Church holding Easter services

WEIRTON – The Sacred Heart of Mary Church will celebrate several services during Holy Week and the Easter season at the church located at 200 Preston Ave.

The church will celebrate Around the Cross, a Lenten devotion in the ecumenical Taize tradition, at 7 p.m. Friday. It incorporates scripture, simple and repetitive chanting, silent meditation and intercessory prayer, inviting all to contemplate the loving and redemptive act of Jesus Christ through his cross.

The Taize community was founded in 1940 in Taize, France as a place where divided Christians and separated peoples could worship together. In that spirit, Christians of all faiths are encouraged to join the congregation for this time of meditative prayer.

The church will hold a Tenebrae service, a traditional monastic Holy Week devotion, at 8 p.m. Wednesday. This devotion, known as “Darkness Fell,” is a meditation on the last seven phrases Christ spoke during his passion and death. All are welcome to join the congregation for this time of prayer and reflection.

The church will hold a Divine Mercy Sunday service from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. April 27. This devotion is held on the second Sunday of the Easter Season, by directive of Pope John Paul II. It will include hymns, readings, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, individual confessions and the Divine Mercy Chaplet written by St. Faustina of Poland. All are welcome to join the congregation for this time of prayer and “thanksgiving for the goodness God has shown to man” through Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection.