Starting backwards ... yesterday ... Good Friday ... ended with the traditional service of Tenebrae. This year we were in the Methodist Church and enjoyed their facility to dim the lights gradually.
As always it is a very moving experience of the retelling of the Passion Narrative with the symbols of the candles being extinguished emphasizing the growing darkness from which the event gets its title: tenebrae (shadows).
It was the tray with thirty silver sweets that gave the game away!
We took it to the Easter Garden and spread the ash at the foot of the cross, hearing again Jesus' words of forgiveness and cleansing.
With the snow almost gone from Belfast (though not from the hills) there's been a bit of time to walk the dog ... and no blog would be complete without a few pictures of the happy mutt ...
So ... with a hot cross bun (or two) for breakfast ... they are the mini size ... it is soon off to Saint Nicholas' to open up for Saturday tea/coffee and to begin preparations for the transformation of the Easter Garden to its resurrection glory! Pictures to follow!
A prayer for Easter Eve:
that we who are baptized into the death
of your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ
may continually put to death our evil desires
and be buried with him;
and that through the grave and gate of death
we may pass to our joyful resurrection;
through his merits, who died and was buried
and rose again for us,
your Son Jesus Christ our Lord.