Holy Week 2018 & Local Palm Gathering

Special note for Palm Sunday!: Again this year, we will use locally gathered branches instead of imported palm fronds for our Palm Sunday worship.  This actually reduces our carbon footprint from shipping, reduces de-forestation pressures overseas, and also invites the imagination of how Jesus comes to us in our very own place.
***If you would like to help with the gathering the branches, please let Rev. Crane know by tomorrow** revjcrane (at) yahoo.com

Holy Week 2018 – we walk with Christ (PDF:Holy Week 2018)

  • Palm/Passion Sunday (March 25, 8am & 10am) – We gather in the narthex(lobby) and remember the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem with emblems waving (we will use local ‘palms’ this year). As we process we enter into the self-giving and suffering that his entry into that city truly brought.
  • Maundy Thursday (March 29, 6:30pm) – Jesus gathered his friends at table and ate with them the night before his death. He knelt at the meal and washed their feet. Yet at his arrest, they betrayed him. We begin with light refreshments, share in footwashing, and gather around the table of our Lord.
  • Good Friday (March 30, 1pm) – Following his trial and condemnation, Jesus of Nazareth was crucified between two thieves and died by the evening. Why is this a ‘good’ death?  Christians for centuries have seen in this innocent man’s death the freely-given compassion of God entering into our darkest sorrows and fears.  The Son of God faced this for us?

Easter!

  • Multi-Church Easter Vigil (March 30, @ Mary’s, 8pm, 11203 68 St in Highlands) – The news rings out: Christ is risen from the dead! Let us rise and go to meet him.  Join our fellow Anglicans in this beautiful and rich service marking the news of resurrection through fire, prayer, song, and scripture.
  • Easter Sunday (April 1, 8am & 10am) The resurrection celebrated at St. A’s. We celebrate together in Holy Communion and the blessing of Easter baskets.  The Liturgical Season of Easter is 50 days – Join us on Sundays as we continue our celebration.

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Come and see – Please pray if there is someone who you would like to invite to join you for this Easter worship.  Perhaps a friend, or neighbor who you think might appreciate what we do at St. A’s.  There are some invitation cards in the narthex if they are handy to you.

Blessing of Easter baskets Easter Sunday morning – SEE BELOW

Easter Flowers – If you would like to donate to flowers for Easter to Honour or in Loving Memory of someone special in your life, please contact June G at the church office

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The Blessing of Easter baskets

Easter Sunday at St. Augustine’s

In life, we have moments of both feasting and fasting.  There are times when it is appropriate to gather friends together and have a celebration of richness, but there are also times when to celebrate so richly seems disingenuous to the situation.  Lent and Easter, in one part, allow us to embody these moments of joy and sorrow and see them gathered up in the Person and Passion of Jesus.  Our gathering at the cross is our Fast, our celebration of the resurrection our Feast.  God is in both places.

Since somewhere around the 15th century, Christians, particularly in the Ukraine and Poland, have marked the end of Lent with a blessing of festal baskets.  It is the ‘first meal’ blessed to mark our entry into a season of Feasting – the 50 days of Easter.  It is a reminder as well of how our lives at home and at church are to be connected.  This is a balance to whatever fasting you may have chosen to take up in Lent – some fast from meat, consumerism, driving, screens, facebook or whatever seems right in your context and life at the moment.  This is one way we enter the self-giving of Christ.

A blessing will be offered as part of our celebration liturgy at St. Augustine’s on Easter Sunday @ 10am.  If you wish to join in, this will prove a fine way for you to enter into the liturgical act of Easter.

If you wish, kids may bring a basket of goodies to be blessed as well.

Option Abring a selection of items from your tradition that you will eat for Easter brunch/dinner.  Decorate the basket, add a candle and bring the basket to church Easter Sunday.  You may want to include some of the traditional items below as well.

Option BBelow are the traditional items included in such a basket which gather up the whole story of Christ’s Passion in their symbolism.  You may decorate the basket with a candle, greens, and embroidered cloth.

  1. Paska – A sweet yeast bread rich in eggs and butter symbolic of Christ himself, the true bread.  Paska is traditionally round in shape, decorated with a dough braid around the perimeter and an ornamental cross in the center which marks the means of Christ’s death.
  2. Baked Ham – Symbolic of the great joy and abundance of God’s grace shown in Christ.  Lamb or Veal may also be chosen.
  3. Kobasa – A spicy, garlicky, smoked pork sausage indicative of God’s favor and generosity.
  4. Red Beet vinaigrette with Horseradish (or just horseradish) – reminiscent of the suffering of Christ in color and bitterness.  Sweetened with sugar on account of the resurrection.
  5. Salt – necessary for flavor and a reminder of Christians to be delightful servants in the world.
  6. Butter – Often artfully displayed.  Symbolic of the goodness of Christ. (Butter makes things better!)
  7. Cheese – A reminder for Christians to live a life of balance and moderation.  The cheese is often creamed and presented in a similar way to the butter.
  8. Hard-boiled Eggs – Jesus breaks forth from the tomb as a chick breaks from its shell.  The eggs may be decorated as a sign of how the resurrection transforms the tomb into a place where life is celebrated.
“Taste and see that the Lord is good!”

Can you taste the Story?  Be that celebration in the spaces you live in and have a great celebration with friends and family.