The Risen Lord and Mary Magdalene
A HAPPY AND HOLY EASTER TO ALL
Sunday 5th April – EASTER SUNDAY
5.00 pm NO Evening Prayer and Benediction (St. Peter’s)
6.00pm Mass (St Peter’s)
Canon Paul writes: Mary of Magdala, Mary the mother of James and Salome were the three women who, according to Mark, came very early in the morning to anoint the body of Jesus on the first day of the week. The sun was just rising. They discovered that the stone which closed the tomb had been removed and the body of Jesus was missing. They went into the tomb and discovered a young man in a white robe sitting on the right hand side. I always wonder, when I hear this Gospel, if he was the young man who ran away naked just before Jesus was arrested.
The young man’s message to the women is all important for us as we celebrate Jesus’ resurrection today. He said “There is no need for alarm. You are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified; he has risen, he is not here. See, here is the place where they laid him. But you must go and tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going before you to Galilee; it is there you will see him, just as he told you.’” (Mark 16.6-7)
Those women, who were the first witnesses of the resurrection of Jesus – according to Mark – would discover its true meaning when they left Jerusalem and returned to Galilee. It was in Galilee, the place of their everyday life, that they discovered Jesus, learned from him and became his disciples. Now, after his resurrection, they would discover his risen presence in the ordinariness of their daily lives in Galilee with the Sunday celebration of the Eucharist at the heart of the experience that Jesus was alive.
As we leave our celebration of the Eucharist today, having renewed the commitment of our Baptism, we know that our risen Lord has gone before us into the ordinariness of our daily lives, it there that we will see him. In prayer, in the delight and challenge of being alive, in gratitude for his many gifts, let us recognise the presence and action of the risen Lord. And to keep our faith and trust alive, let us gather to recognise him every Sunday at Mass ‘in the Breaking of Bread.
EASTER IN ALRESFORD
Holy Saturday at St Gregory’s: the Paschal Candle is lit by Monsignor Tom, marking the beginning of the Easter Vigil Service
Approximately sixty people belonging to the worshipping communities of Alresford united under the banner of Churches Together in Alresford met on Good Friday morning for the traditional Walk of Witness. Starting from the Methodist church and stopping at various stations in the centre of he town, this act of worship included prayers, readings and hymns. It ended in the Community Hall where refreshments, including hot cross buns, were offered to those who took part to the Walk and to passers-by.
Thanks to Laura Brill for words and pictures.
This week: Thursday 9th April – Pie Club. Home cooked two course meal, good company and a talk about UN Peacekeeping. 12.45 until about 2.30pm in the Pastoral Centre. All are welcome.
This was last month’s meeting, with a fascinating talk on Parish history by John Thornhill:
Next week: Sunday 12th April – Annual Divine Mercy Mass is at 3.00pm in St. Peter’s followed by refreshments in the Pastoral Centre.
Encounter and T3 Young People Sessions
Thanks to the enthusiasm and dedication of the Encounter and T3 team, a group of Young People have had the opportunity to deepen their faith and their understanding of scripture through listening, reflection and discussion.
Thanks also to the Catenians whose kind donation towards the cost of course resources resulted in the Young People having this valuable experience and in the sessions being more accessible to more youngsters.
Watch out for more faith journey opportunities in the future!