Busy schedule of Easter services

Father Michael Sellers.
Father Michael Sellers.

We had a busy schedule of services in our church over Easter.

We began on Palm Sunday remembering Jesus entering Jerusalem, we carried palms recalling how the people laid palm branches in front of him as a welcome.

St Mary and Joseph Catholic Church, Pocklington.

St Mary and Joseph Catholic Church, Pocklington.

On Thursday we recalled the events of the Last Supper, how Jesus made his twelve apostles priests and bishops and how he washed their feet as a sign of humility and service, how he took bread and wine and consecrated it into his body and blood and gave it to them, and how he commanded them to ‘Do this in memory of me’.

On Good Friday we came together at 3pm, the traditional time of Jesus’ death on the cross. We read the Gospel story of his arrest, trials and sufferings, his journey to Calvary carrying his cross and his death and burial.

On the eve of Easter we met at night to commemorate the history of mankind and the guiding hand of God throughout, as recorded in the bible.

We heard the story of God creating the universe and everything in it, with human beings the most precious part of Creation with immortal souls.

We heard the story of Moses who led the chosen people out of slavery and into the promised land.

We also heard how God promised to send a Saviour to finally establish his kingdom for all time. We heard the Gospel of how Jesus rose from the dead and began to appear to groups of his followers.

The two great symbols of Easter in each Catholic church are light and water. We bless the Easter candle which shows the five wounds of Jesus and light it as a sign of the resurrection.

We all hold a small candle as a sign of our faith that Jesus has conquered the devil, sin and death.

We also bless water for baptisms; reminding ourselves of our own baptism we renew our commitment to be faithful to God and his Church.

We joined together with the whole Church throughout the world in celebrating all these events and we prayed that our faith would be renewed and strengthened.

May our celebrations bear fruit in our daily lives.