Churches locally and around the world will be holding special Good Friday services today commemorating the death of Jesus on the Cross. Of special interest are three area ecumenical services including a "Stations of the Cross Walk," a service for the deaf, and a procession during which church members will take turns carrying a cross,"
Members of several Rockville churches will take part in the "Stations of the Cross Walk." They will walk to 14 points in Rockville to symbolize themes from the Stations of the Cross.
For example, to reenact the fifth Station of the Cross, "Simon Carries the Cross," the group will walk to the Rockville Free Clinic, sympolizing assistance to those in need. Other stopping points will include the Town Center Apartments, City Hall, and the Driving While Intoxicated School.
The group will leave at 1 p.m. from Rockville United Methodist Church, 112 W. Montgomery Ave., Rockville.
An ecumenical service for the deaf will be held at 7:30 p.m. at Columbia Baptist Church chapel, 193 W. Columbia St., Falls Church.
Roman Catholics and Protestants in Baltimore will reenact today the carrying of the cross by Jesus. Adults and groups of children will take turns carrying a 10-foot cross over a 1 1/2 mile route. The procession will leave at 1 p.m. from Franklinville Presbyterian Church in Baltimore.
Other local Good Friday services and events include:
First Church of the Nazarene, community Good Friday service, noon to 2 p.m., at the church, 4401 16th St. NW. Participating area clergy include the Rev. Hal T. Henderson, Simpson-Hamline United Methodist Church; the Rev. H. Richard Harp, National Memorial Church of God; Dr. Talbert Shar, Nineteenth Street Baptist Church; the Rev. Samuel N. Smith, First Church of the Nazarene; the Rev. Robert Meyers, Christian Service Corp; the Rev. Jim Irwin, College Park Church of the Nazarene, and the Rev. Samuel G. Hines, Third Street Church of God.
Annual Community Service, sponsored by Baileys Crossroads Ministerial Fellowship. Participating churches include Warner Baptist Church, St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Glen Carlyn Road Baptist Church, St. Katherine's Greek Orthodox Church, Spanish Episcopal Congregation of Northern Virginia, Culmore United Methodist church, St. Anthony's Roman Catholic Church and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Services start at noon at Saint Paul's Episcopal Church, Church and Payne Street, Falls Church.
Ecumenical Service, noon at 3 p.m., Christ Church, 118 N. Washington St., Alexandria.
Chorale Concert, Frederick Chorale, Frederick, Md., 4 p.m. Washington Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin Avenues NW.
Dr. Edgar D. Romic, rector, Church of the Epiphany, noon, at the church, 1317 G St. NW.
The Rev. Dr. Charles Price, professor of systematic theology, Virginia Seminary, noon to 3 p.m. at Washington Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW; "Life's Gory Dead."
The Rev. J. Carleton Hayden, visiting scholar, assistant professor to Church History, Howard University, noon to 3 p.m., Church of the Ascension and St. Agnes, Massachusetts Avenue and 12th Street NW.
Concert, senior choir of the Israel Baptist Church performing the cantata, "Seven Last Words of Jesus Christ," 7:30 p.m., at the church, 632 11th St. NE.
Music and Pantomine Choir, Turner Memorial A.M.E. Church choir performing the cantata, "Seven Last Words of Jesus Christ," with interpretive dancing by the Pantomine Choir, 7:30 p.m., at the church, 600 I St. NW.
Sacred Concert, First Baptist Church of Clarendon, sanctuary choir performing John Stainer's "The Crucifixion; A Meditation of the Sacred Passion of the Holy Redeemer," 7:30 p.m., at the church, 1210 N. Highland St., Arlington.
Lenten Music, Arlington Presbyterian Church chancel choir performing Dale Wood's "A Service of Darkness," 8 p.m., at the church, Columbia Pike and S. Lincoln Street, Arlington.
Dr. Harold M. B. Richards, radio broadcaster of "The Voice of Prophecy," 7:30 at Takoma Park Seventh-day Adventist Church, 6951 Carroll Ave.