THE PASCHAL TRIDUUMMaundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday and the Easter Vigil represent one uninterrupted service of worship. Please come and experience the last days of Jesus's life, culminating in his crucifixion and resurrection.
MAUNDAY THURSDAY,APRIL 13 7.30pm, Littlewick Green: Holy Communion followed by the Vigil.
Maundy, a corruption of Latin, mandatum means new commandment: 'Just as I have loved you, you should also love one another.' (John 13: 34). At the Last Supper Jesus washed his disciples feet. On Maundy Thursday we re-enact this by the priest washing the feet of representative members of the congregation. This is followed by the Communion, obeying Jesus's command at the Last Supper: 'Do this in remembrance of me'. Then the transition to Good Friday begins and the altar is stripped and all decoration removed, symbolising the stripping of Jesus, both his clothing and his dignity. Finally the lights are dimmed as the vigil begins. The church remains open for quiet prayer and meditation until 10.30pm.
HOLY SATURDAY, APRIL 15 8pm Littlewick Green: The Vigil Holy Saturday: The silence of the tomb. Then, in the evening, at the Easter vigil, we move from that darkness towards the light of the resurrection. The Easter Vigil service includes three short parts: a)The service of light - the church begins in darkness before the lighting of the Paschal candle,from a bonfire outside the church. This marks the official start of the Easter season. b) Renewal of baptism vows and c) Preparation for communion as we look forward to Easter.
EASTER DAY, APRIL 16 Christ is risen! He is risen indeed!