Alleluia! Christ is Risen

As we celebrate Easter Day 2018 at St Andrew’s we reflect back on our preparation from Ash Wednesday right through to this glorious day.

Ash Wednesday saw the congregation gathering for an 11:00am service of Holy Communion during which there was the imposition of ashes.

Every following Wednesday right through to Holy Week, a group met at St Andrew’s to participate in a Lent Study Course inspired and using resources from HOPE 2018.  These resoirces followed St Mark’s gospel and examined the hope inspired by prisoners throughout the world who, through repentance, found Jesus amidst their rehabilitation.

During the evening of Maundy Thursday, guests from around the parish met to celebrate a Seder meal, remembering the Jewish heritage of Jesus and the sacrifice that God made in the death of his Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ.

Good Friday was marked by a reflection led by Lay Reader David Lucas spending “An Hour by the Cross” from 11:00am.  Our ‘Christmas Tree Cross’ was adorned with red strips symbolising Christ’s blood dripping form he cross.  Members of the church then gave out Hot Cross buns to shoppers at the local shops and travellers catching the Park & Ride to Leicester.  They received a buttered. Hot Cross bun and a napkin with a message explaining the Christian significance of the bun.

During Holy Saturday the church was open for our Easter “Light a Candle” here members the community visit to remember loved ones who are no longer with us.

Easter Day – Alleluia! Christ is Risen.  He is risen indeed. Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

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