Our Easter Journey

Remembering the journey Jesus took from his triumphal entry into Jerusalem, through the desolation of betrayal by some of his followers, and the darkness of death on a cross, to the joy and wonder of resurrection on Easter Day, Canon David Monteith (shortly to be Dean of Leicester Cathedral) led our thoughts through the week.

The journey begins on Palm Sunday, when we usually march round outside the church. Unfortunately, bad weather meant we had had to move straight from the hall into the church…

In the hall on Palm Sunday

In the hall on Palm Sunday

… as we lifted high the cross.

"Lift High the Cross!"

“Lift High the Cross!”

On the Monday to Wednesday evenings, David led our thoughts on various aspects of the Easter story, continuing on Maundy Thursday.

David Monteith speaking on Maundy Thursday

David Monteith speaking on Maundy Thursday

On this occasion we not only shared in Holy Communion, but we also went through a similar meal to that held by Jews to mark the Passover – foot washing, lighting candles…

Lighting the candles

Lighting the candles

…sharing symbols of slavery, hardship and journeying – including taking a rest before we start.

"Resting"

“Resting”

Then we shared a meal together – home-made soup with bread and cheese.

Serving the meal

Serving the meal

The evening climaxed in Holy Communion.

The next day – Good Friday – the children were busy creating the Easter Garden, followed by hot-cross buns and a drink before a short service and a time of prayer and mediation – again, led by David.

The Easter Garden

The Easter Garden

The Saturday was Easter Eve, and in the dark of the night were gathered outside around a bonfire…

Around the fire on Easter Eve

Around the fire on Easter Eve

…from which the Easter Candle was lit, and taken into the darkened church.

Lighting the Easter Candle

Lighting the Easter Candle

From that candle the light spread from candle to candle until the whole church was flled with the magic of candle light – reminding us how the light of Jesus spreads from the Easter tomb through all the world.

Candle-lit church

Candle-lit church

Easter Day comes, and it’s time to roll away the stone from the tomb in our Easter Garden. Chris gets a helping hand from the children.

Rolling the stone away

Rolling the stone away

Easter Day is a day of joy and celebration, so when we sing the Gloria, we added a little extra – keys, bells, other instruments were shaken/rung/played to celebrate that Christ is Risen!

Noisy Gloria!

Noisy Gloria!

This entry is dated Friday, April 19th, 2013 at 2.55pm and is filed under News.

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