Holy Week unites York County white, black churches

Allison Creek Presbyterian Church hosted a multi-racial Maundy Thursday service with members from Liberty Hill AME Zion, New Home AME Zion and Union Baptist – three black churches that were created after slaves were freed in 1865. Many of the blacks who attended Allison Creek before emancipation and after are buried in mostly unmarked graves next to Allison Creek church, and the service and new historical marker on the grounds are a reminder of a shared heritage that was shameful. Yet the present brings hope for a better future.


Latin Mass making comeback at some SC Catholic churches

Tom Kelly felt like something was lost 50 years ago this month, when traditional Latin Mass was abandoned by the Roman Catholic Church with a Second Vatican Council ruling that Mass could be said in local languages with alternate choreography. The intention was to make the ceremony more accessible, more understandable, simpler, but connection that lasted through centuries evaporated. Holy reverence and awe seemed to be exchanged for colloquial comfort. Now, though, the formal worship is making a comeback in South Carolina and at Catholic churches worldwide.

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