Holy Week and Easter at St Peter's, Rawdon
April 18 Maunday Thursday 7.00 pm
Maunday Thursday Holy Communion
April 19 Good Friday 8.00 pm
A Tenebrae is a traditional service that can take place in the days preceding Easter. Tenebrae means darkness or shadows It involves gradually extinguishing candles one by one as we focus on the events of the passion & crucifixion of our Lord Jesus
Towards the end of the service we are in darkness - and traditionally a loud noise marks the moment the light of Christ being extinguished and darkness taking over.
We leave in Darkness - this Good Friday we will celebrate with a contemporary interpretation of this service using moving contemporary worship songs and video.
We hope you can join us
April 20th Easter Saturday
The Lighting of the Easter Fire and Easter Vigil
The Easter fire
Walk up the path from Town St to St Peter's lit by tea lights in jars for the lighting of the Easter fire outside Church at XXX You are invited to join us lighting sparklers, toasting marshmallows, and enjoying a warm drink (outside if weather allows (or under shelter if not). A relaxed family and community event.
The Easter Vigil
.. we then light the Easter Candle from the Easter fire and take it inside Church Gradually candles are lit and the light spreads as a sign of our growing hope of resurrection as we listen to the prophecies of how God's big plan will be fulfilled.
April 21 Easter Sunday
Torchlight Procession up the Billing to greet the Easter Sunrise
We light a fire, hear the Easter Story read, sing songs of resurrection hopefully while witnessing a glorious Billing Sunrise - before returning to enjoy a full English cooked breakfast at St Peter's (vegetarian options available)
8.00 am Holy Communion - Book of Common Prayer
10.00 am Easter Sunday Family Eucharist and Festival of the Lilies.
Make and bring paper lilies (or real lilies if you prefer. The lily is a symbol of resurrection which is why it is a traditional flower at funerals and on Easter Sunday. If weather allows we lay paper or real lilies on the graves of our beloved departed in the church yard outside - but if it is windy or wet on a memorial area inside the church.
Of course there will also be the traditional Easter egg hunt and Easter bonnets, and Easter bunny costumes etc are moist welcome , though of course optional!