Monday, 16 April 2012

Easter Eve Saturday

On the Saturday before Easter Sunday, the church was busy with folk bearing armfuls of foliage and flowers to decorate the church for the following day.

Despite what looked like a florists wholesale market, one member of the vestry was seen, loppers in hand heading off across the burying ground for 'just a bit more green stuff' to be added to the camellias, the rhodos, early cherry blossom, daffydills, tulips and the brazen orange of something relocated from the rectory garden, the name of which I forget. It is all so different from the luxury of the dark green and copious boughs that decked the walls at Christmas. It was and is all very pretty and very satisfying, a fitting tribute to the new beginnings in the resurrection of our Lord and the first days of spring.

Saturday, 7 April 2012

A baptism

Last week the Rev Michael Kitchener baptised his granddaughter at a service full of friends and family.

Rev Keith Riglin holding Sorcha on the left

The service was held at St Columbas Church Poltalloch near Kilmartin.  Father Michael was the main officiant while Rev Keith Riglin, our interim priest, performed the Antointine and laying  on of hands.

Sorcha didn't seem to mind her immersion and wore a pretty pink bathing suit for the occasion!

It is with great delight and joy that we welcome little Sorcha Eilidh in to our church family.

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Spy Wednesday

Whilst checking that I had spelled Maundy (as in Maundy Thursday) correctly, I discovered, via Wikipedia, that today is sometimes known as 'Spy Wednesday'.
Wikipedia says: In Western Christianity, the Wednesday before Easter is sometimes known as "Spy Wednesday",as a reference to the betrayal of Jesus by Judas Iscariot, indicating that it is the day that Judas Iscariot first conspired with the Sanhedrin to betray Jesus for thirty silver coins.

Did you know that Maundy Thursday is also known as: Holy Thursday, Covenant Thursday, Great and Holy Thursday, Sheer Thursday and Thursday of Mysteries, is the Christian feast or holy day falling on the Thursday before Easter that commemorates the Last Supper of Jesus Christ with the Apostles as described in the Canonical gospels.  It is the fifth day of Holy Week, and is preceded by Spy Wednesday and followed by Good Friday.

And that correctly the Saturday before Easter should not be called Easter Saturday as that is the Saturday after Easter but Black Saturday or Holy Saturday.
Holy Saturday (Latin: Sabbatum Sanctum), sometimes known as Easter Eve or Black Saturday, is the day after Good Friday. It is the day before Easter and the last day of Holy Week in which Christians prepare for Easter. It commemorates the day that Jesus Christ's body laid in the tomb.

We are having two services on Maundy Thursday both Eucharist, one at 10.30am and one at 7.30pm during which we will be stripping the alter.

There is a three hour Ecumenical drop in service on Good Friday, periods of silence, music and prayer lead by the ministers of Lochgilphead.

The church will be decorated for Easter day on Saturday morning and the the Easter Service at Christ Church will be at 11.00am.

Do come along to one of our services during Holy week and be assured you will receive a warm welcome.

A picture of some of the baskets of flowers we have been selling to raise funds for Christ Church

References from Wikipedia:
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Holy Saturday -