What Happens at Easter?

Easter, or the Pascha, is the high holy day of the Christian year when we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. Following his crucifixion on Friday, Jesus was placed in a cave-like tomb, and a stone was rolled across the entrance. Sunday morning, Mary Magdalene, who had been a close friend to Jesus, went to place flowers and spices at the tomb. When she arrived, the stone had been rolled away and the body of Jesus was not inside. This is at once the one of the most simple and one of the most complex mysteries of our Faith.

At the Advocate we join with the Church around the world, and re-member the resurrection in two distinct liturgies.

IMG_4811On Saturday night we gather for the Great Vigil of Easter. This is the first and primary liturgy of Easter, in which we celebrate the resurrection itself (it happened sometime during the night after all). We gather at 8 PM in the Chapel, move out into the  darkness, light the paschal fire, and hear the ancient chant called the Exsultet. Then follows a series of lessons and songs, recounting God’s saving works. We renew our Baptismal vows, declare the Paschal Shout. (Bring plenty of noisemakers for this part of the service!), and celebrate the Eucharist.

On Easter morning, we gather in the Chapel at 10:30 AM to join with Mary and realize the discovery of the resurrection. After hearing the Gospel story we will share a simple Easter Dance, then the Eucharist and a festival potluck (as you are able, bring a festival Easter dish to share). Kids are encouraged to bring baskets for an Easter egg hunt.

The Celebration of Easter will continue for 50 days. Join in the celebration Sunday by Sunday, April 3 – May 8, for Eucharist, song and fellowship at 10:30 AM. Or for a contemplative Eucharist at 5 PM.