Fifty years ago, the Rev. Dr. T. Russell Nunan, a Presbyterian church minister, began what is now celebrated as Holy Week. It was 1972.
Nunan served as minister at numerous Presbyterian churches in Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi, finally retiring as Pastor Emeritus of Greenville Presbyterian Church in Greenville.
Last week, churches from all over Mississippi, as well as the nation, participated in the celebration of Holy Week.
Beverly Thompson, member of First Presbyterian Church, was honored to be a part of last week’s event.
“It was such a rewarding experience to get to be a part of Holy Week services,” she said. “I enjoyed getting to help in the kitchen and seeing all of the different churches involved. I loved getting to celebrate Easter week with the community as a whole. That is what it is all about.”
A light lunch was served both before and after the worship service each day, last Monday through Friday, with between 150 to 200 members of the community joining together to attend the services.
First Presbyterian Church hosted the event. Churches in attendance included, Burning Bush Missionary Baptist Church, Christ Community Church, St. Peter’s Catholic Church, First Methodist Church, New Life Christian Fellowship, First Baptist Church, All Saints’ Episcopal Church, Emmanuel Baptist Church, Faith and Grace Missionary Baptist Church, Leflore Baptist Church, Christian Life Church, Friendship Baptist Church, Grace Baptist Church and Christian Life Church.
Each church enjoyed Easter services Sunday.