The Easter Garden

When is Easter?
The Easter Season begins on Easter Day and lasts fifty days, ending at Pentecost. It is a 'moveable feast' because the date of it is fixed according to the moon - it can fall on or between 21 March and 25 April.

The empty tombWhy do we celebrate Easter?
Easter is the oldest and the most important Christian festival celebrating the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Easter Sunday brings a message of new life because Jesus rose from the dead and lives forever.

The Story
On Good Friday Jesus was crucified on the cross and after he died his body was taken down, wrapped in linen and buried in a tomb. A large heavy stone was rolled in front of the entrance and the guards kept watch. On the following Sunday, Easter morning, several women visited the grave and discovered that the stone had been rolled away and the tomb was empty (see the picture of St. James's Easter Garden on the left). Jesus himself was later seen by different people and so his followers realised that Jesus had risen from the dead.

EasterEaster Morning Service at St James's 
On Easter Sunday there is an Easter Eucharist which is a particularly joyful service. During Lent the Gloria, 'Glory to God in the highest', is not sung, neither is the word 'alleluia' used and there are no flowers in church. On Easter Day the Gloria and the word 'alleluia' are used again and church is filled with flowers. St James's, like other churches, makes an Easter Garden, recreating in miniature the place where Jesus was buried. A stone is placed across the mouth of a tomb before Easter, then rolled away on Easter morning. 

Easter eggs symbolise new life and at St James's there is a basket of chocolate eggs that are given out to the congregation. Our church is always beautifully decorated for this most important and significant festival.

Read the Easter Story.

Have a look at the Easter Story created by the Sunday School.

The church colour for Easter is white (or gold) and is used for the light, joy and purity of Christ. The frontal on the altar, the altar cloths, the pulpit fall and the Bible book mark are changed to match the colour of the priest's robes.