Monsignor Annie speaks at local service

Monsignor Frederick Annie prays with the congregation on Friday at Saint Patrick Parish in Coalton.

ELKINS — Many people gathered locally and around the world in celebration of Good Friday.

Speaking to the congregation at Saint Patrick Parish in Coalton on Friday, Monsignor Frederick Annie referenced Saint John’s Passion Narrative.

Annie is the episcopal vicar for clergy of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston.

“I like to think of Saint John as the poet among the evangelists — never missing the opportunity for the perfect wording or the occasion to point out a deeper meaning that exists beneath his obvious illustrations,” Annie said.

In this, Annie explained that John used a certain phrase when describing the death of Jesus.

“He writes, near the end of the long narrative, ‘and bowing his head, he handed over the spirit,'” he said.

Annie emphasized that the action of Jesus bowing his head is seen by the church as a reminder.

“With this action of submission, he acknowledges his acquiescence to the will of his Father,” Annie said.

“Remember that we say his life is not taken from him; he, by his own will, hands over his life for us.

“We, too, must acknowledge and accept the Father’s will in our lives, that we stand with our brother Christ as beloved children of our Father – receiving his divine mercy,” Annie said.

An Easter Vigil will be at 8:30 p.m. today, Holy Saturday, at Saint Brendan Parish in Elkins.

Mass will be at 8:30 a.m. on Easter Sunday at Saint Patrick Parish in Coalton and again at 11 a.m. at Saint Brendan Parish.

A list of Easter Church Services around the area are as follows:

• Landmark Baptist Church:

Easter Sunday — 11 a.m. Worship Service

• First United Methodist Church of Elkins:

Easter Sunday — 8:30 a.m. Contemporary Service

Easter Sunday — 11 a.m. Traditional Worship

• Davis Memorial Presbyterian Church:

Easter Sunday –11 a.m. Easter Sunday Service

• First Baptist Church of Elkins:

Easter Sunday — 7 a.m. Resurrection Service

Easter Sunday — 10:45 a.m. Morning Worship Service

• Summit Church:

Easter Sunday — 7 a.m. Sunrise Service

Easter Sunday — 10 a.m. Morning Worship

• Chapel Hill United Methodist Church:

Easter Sunday — 6:30 a.m. Sunrise Service at Jawbone Park

Easter Sunday — 10:30 a.m. Worship Service

• The Buckhannon Church of the Nazarene:

Easter Sunday — 8:30 a.m. Easter Early Service

Easter Sunday — 9:15 a.m. Easter Potluck Breakfast

Easter Sunday — 11 a.m. Resurrection Celebration.