April '18

 

The Vicar writes…

“Alleluia! Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us.
Therefore let us keep the feast! Alleluia!”


These words are joyfully proclaimed on Easter Day amidst great celebration, a proclamation of great joy and a pledge of commitment to “keep the feast”. The singing and saying of “Alleluia” returns after the 40 days of Lent, flowers reappear in church, we celebrate new life in baptism and the Springtime blossoming all around us.


But it doesn’t end there. Its very easy to feel like we’ve made it through the 40 days of Lent in order to reach Easter Day, celebrate and be done with it. Don’t forget Easter lasts for 50 days until Pentecost!! It is a whole season for reflecting and rejoicing on the risen Christ, on new hope, new life and new joy. It’s a season for marvelling and celebrating God’s goodness, feasting after fasting.


Its often hard to keep up our stamina to mark the celebration for a whole 50 days. After the Easter holidays, school term time begins and Easter seems a long time ago. But perhaps there is something small you could do to mark Eastertide in a special way this year. Perhaps each day you could make the Easter proclamation at the top of this page. Perhaps you could come to an extra service at church, plan a treat for friends or family, go for a walk rejoicing in God’s creation, or share an act of kindness.


Throughout April and May there are a number of events at church to celebrate, including a springtime concert of light music, and a church family walk and lunch, not to mention the APCM (!) where under God we review the last year, and look towards all that God entrusts to us in the care of God’s church in this place. The Lord is risen and we have much to celebrate and rejoice in – therefore let us keep the feast!


With love & prayers for a joyful Eastertide – all 50 days!


Mother Penny

 

 


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