Celebrating Easter Sunday

The Empty Tomb, a small table covered with a white cloth pulled back to revel just the rocks and cloth bands used to cover our Jesus figure, who is no longer there

The day to celebrate

the resurrection The Empty Tomb, a small table covered with a white cloth pulled back to revel just the rocks and cloth bands used to cover our Jesus figure, who is no longer there of Jesus

is our highest holy day.

We celebrate this day

in a number of ways

in our home. The

table that has been

Golgotha and then the

tomb on Good Friday

and Holy Saturday

has been transformed.

It is covered with 

a white and gold

cloth which is

pulled aside to

reveal only the 

rocks and cloth

bands that were

used to cover Jesus.  An

Easter lily has also been

placed next to the table.

In the dining room, our best white table cloth covers the table, a resurrected

Jesus figure stands next to the new Christ candle and the table is set with

our best dishes.  On each plate is a chocolate lamb.  We light the new Christ

candle (see candle lighting), read the story from the gospel of John (20: 1-18)

pray and sing a joyous hymn.  Then we feast on a wonderful breakfast,

usually waffles with strawberries and sparkling apple juice, before getting ready 

for worship.  Often there is the gift of new clothes set out, at least for our

son (this harks back to the white robe that new Christians were given after

their baptism at worship on Easter).

We highly recommend gathering with fellow Christians, preferably the whole

congregation or at least as many as can gather, for a champagne lunch 

together after worship.  As our North American culture becomes increasingly

secular (those who hold to no religion) and pluralistic (a number of religions 

existing along side one another) the feast day of Jesus’ resurrection will 

become less of a family celebration and more of a church family celebration.

 

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