statues await their resurrection. A visit to a second hand shop may be
solemn saga of Holy Week climaxes in the joyful celebrations of Easter
Day and the triumphant resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
gallery of Lenten and Easter pictures ends with the events of Holy
Saturday, or Easter Eve (not Easter Saturday - that's the Saturday
Holy Saturday morning, St Faith's is always alive with activity, as
flowers are lovingly prepared and put in place,
statues, relegated to the vestry for Good Friday, are restored,
hangings, vestments, candles and brasswork are made ready,
ceremonies of the Easter Vigil rehearsed and all things are made ready
for the momentous events to come.
8.00 pm that day, the New Fire is kindled and priests and people, who
have gathered outside in the dusk, move back into church
candles are lit and the ancient ritual begins. In due course the
Resurrection is proclaimed, and a cacophony of joyful noise
round the church as the lights come on. Afterwards there is wine to
drink, Easter biscuits to scoff and fireworks to enjoy.
morning no longer brings Easter bonnets these days, but is filled with
colour, joyful music, celebration and spiritual sunshine.
are processions, and the children of the Junior Church make their
special contribution to the day's festivities.
the clergy and ordinands, doubtless tired but deservedly happy, pose
for their pictures at the back of church.
Alleluia, Christ is risen! He
is risen indeed, Alleluia!
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Photos: Chris Price
for three sermons preached during Holy Week and at Easter
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