Easter

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       There are several church services and events during the week leading up to
        Easter. Holy Week itself is from Palm Sunday until the Saturday before
        Easter Day. 

 

                                                         Background
   
                  

               
                                

Easter is the most important of all Christian festivals. All churches throughout

the world and down through the ages believe that Jesus was crucified and that

after three days he rose from the dead. Easter Sunday is a celebration of his

resurrection. Although this belief is fundamental to  Christianity it was difficult for

many in the early church to grasp and so to convince them of the importance of it

 the apostle Paul, one of the 1st century founders ofChristianity, wrote to the newly

 formed church:

          "If Christ hasn't come back to life, our message has no meaning and your

            faith also has no meaning...."

 

                     
                    
 the empty cross in Craigsbank church is a symbol of the resurrection of Jesus

                                         


Lead up to Easter

Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and covers a period of approximately six weeks

before Easter Sunday. Lent is a season of reflection and preparation before the

celebrations of Easter. By observing the 40 days of Lent, Christians replicate Jesus'

sacrifice and withdrawal into the desert for 40 days prior to his ministry. Lent is often

marked by fasting, both from food and festivities.  Find out more about Lent.   

                                                                                    

Holy Week - is the week just before Easter. It is the last week of Lent, and includes

Palm SundayMaundy Thursday and Good Friday.

 

Palm Sunday
 

On Palm Sunday Christians celebrate the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem.

This occurred the week before his death and resurrection.  When Jesus entered

Jerusalem, the crowds greeted him by waving palm branches and covering his path

with palm branches.This great welcome contrasts vividly with the events later that week

 which which led to his being put to death on the Friday.

Read more about Palm Sunday

 

                            
                           Frescoe from Church of Saviour on the Spilled Blood, St Petersburg

 


Maundy Thursday

Maundy Thursday commemorates the Last Supper of Jesus with the disciples.

During the meal Jesus took bread and wine and shared it with them. The Last

Supper was a Passover meal – the meal Jewish people share to celebrate the time

when God delivered Moses and the people from slavery in Egypt.
 

              
                                       The Last Supper     Nikolai 1831 -1894            

The night of Maundy Thursday is the night on which Jesus was betrayed by Judas

in the Garden of Gethsemane. Read more 

The name Maundy comes from the Latin mandatum meaning a commandment.

At the Last Supper Jesus said:
                           “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved

                            you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know

                            that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

                                                      Read more about Maundy Thursday

 


Good Friday
 

This is the day on which Christ was crucified. It is not a day for celebration but

for quiet remembrance. The Corstorphine churches mark it with a walk through

the streets carrying a cross . This is followed by a joint service.

 

                      
                                                      Corstorphine Churches Together

                                                

                     
                                         Christ Crowned with Thorns, Bouts c1415      

     


 Easter Sunday    

Christians believe that on Easter Sunday Christ rose from from the dead. This event

is called the Resurrection. This makes Easter Sunday the focal point of the Christian

calendar.


Read more about the  Resurrection

 

                     
                                               

      There are special celebrations at Craigsbank church - a breakfast

       and a family communion service.             

     


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