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St. James Catholic Church held its annual Stations of the Cross service on Friday. The service re-enacts Christ’s journey to Calvary, and explores the 13 crucial moments in depth.

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – The passion of Jesus came alive for attendees of St. James Catholic Church’s annual Stations of the Cross service on Friday. The bilingual service drew around 250 onlookers, many carrying children or holding hands in the light rain, as actors portraying Jesus, Mary, two prisoners and centurions, enacted […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal Tupelo egg hunters will have their choice of east, central and west for their annual Easter egg-stravaganzas today. Tupelo churches are hosting trio of community Easter egg hunts at city parks with 54,000 plastic eggs up for grabs. “We do it as a service and outreach to the community,” […]

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Ethan Easterling, playing Jesus, depicts the healing of a man during Hope Church's dress rehearsal for its Easter pageant Wednesday night.

By Riley Manning Daily Journal As Easter draws near, some churches in the area are taking their passion to the stage with all manner of free dramas, musicals and productions. Last Easter, Hope Church in Tupelo brought back its generation-old tradition of an extravagant musical production of the Easter story. The event’s success surpassed the […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – Temple B’Nai Israel gathered at Park Heights on Tuesday night to celebrate Passover with a community seder, and recount the Exodus story of the Jewish people’s escape from their bondage in Egypt. Temple B’Nai’s Marc Perler led the group of 48 through the readings and rituals of the […]

For the past few weeks, many Christians have journeyed through the penitent season of Lent. Beginning on Ash Wednesday and culminating 40 days later on Easter Sunday, Lent signifies Christ’s 40 days of fasting in the wilderness. Heading into the final week of Lent, Holy Week, the Rev. Lincoln Dall, priest at St. James Catholic […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal IUKA – Growing up in the 1950s, the Rev. Nick Phillips, pastor of New Hope Presbyterian Church in Biggersville and lawyer at Phillips and Phillips law firm in Iuka, remembers his family tradition of reading the Sunday morning comic strips together before getting up to do anything else. He recalls […]

The story of Jonah is one in the endless number of biblical characters that inspire the imagination. Over the course of their ministry, local pastors have developed their own affinity for particular scriptural characters. (File)

By Riley Manning Daily Journal In the Christian canon, all figures fall short in the shadow of the big JC, but for many, scripture captured the imagination as children in the form of figures like Samson or Jonah. From Esau to Methuselah, the amount of names in the Bible are as numerous as grains of […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – The pastor of one of Tupelo’s largest congregations has announced his resignation. The Rev. David Eldridge informed his 1,800-member Calvary Baptist Church congregation Sunday that he would be absent from the pulpit this Sunday to preach at First Baptist Church in Clinton in view of a call to […]

LAUREL (AP) – A Mississippi church had been promoting a speaker for several weeks with ads that had the American flag on the banner. One thing led to another, and the community believed former president George W. Bush was coming to town. When they showed up Sunday night, the Bethlehem Community Church church’s entrance was […]