The central focus of Christianity is Easter's Resurrection celebration. Holy Week's events allow people of faith to walk where Jesus walked and to arrive, awestruck, at His empty tomb.

Local churches ready to take that journey welcome guests for these worship hours:

Arbutus United Methodist Church, 1201 Maple Ave., 410-242-9029.

• Palm Sunday, March 24: Hosanna hours, 8:30; 9:45; and 11 a.m.


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• Holy Thursday, March 28: Communion, 7 p.m.

• The annual Arbutus Ministerium's Good Friday service, March 29: Area choirs, liturgists, interpreters and pastors present eyewitness accounts from the foot of the cross. Handicap access. Breaks built in to allow entrances or exits. Come when you can; leave when you must. Noon to 3 p.m.

• Easter Sunday, March, 31: Choral glorias at 8:30; 9:45; and 11 a.m. Trumpets' fanfare proclaims the good news.

Ascension Catholic Church, Potomac and Maple avenues, 410-242-2292.

• Palm Sunday, March 24: Masses at 8:15 and 10:30 a.m.

• Holy Thursday, March 28: Last Supper Mass at 7 p.m.

• Good Friday, March 29: 8 a.m. Prayer hour; Stations of the Cross at noon; the Lord's Passion Mass at 3 p.m.

• Easter Sunday, March 31: Alleluia Masses at 8:15 and 10:30 a.m.

Christ Deaf Church, 1040 S. Beechfield Ave., 410-242-6303 V/TTY.

• Palm Sunday, March 24: Interpreted worship at noon precedes fellowship luncheon.

• Good Friday, March 29: Deaf Choir and sign interpreters join Arbutus United Methodist Church's ecumenical service, noon to 3 p.m.

• Easter Sunday, March 31: "He is Alive" celebration at noon. Free luncheon follows.

Christ United Methodist Church, 2833 Florida Ave., 410-789-9058.

• Palm Sunday, March 24: 9 a.m triumphal worship begins.

• Holy Thursday, March 28: Last Supper Communion at 7 p.m.

• Good Friday, March 29: Stations of the Cross walk in the community at 3 p.m.

• Easter Sunday, March 31: "Sonrise Empty Tomb," 6 am. Hillcrest Park, 700 Third Ave., followed by a breakfast and 9 a.m. service.

Halethorpe-Relay United Methodist Church, 4513 Ridge Ave., 410-242-5918.

• Palm Sunday procession, March 24: at 11 a.m. Band and dancers.

• Holy Thursday drama and Communion, March 28: at 7:30 p.m.

• Good Friday, March 29: "Solemnity of Silence," 7 p.m.

• Easter Sunrise, March 31: Loudon Park Cemetery, 6:30 a.m. Light fare follows.

The Resurrection celebration is scheduled for 11 a.m.

Hope Presbyterian Church, 4748 Shelbourne Road, 410-247-4673.

• Palm Sunday, March 24: "Festival of the Palms" at 11 am.

• Holy Thursday, March 28: Last Supper Communion, 7:30 p.m.

• Easter Sunday, March 31: Carpool from church for 7 a.m. sunrise service and breakfast. An Alleluia worship in the church commences at 11 a.m.

Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church, 4414 Wilkens Ave., 410-242-0131.

• Palm Sunday, March 24: Blessing of palm at the 8 and 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Masses.

• Holy Thursday, March 28: Lord's Supper Mass at 7:30 p.m.

• Good Friday, March 29: at 3 p.m. Stations of the Cross and 7:30 p.m. Liturgy of the Lord's Passion.

• Easter Sunday, March 31: Masses at 8 and 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

Our Saviour Lutheran Church, 141 Laverne Ave., 410-239-0302.

• Palm Sunday, March 24: Procession at 9 a.m. on with Lansdowne's interfaith churches. Depart from 101 Clyde Ave. Worship at 10 a.m.

• Maundy Thursday, March 28: Service at 7 p.m.

• Good Friday, March 29: Stations of the Cross, 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.

• Easter Sunday, March 31: Resurrection worship at 10 a.m. All ages sing "He's Alive!"

St. Clement Catholic Church, 2700 Washington Ave., 410-242-1025.

• Palm Sunday, March 24: 10 a.m. reading of the Lord's Passion.

• Holy Thursday, March 28: Mass of the Lord's Supper, 7 p.m.

• Good Friday, March 29: Stations of the Cross at 3 p.m.

• Easter Sunday, March 31: Mass of the Lord's Resurrection at 10 a.m.

St. Stephen Lutheran Church, 901 Courtney Road, 410-242-0422.

• Sunday, March 24: Walk through the neighborhood, waving palms. Worship and brunch at 10 a.m.

• Holy Thursday, March 28: "The de Vinci drama" at 7:30 p.m.

• Good Friday March 29: Prayer at the cross, 7:30 p.m.

• Easter Sunday, March 31: Sunrise at Loudon Park Cemetery at 6:30 a.m. Resurrection worship at 10 a.m. with alleluias.

Violetville United Methodist Church, 3648 Coolidge Ave., 410-525-3191.

• Sunday, March 24: Wave the palms at 11 a.m.

• Holy Thursday, March 28: Foot washing at Jesus' Last Supper, 7 p.m.

• Easter Sunday, March 31: Sunrise worship at Loudon Park Cemetery at 6:30 a.m. Festival celebration of the empty tomb at 11 a.m.

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