Good Friday and Easter services 2023

Above: There are many options in town for readers looking to attend Good Friday and Easter Services. (images from 2020 Facebook videos by St. Matthew’s Father Flynn and St Mark’s Father Phil)

For many readers, Easter is about more than bunnies and baskets filled with candy. I’m sharing details below on special services the churches in town are holding today (Good Friday) through Easter Sunday.

First, almost all of the parishes promote the United Parishes of Southborough’s annual Easter Sunrise Service. That takes place at Hopkinton State Park in the marina area at 6:30 am.

Now here is the information that Southborough churches have posted about the remainder of Holy Week. (I’m listing them in alphabetical order.)

[Editor’s Note: Sorry that I forgot to share this sooner!]

Chinese Gospel Church 
(A non-denominational Christian church) (website)

Offering services both in-person and online.

    • Good Friday, April 7: 7:30 – 9:00 pm
    • Easter Sunday, April 9: 9:45 – 11:00 am

First Community Church (website)
(A Protestant church)

Our Easter Sunday 11:00 worship service, takes place in a sanctuary adorned with lilies and daffodils and includes singing the triumphant hymns of the resurrection.

Pilgrim Congregational Church
(A congregation of the United Church of Christ)

Easter Sunday, April 9:

    • 8:45 a.m. – “Bible Conversations (Kids Lounge)”
    • 10:00 a.m. – “In-Person Worship & Kids Church – Guest musicians will be joining us from New England Conservatory in a brass quartet and Jim Duncan on organ.  We will also be inviting the congregation to join in singing the Messiah’s Hallelujah Chorus at the end of service.”

The 10:00 am mass will also be livestreamed via Facebook. (You don’t need a Facebook account to watch, just click here.)

St Anne’s Church (website)
(A Catholic parish)

Good Friday, April 7:

    • 3:00 pm Stations of the Cross (youth especially invited)
    • 7:30 pm Veneration of the Cross

Holy Saturday, April 8:

    • 7:30 pm Easter Vigil Mass

Easter Sunday, April 9:

    • 8:30 am Mass
    • 10:30 am Mass
    • No evening mass.

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church (website)
(An Episcopalian church)

We hope that you’ll join us for the most solemn 8 days in Christianity—Holy Week and Easter. . .

On Good Friday we begin at 11 am with a special stations of the cross reading for kids which includes the snuffing of candles. We end with the “15th Station” of Jesus’ resurrection so kids know what is to come on Easter. At noon we do the Stations for Adults processing from station to station in our church. At 7pm, we partake in the solemn Good Friday liturgy at 7pm.

Our week concludes on the 8th day with Jesus’ mighty resurrection on Easter Day—April 9! We have services on our usual schedule of Church on the 45s!

St. Matthew’s Church (website)
(A Catholic parish)

Good Friday, April 7:

    • Stations of the Cross:
      • 11:00 am Youth Ministry
      • 12:45 pm Children
      • 3:00 pm Families
    • 7:00 pm Good Friday Service

Holy Saturday, April 8:

    • 7:00 pm Easter Vigil Mass

Easter Sunday, April 9:

    • 7:30 am Mass
    • 10:00 am Mass
    • No evening mass.

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