As usual, Holy Week was very busy at St. Augustine’s, with lots of significant events throughout the week, all leading up to the biggie — Easter Sunday!
We began with Passion Sunday (formerly known as Palm Sunday) when we marked Jesus’ arrival in Jerusalem, beginning the week that would lead up to the resurrection. We held and waved palm branches as we walked around the neighbourhood in the chilly morning air singing, ‘All Glory, Laud, and Honour.’ At the end of the service, crosses formed of folded palms were given to all.
In the middle of the week (Wednesday), we held our regular twice-monthly service at Copper Sky Seniors’ Lodge in Spruce Grove.
Thursday evening was the Maundy Thursday service at the church, followed by our annual Good Friday service on Friday at noon. There, we all placed carnations onto a wooden cross, erected in the middle of our stark, stripped worship space.
On Saturday, beginning at 6pm, we combined our typical Easter Vigil service with Messy Church. Dozens of children and their parents arrived to take part in making crafts (most notably noisemakers and other musical percussion instruments to announce the vigil), having a fire outside the front doors of our church from which to light the Pascal Candle, continuing the service inside in our “redesigned” sanctuary by candlelight, and then having the children gather around Rev. Billy and Rev. Aaron for a instructed Eucharist.
On Sunday, we rejoiced in our Lord’s resurrection with song and praise and cake!
Pictures – mostly of the Easter Vigil service – can be viewed here.