Continuing our reflections on worship at Easter. Thank you to Mycah, our Parish Volunteer, for her thoughts:
This year’s Lenten season swept me away into a deeper understanding of my Christian Faith, and much of that had to do with the telling and retelling of the story of Jesus leading up to his death on the cross.
During the forty days of Lent, the Stations of the Cross were said on a Friday by different people every week, which gave way for differing meditations as we went on a small pilgrimage around the edge of the church contemplating the significance of each station. The fourteen stations go through the condemning of Jesus to Crucifixion by Pilate, his carrying the cross to the place he was hung on it, and then his body being laid in the tomb.
This weekly repetition of the story where it was not only heard and seen, but also physically walked had a deep impact on how I went into Holy Week.
The church was stripped bare, unadorned, and quieted before the Great Three Days began. I found myself spending a lot of time staring at the blank altar, rethinking the story of Maundy Thursday and how when Jesus was spirited away after praying in the Garden of Gethsemane, so too was the representation of Christ in our church hidden away until the joy of the resurrection at the Easter Vigil with the relighting of the church and the eruption of flowers everywhere.
I not only listened to the story this year on a Sunday morning as I had done in the past, but also felt the life of the central piece of our Christian story living in me and flowing through into the community that surrounds me.
It was deeply impactful and will be something that I will carry forward from my time at St Chrysostoms.