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Evening prayer to mark camp 50th anniversary

Holden Village to mark milestone at services all around the country

In celebration of Holden Village’s 50th anniversary, alums and other supporters will join together in singing Holden Evening Prayer on Palm Sunday, April 1, in their home congregations or simply in their homes. Holden Village is a Lutheran-tied retreat center in the Cascade Mountains near Chelan, Washington, known for its education, music, and lifestyle programming.

Marty Haugen composed Holden Evening Prayer while in residence there in 1985-86. The popular setting has gained a worldwide following.

Why was April Fool’s Day chosen for this event? It is the anniversary of the final letter that was written to Howe Sound Co., inspiring the mining company to donate the village for use as a church retreat center.

Evening Prayer on Palm Sunday will be sung at Holden Village at 4 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time, which is 6 p.m. Central.

In keeping with Holden practices, participants are urged to ring a welcoming bell five minutes before the start of the service. Congregations planning to hold Evening Prayer and wanting to invite others to attend should sign up on the Holden website: http://www.holdenvillage.org/50th-anniversary-join-the-celebration/. Information about how to order music for the setting is available there.

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