Holy Week continues today (April 1) with Maundy Thursday and concludes on Easter Sunday, with Hilliard churches marking the occasion in many different ways.

Holy Week continues today (April 1) with Maundy Thursday and concludes on Easter Sunday, with Hilliard churches marking the occasion in many different ways.

For example, there will be a prayer labyrinth today through Friday at Hilliard United Metho-dist Church on Scioto-Darby Road.

"Prayer labyrinths are paths in which one walks in a very narrow space a certain route toward the center, where one comes in contact with God," said lead Pastor David Ziegel. "It's a way for people to have a prayer experience of journeying toward God and then journeying back into the world."

The church's outreach team will also provide an Easter egg hunt for the Country Ridge apartment complex, Ziegel said. In addition, a special breakfast will be prepared and taken to the church for all people on Parsons Avenue.

Today is celebrated as the day Jesus had the Last Supper with his disciples. It is also known as Maundy Thursday.

"The word Maundy comes from the Latin 'to command'," said Eric Waters, pastor of The Church at Mill Run on Mill Run Drive. "When Jesus washed the feet of the disciples, He said, 'A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another as I have loved you.' So the Maundy is to celebrate that command, and then we celebrate the Last Supper."

Waters said the church should see double the attendance of a normal Sunday, and expects 2,500 people to fill the church this Easter.

"We're happy to have them," he said.

While some churches are re-enacting events such as the Last Supper, the Stations of the Cross, Tenebrae (a service of darkness on Good Friday); holding a sunrise service on Easter or singing the "Hallelujah Chorus," other churches will try to treat the day like any other.

"I'm not sure for us it's about an Easter production as much as it is an opportunity for us as a congregation to remember the hallmark of the Christian faith, and that is the Resurrection of Christ," said Pastor Matt Chittum of New Life Church Hilliard on Wayne Street.

"I think the nature of Easter applies to every day of the calendar year. Therefore, Easter itself does not become any more important of a day than any other of the year, but rather is an opportunity to celebrate together the Resurrection," Chittum said.

"We will worship at our standard time of 10:30 a.m. The only thing we do differently decoration-wise at our gathering is the inclusion of fresh flowers."

Sister Patricia McMahon, pastoral associate at St. Brendan Church on Dublin Road, describes Holy Week Services as "one service in three parts. We begin with the celebration of the Last Supper, and then we move into the celebration of Good Friday, and then the celebration of the Resurrection. So we really try to encourage our congregation to come each of the three services.

"It's the holiest time of the year," she said. "I always look forward to the Holy Week celebrations. This is a very special time for me and I love celebrating it with the community."