40 years a member of First Presbyterian Church - Aurora. He has an M.A. - Christian Leadership from Wheaton College Graduate School and undergraduate at Trinity International University.

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