Easter Sunday Service
Happy Easter! Thank you all so much for your Easter messages and we, as a family, hope you enjoy this Easter season in this unique situation.
Please find our Easter Sunday video here.
Should you want to hear some Easter hymns, these are the daughters of a good friend of mine, Fr. Michael John. Through his channel you can also access his Easter services.
If you would like to hear services in Welsh, this is the channel of another friend, Fr. Dyfrig Lloyd, vicar of Dewi Sant.
Today, Holy Saturday, is seemingly the day without action. Unlike previous days, where we can remember the different parts of Jesus’ story, the events of this day are hidden from us. God’s son has died and is buried. Disciples are scattered, friendships are threatened, everything seems to create fear and uncertainty. So today we pause and wait.
Tomorrow’s video will hopefully reflect some of the joy of Easter morning and even though we will not be able to come together in our parish churches we can nevertheless remember each other and celebrate.
Please do check out today’s video.
Meanwhile, standing near the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing beside her, he said to his mother, “Woman, here is your son.” Then he said to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” And from that hour the disciple took her into his own home.
After this, when Jesus knew that all was now finished, he said, “I am thirsty.” A jar full of sour wine was standing there. So they put a sponge full of the wine on a branch of hyssop and held it to his mouth. When Jesus had received the wine, he said, “It is finished.” Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
John 19 25-30
Today we are asked once again to revisit the scene of the garden of Gethsemane. A place of quiet rest for the disciples after what had seemed to them an enjoyable supper. For Christ, this was a moment not only of preparation but of challenge. As we reflect in our current time when we also may be troubled by present and future events, we can be reassured that we know what is coming. That through the journey of Good Friday and the quiet absence of Holy Saturday, what awaits us is the hope of Easter Sunday.
If I am to reflect on how Jesus spent these days during Holy Week, much of the time was taken up with journeys back and forth to Jerusalem from Mary and Martha’s house in the village. There would have been evenings spent with the disciples, family and friends talking and discussing with their Lord but also a lot of time to sit, reflect and pray in the shade given amongst the olive trees. At this time we of course are separated from each other but it is good to be aware that we are joined in our reflections in the quiet of our homes.
It is now midweek through Holy Week. For those of you with young children I am sure they will be pleased to hear that the Easter Bunny has been designated as a key worker so preparations can continue!
Please enjoy today’s video. As you might have noticed, the theme has been the simple actions that are being carried out as we continue in lockdown can take on a meditative quality. I am, like I’m sure many of you are, beginning to appreciate many the small actions and moments that in the past I took for granted.
I hope you are all keeping safe and well during these challenging times. It’s difficult when we are spending each day within our homes to differentiate one week from the next. Nevertheless, I hope you can all find space in your own way to reflect during Holy Week. To help with those reflections I will be sending out a short film each day. You can find this film by going to Youtube and typing in ‘Life at the Vicarage’ or click below