Easter Day started very early for the people of St. Augustine’s who gathered to begin the Easter Vigil at 5.30 a.m. The New Fire was lit and blessed and we then walked the short distance to the church proclaiming “Christ our Light”. The Reading and Psalms followed. The Area Dean was our guest preacher.
After the service and the First Mass of Easter it was into the Church Hall for a breakfast of cereals, boiled eggs and sausages, toast, marmalade, fruit juices, tea and coffee. Breakfast finished it was back to church for the Solemn Mass of the Day when a full church celebrated Christ risen from the dead. The children were each given an Easter Egg. Father Martin celebrated and preached and Father Mervyn played the organ at both services. A wonderful Easter ended with Solemn Evensong and Benediction at 6.00 p.m.
Many thanks to all those who made Holy Week and Easter such a special time: the servers, the choir, the readers ,those who decorated the church, those who cleaned the church, the people who prepared and cooked breakfast and washed up afterwards, and especially all those who came to celebrate the Risen Christ with such joy and enthusiasm.
Alleluia! Christ is Risen!
He is Risen indeed, Alleluia!