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Easter, Passover observances all virtual

Apr 08, 2020

The traditional Easter sunrise service at the Belfast Boathouse, sponsored every year by the Greater Bay Area Ministerium, will not be held this year, and all of the usual GBAM eumenical gatherings during Holy Week also are canceled. A vitual seder is planned for Thursday evening at the area's nearest synagogue, in Rockland.

Area churches are holding services with Zoom conferencing, or recording services and posting them to their websites, or posting recorded services on Facebook.

The First Church in Belfast, UCC, is having its services shown on the local access stations (Channel 1301 on Spectrum cable), BCTV in Belfast and SCTV in Searsport.

The Palm Sunday service will be available to view on BCTV on Sunday, April 5, at 9:30 a.m. and 6 p.m., as well as other times throughout the week, and on SCTV April 5 at 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. The Maundy Thursday service will be on BCTV and SCTV Thursday, April 9, at 6 p.m.

St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, Belfast, is posting its services on the church's Facebook page and YouTube channel. St. Margaret’s schedule includes a Palm Sunday service April 5 at 9:30 a.m.

Passover begins at sundown Wednesday, April 8. At Adas Yoshuron Synagogue in Rockland, a virtual Passover Community Seder will be held Thursday, April 9, at 6 p.m., convening on Zoom, and not at the synagogue. Rabbi Lily Solochek will lead participants in the prayers and rituals of the seder, retelling the Exodus story, and everyone will search for the afikomen in the comfort of their own homes.

Anyone who needs matzah, juice or horseradish should contact the office for a Passover Care Package. To connect with Zoom: Visit or call 929-205-6099 and enter meeting ID 532 498 473.

The Rev. Ted Chaffee of First Baptist Church, Belfast, will conduct a Good Friday service to be aired Friday, April 10, at 6 p.m. on BCTV and SCTV and on The First Church website. St. Margaret's will conduct a Good Friday service on Facebook and YouTube April 10 at noon.

On Holy Saturday, April 11, the Catholic Diocese of Portland invites all Maine residents to join in an act of solidarity with one another and all people of goodwill at 7:30 p.m., the hour of the sunset, by standing outside their homes with a lit candle, flashlight, or other source of light. During the traditional Easter Vigil, they are asked to offer a silent prayer and reflection for those in the world who have died from COVID-19, for the consolation of their families, and for the healing of our world and an end to the crisis.

Following prayer and reflection, Easter Vigil Masses will be livestreamed from many Maine parishes at 8 p.m. (

On Easter Sunday, April 12, St. Margaret's will livestream the Easter Service from the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., at 11:15 a.m.

First Church Easter Sunday worship will be aired April 12, on BCTV at 9:30 a.m. and 6 p.m., and on SCTV at 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Church services can all be seen by going to or First Church's Facebook page.

Otherwise, church sanctuaries in general are closed. To be certain about your place of worship, it's best to check its website or Facebook page.

For Roman Catholic arrangements to view Holy Week services livestreamed and/or posted as videos afterward, the Portland diocese recommends checking (this webpage will be updated frequently as additional parishes submit schedules and when schedule changes are made).


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