Easter Weekend 2008

Maundy Thursday

After our Palm Sunday service (see earlier news article) the next event was a new slant on an old ceremony. On Maundy Thursday evening we held an Agape, a light meal with some Passover ceremonies borrowed from our Jewish roots, and an informal celebration of the Eucharist. We washed two people’s feet (following Jesus’ example), ate horseradish to remember the bitterness of the Hebrews’ slavery, and broke bread and shared wine together; Jesus had done it for the first time on this evening. After the service we all left quietly, except for a few who stayed to strip the ornaments from church and hall, ready for Good Friday.

There was a real family feeling, shared by regular worshippers and visitors alike – not least by Alec our organist, who had brought his own keyboard and really enjoyed playing it!

Photo: At the Maundy Thursday Communion

At the Maundy Thursday Communion

Good Friday

We didn’t hold a service in St Peter’s, but we took part in “Christ in the Centre”, the largest Christian demonstration in the Midlands.

Photo: The crucifixion scene at

The crucifixion scene at “Christ in the Centre”

And we joined St Crispin’s in the afternoon, as Roz led a meditation round the Stations of the Cross. (St Crispin’s people joined us for some of our other Holy Week and Easter events.)

Easter Eve Ceremonies

During Saturday, the church had mysteriously been transformed, ready for the Easter services. But we started on a dark Saturday evening outside the church, with a bonfire and a big candle. This was decorated with signs of the life of Christ – a life which even death could not put out.

Photo: Blessing the Easter Candle

Blessing the Easter Candle

The candle was lit (always the hardest part of the service!) and we went into the darkened church, singing “Christ our Light – Thanks be to God!”

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“Christ our Light – Thanks be to God!”

Gradually the church became lighter as more and more candles were lit. We sang the Exsultet, an ancient hymn of praise to greet the risen Lord, and we renewed our baptism vows of commitment to Christ. Then we sang some more prayers and went home…

Easter Morning

The earliest Easter since 1913 was marked by a snow-covered morning, as we trooped across Church Field to the Easter morning Eucharist. But it was warmer inside the church, where we sang Easter hymns and the children made a banner proclaiming “Alleluia!” to hang in the hall.

Photo: The

The “Alleluia” banner on Easter morning

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This entry is dated Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008 at 4.43pm and is filed under News.

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