2014 - Easter Service
Prior to the Easter Service a Easter Vigil was held. Everyone gathered in front of the Chapel. The Choir greeted us with a special Easter morning song, one of our Wardens did a reading fitted for this moment and then a flame was lit in a bowl. According to ancient tradition, the light for the Easter Candle was taken from newly kindled fire and not from an already existing source of light. This was the followed by a short prayer. Then five incense grains were attached to the new Easter Candle, symbolising the wounds of Christ.
Then a short prayer followed: "Christ yesterday and today, the beginning and the end, Alpha and Omega, all time belongs to him, and all ages; to him be glory and power, through every age and for ever. Amen"
After lighting the Candle our Chaplain Alja continued with the words: "May the light of Christ rising in Glory banish all darkness from our hearts and minds". Then proceeding with the words from the Gospel according to Luke 24.1-12. "But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they came to the tomb, taking the spices that they had prepared. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in, they did not find the body. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
After the Gospel the Candle was brought into the Chapel followed by the congregation.
On the Saturday prior, the Chapel had been decorated especially for the Easter Service by the ladies of the Flower Guild as with some beautiful flower arrangements.
Also the Ad Hoc Choir had been rehearsing for the Easter Service. They supported the congregation with their voices and at the end of the service they had a special surprise by singing the Alleluia from George Fredric Handel. They invited everyone who did know the words to join in.
Upon leaving the Church the children from Sunday school had also a surprise for everyone. During the service they did hide chocolate Easter eggs near the exit and on the path towards the Hut. Also Marie-Jose did offer everyone a nice Easter biscuit at the exit and in the Hut afterwards there was again coffee and tea with the opportunity to have a nice chat.