Exploring Easter outside the gate

Pilgrams trek up Mt. Jumullong Manglo during an annual procession on a recent Good Friday on Guam. Photo courtesy of Guam Visitors Bureau
Pilgrams trek up Mt. Jumullong Manglo during an annual procession on a recent Good Friday on Guam. Photo courtesy of Guam Visitors Bureau

Exploring Easter outside the gate

by: Takahiro Takiguchi | .
Stripes Guam | .
published: March 16, 2016

For many Christians nothing says spring like spending Easter Sunday celebrating the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. There are a myriad of different ways to do this – often within the same traditional faith or denomination.

This Easter, why not take advantage of being stationed overseas in the Pacific and venture off base to share this special time of year with the locals? You might be surprised at how differently – or similarly – Christ’s resurrection can be celebrated.

On Guam, it might be a traditional foot washing ceremony at the Lutheran Church of Guam, or a mass reenactment with Roman Catholics carrying a 600-pound cross to Mt. Jumullong Manglo. Traditional Okinawan dancing follows the Mass at Asato Catholic Church, and a number of Protestant churches ring in the season more somberly on that island. While on mainland Japan traditional and modern are contrasted in a choice to celebrate a Tokyo midnight vigil in a Byzantine-style cathedral (Holy Resurrection Cathedral) with Japanese Orthodox Christians, or with local Roman Catholics in an ultramodern architectural wonder (Saint Mary’s Cathedral).

Even a simple egg hunt with the family or taking in a local musical performance with a friend off base could make this a special Sunday.

Whatever you opt for, chances are you could be enriched with a memorable experience that could last a lifetime – Easter Sunday outside the gates.


   Easter events off base   


Lutheran Church of Guam
Maundy Thursday: March 24, 7 p.m.
Foot washing ceremony is conducted during the service. They will have several stations up for you to come and have your feet washed. Communion will also be offered.
Good Friday: March 25, 7 p.m.
A traditional service called "Tenebrae" (literally “darkness"). They will read and reflect upon the last 7 words of Jesus before he died on the cross. You can see the symbolic traditions of the stripping the altar and the closing of the book.
Easter Sunday: March 27, Sunrise service 6 a.m. on the beach, breakfast at 7:30, Easter Service at 9:30, brunch at 11 a.m.
Location: 787 W. Marine Corps Dr., Hagatna
Website: www.lutheranchurchofguam.org
For more information, call 671-477-8595

Santa Barbara Catholic Church
Holy Thursday: March 24, 7 p.m. Mass of the Lord’s Supper
Good Friday: March 25, 12 a.m. Stations of the Cross, 1 p.m. The Seven Last Words, 3 p.m. Celebration of the Lord’s Passion
Holy Saturday: March 26, 10 p.m. Easter Vigil
Easter Sunday: March 27 Masses at 6, 8 (Baptism), 10, 12 a.m. and 5 and 7 p.m.
Location: 330 Iglesia Circle, Dededo
For more information, call 671-632-5659

The Episcopal Church in Micronesia
Good Friday Service: March 25, 12 a.m.
Easter Sunday Service: March 27, 10 a.m.
*A potluck party will be held following the Easter Sunday service.
Location: 911 N. Marine Corps. Dr., Tamuning
Website: episcopalmicronesia.org/
For more information, call 671-649-0690

Faith Presbyterian Christian Reformed Church
Good Friday Service: March 25, 6 p.m.
Easter Sunday Service: March 27, 10 a.m.
*Brunch is followed and kids will cook eggs.
Location: 150 Fr. Duenas Road, Tai Mangilao
Website: faithchurchguam.org/
For more information, call 671-734-7778

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