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EASTER MESSAGE from The Vicarage
Although Easter is a ‘moveable feast’ we alwaysassociate it with new beginnings –
new-born lambs, spring bulbs, everything turning green, and the lawn in our
gardens beginning to grow again. In fact our gardens suddenly come to life after
being dormant all winter. This is a particular joy for me this year living in a
new house and garden, with the anticipation of waiting to see what comes up, and
finding out what the various shrubs are. Easter and Spring give us a feeling of
optimism, as the days lengthen and we look forward to the warmer Summer weather.
The Easter Eggs that we exchange are of course
signs of new birth. The original tradition was to use dyed or painted chicken
eggs, but of course this has largely been replaced with chocolate eggs. For
Christians, Easter eggs symbolise not only the empty tomb, but also the bursting
forth of the risen Christ from the tomb - just like the baby chick bursts forth
from an egg.
If you are lucky enough to be given a ‘Real
Easter Egg’, you will have not only a tasty chocolate egg, but also the Easter
Story – reminding us that this is the most important festival of the church year
– the celebration of Jesus Christ’s Resurrection from the dead. He gave his life
that our sins might be forgiven, and that we might have life more abundantly
(John 10 v 10).
As we celebrate Easter, by joining in our Easter
Egg Hunt on Easter morning, or attending the services in Holy Week (details on
this website), let’s thank God for his creation, for the miracle of new life,
and for new beginnings.
For this Parish, I believe that this Easter will
see the beginnings of new shoots in the life of our churches, and I look forward
to seeing where God takes us in our journey following Christ, in our personal
lives, in our church life, and in our involvement in the wider community.
A Very Happy Easter to you all !
Andrew Rycraft (Revd)
Priest in Charge
Parish of Exning with Landwade
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