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Palm Sunday Begins Holy Week; 10K Race Rolls Through Plainview

The major Christian holiday coincides with a 10K road race that could draw 800 runners.

Today is Palm Sunday, the beginning of Holy Week that Christians commemorate as the day of the triumphant entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem before his death at the hands of Roman authorities.

Plainview Christian churches all have major services today known for the distribution of blessed palms and the longest Gospel reading of the liturgical calendar. (This year, it is from the Gospel of St. Mark, chapters 14-15.)

If you are heading to church at or this morning, you may want to leave extra time. Getting up Washington Avenue may be difficult from Manetto Hill Road, particularly for the 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. services scheduled at St. Pius.

Some 800 runners are expected in the vicinity of for the 9 a.m. start of the The race also concludes at Mattlin, and should be completed by noon.

All this week, Patch will be running stories about Holy Week and will include special services and events at local churches.

For example, The Young Vincentians, (see attached photo) an offshoot of the service organization known as the St. Vincent DePaul Society at St. Pius X,  read meditations on the Stations of the Cross Friday. The story tells of the last 12 hours of Christ’s crucifixion, death and resurrection.

This coming Good Friday at 7:30 p.m. the St. Pius X Knights of Columbus will read the meditations. Immediately following will be the Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.

We want to include your Holy Week special events. Send them to joe.dowd@patch.com and we'll get them in. Also, you can sign in as a user and get your events listed in our calendar. It's simple and interactive.

Simba April 01, 2012 at 10:45 AM
Was it really necessary to have this race on the same day of a Major Christian Holiday !!! Especially having road closures when Christians are trying to get to Church. I would doubt if they would do this on Jewish holiday.
Gone April 01, 2012 at 01:30 PM
I wonder what they have planned for Easter Sunday?

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