Experience Easter was an opportunity at the beginning of Holy Week
(April 16, 2011) to make a personal journey through the story of the last week of Christ’s earthly life. The
St Martins church was laid out with six stations prepared
by members of our congregations.
There were six points in the story
to stop and
People in Jesus’ land were dreaming of a time when they
would be free from the Romans who ruled their lives and their country.
They were waiting for a leader who would help them to overthrow their
When Jesus came to Jerusalem the crowd were restless and
excited. They had heard of Jesus’ teaching and miracles and they hoped
he would be the one to free them from Rome rule.
The crowds cheered and waved palm branches as he rode
into the city on a donkey. To the religious leaders who grumbled he said
that if the crowds were silent the very stones would cry out.
We all have hopes and dreams for the future – I wonder
what yours are?
Choose a stone and draw a symbol or a tiny picture that
represents your hopes and dreams. You can place it at the cairn beneath
the cross at the end of the road.
When you have finished move to the Lady Chapel on your
right to the Servant King
Jesus lived in a hot and arid land. Most people travelled
from place to place on foot. It was the custom to welcome visitors by
washing their feet in cool, clean water. Normally a household servant
But the night before he died Jesus took off his outer
clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that he poured
water into a bowl and began to wash and dry his disciple’s feet.
He said “I have set you an
example that you should do as I have done for you”
A prayer by St Teresa of Avila
Christ has no body now on earth but yours:
Yours are the only hands, with which he can do his work,
Yours are the only feet with which he can go about the
Yours are the only eyes through which his compassion can
forth upon a troubled world
Christ has no Body now on earth but yours.
Dip your fingers into the water and make the sign of the
cross on the palm of your hands and ask God to help you to serve others
in a special way this Easter.
When you are ready move into the chancel to the table
Jesus knew that soon the soldiers would come to arrest
him and he would be sentenced to death. He went with his friends to a
garden called Gethsemane and asked them to keep watch for him while he
But they were tired and fell asleep.
In the darkness Jesus felt very alone. Even so, he
trusted himself to God’s care.
Often we feel most alone in the dark and when it is very
Think of a time when you have felt very alone.
Take a piece of Play –do and create a shape or a figure
that reminds you of a time when you were lonely or afraid.
Hold it in your hands and hear Gods words
“I have called you by name, you are mine” Isaiah 43v1
“ I have loved you with an everlasting love…” Jeremiah
“ Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Do not
let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid” John 14 v27
Place your shape in the garden and leave it there with
Find a place to sit and ‘survey the wondrous cross’
The soldiers led Jesus outside the walls of Jerusalem to
Golgotha, which means the place of the skull. A crown of thorns had been place
on his head. They nailed him to the cross and fastened a notice to it that read
‘Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.’ While they waited for Jesus to die
the soldiers threw dice to see which one of them would have Jesus’ robe for
themselves. As he hung there he became thirsty and they offered him a sponge
soaked in vinegar.
At three o’clock- Jesus died.
On the cross Jesus shared our sorrows.
Look through the newspapers and find a person or a situations
that you want to pray for, that you want to bring to Jesus .
Cut it out and as you pray attach them to the cross and leave
When you are ready move on to Resurrection
by the main door
Angels proclaimed the birth of Jesus and after his death
on the cross it was an angel who told the women that Jesus was alive.
It happened very early in the morning when Mary Magdalene
and two other women came to Jesus tomb.
As they reached the entrance they were startled by the
dazzling figure of an angel who said “do not be afraid, for I know that
you have been looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here. He
has risen, just as he said he would. Come and see the place where he
The gospels don’t not try to explain the resurrection.
The resurrection explains the gospels!
Belief in the resurrection in not an addition to the
Christian faith ; It is the Christian faith. Without the resurrection
the Christian faith doesn’t make any sense. He has left the grave behind
and changed forever the way we feel about death.
Of course it’s baffling and unexpected. It confounds the
wisdom of the wise and the piety of the religious. You can’t pin Jesus
“ I don’t live in boxes . I jump out of tombs………..”
Imagine what it had been like for the disciples to have
put such faith in Jesus, only to see it all go so badly wrong.
We need to imagine ourselves at a point of complete
emptiness and hopelessness, where it appears everything is over. Only
then can we be ready to receive the absolute surprise of the new
beginning, which is the resurrection of Jesus
There is now a new hope and the promise of a new life for
the whole of God’s beloved and broken humanity.
Help yourself to a mini egg
a symbol of new life and hope for the future.
Alleluia Christ is risen
He is risen indeed Alleluia!
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