A MESSAGE FROM THE
CHAPLAIN FOR HOLY WEEK
AND EASTER 2013
Services of Holy Communion at Holy Trinity Church
8.00am (Book of Common Prayer) With the lighting of the Easter Fire
Followed by breakfast in the Parsonage
11.00am. (Common Worship)
Followed by coffee, Madeira wine and cake in the Garden or Parish Centre
Holy Week and Easter Programme
March 25th Monday of Holy Week: Holy Communion 12.00noon with short meditation
March 26th Tuesday of Holy Week: Holy Communion 12.00noon with short meditation
March 27th Wednesday of Holy Week: Holy Communion 10.30am with short meditation.
March 28th MAUNDY THURSDAY: Passover Supper and Holy Communion beginning 6.30pm in the Parish Centre followed by the solemn stripping of the Church and watch in the Gethsemane Garden.
March 29th GOOD FRIDAY: Stations of the Cross in the garden 12.00noon, followed by Holy Communion
April 1st EASTER DAY
8.00am Holy Communion and the lighting of the Easter Fire,
Followed by breakfast in the Parsonage.
11.00am Parish Communion of Easter Day
Followed by a reception in the gardens.
The Collect for Easter Sunday
Lord of all life and power, who through the mighty resurrection of your Son overcame the old order of sin and death to make all things new in him: grant that we being dead to sin and alive to you in Jesus Christ, may reign with him in glory, to whom with you and the Holy Spirit be praise and honour, glory and might now and in all eternity. AMEN
Easter Sunday Gospel: John 20. 1-18
Early on the first day of the week while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other Disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.” Then Peter and the other disciple set out and went towards the tomb, they were running but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent down to look into the tomb and he saw the linen wrappings lying there but he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him and went into the tomb. He saw the linen cloths lying there and the cloth that had covered Jesus’ head not lying with the wrappings but rolled up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple who had reached the tomb first also went in and he saw and believed for as yet they did understand the scripture that he must rise from the dead Then the disciples returned to their homes.
But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb, and as she wept she bent down to look into the tomb and she saw two angels in white sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying, one at the head and one at the feet. They said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” “They have taken away my Lord,” she replied, “and I do not know where they have laid him.” When she had said this she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her. “Woman why are you weeping? For whom are you looking?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him and I will take him away.” Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to him in Hebrew “Rabouni (which means Teacher). Jesus said to her, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to the brothers and say to them, “I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.” Mary Magadalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”; and she told them that he had said these things to her.”
Meditation: This is the central truth of Christianity, without the resurrection there is no Christianity, no good news, no Gospel, no promise of new life and we are of all people, as St Paul said, “the most to be pitied” for we have based our life on an illusion.
Love was all that Mary had to bring, and when she found the tomb empty it was more than she could bare on her own. And it was that love which was to be rewarded. It was Mary who loved Jesus so much who was at the tomb first, it was that love that gave her the first sight of the risen Lord. It was John whom Jesus loved and who loved Jesus, who was the first to believe in the resurrection. He was the first person to understand.
Love can grasp the truth when the intellect is left groping and uncertain. Love can understand the meaning of a thing when research is blind. A young painter once brought a painting of Jesus to the great French artist and draftsman, Doré after a long time, Doré said, “You do not love him, or you would have painted him better.” You can never understand Jesus or help others to understand either, unless you take your heart to him and first love him.
Alleluia: He is risen
He is risen indeed: Alleluia