Ready for Easter: the Paschal candle and the sanctuary adorned for the great season

The Easter Gallery 2008

A pictorial record of three colourful and moving services at Saint Faith's.

Just before the Easter Vigil service starts, the New Fire is lit and servers stand ready with the Paschal Candle

The celebrant prepares the candle for its slow procession into the darkened church

Later in the service, the renewal of baptismal vows and a baptism take place

An unofficial part of the celebratory liturgy: the release of a stream of blessed bubbles

After the imbibing of festive bubbles of a different kind, we move to the porch to await the fireworks

To the puzzlement of passers-by, fireworks ascend into the night sky and blaze on the vicarage lawn

On  Easter morning, communicants make their way to the nave altar while the choir sings an Easter anthem

Some of the Junior Church children show off their own appropriately-sized Easter Garden

At the end of the service, Fred and Liz celebrate 55 years of marriage with a blessing from Fr Neil

The crucifer leads the procession out past a full church as the service ends

Then, in the Garden of Remebrance, there follows the burial of parishioner Jenny Kemp's ashes

Awaiting the entry of the sanctuary party before that evening's Festal Evensong service

The choir sings and the High Altar is censed during the service

Finally, the thurifer heads out at the very end of the Easter Day celebrations

Words and pictures: Chris Price

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