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Easter Feast – a message for Easter for the readers of Winchester Today from the Dean of Winchester, The Very Revd Catherine Ogle.
Perhaps you watched Mary Berry’s ‘Easter Feast’ on the TV? The programmes explored the Easter eating traditions of Christians across the world. We took a delicious journey through British Chocolate Easter eggs, Hot cross buns and roast lamb through Mediterranean sea bass to Russian pashka and Polish babka. Faith was there in each mouthful.
Here at home, Easter eggs remind us of the potential for new life. Hollow Easter eggs represent the tomb left empty when Jesus rose from the dead. The embedded cross in the hot cross bun represents the cross that killed him, made sweet to eat, on Easter Day.
This year, once again, all over the world, people will celebrate the great feast of Easter with food and family gatherings. The faith that is deeply woven into these celebrations teaches the victory of love over hatred, life over death.
God’s Son took the worst that humanity could do to him, and it was all transformed into new life. Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ as the great and ultimate triumph of love.
Now that’s something worth celebrating. Have a very Happy Easter!
As far as Easter Week at the Cathedral is concerned, a service commemorating the institution of The Last Supper will take place at 7pm on Maundy Thursday (13 April). Then to Good Friday (14 April), when there will be a three hour service commencing at 12 midday – the choral liturgy begins at 1.30pm. At 5.30pm the Girl Choristers will sing Choral Evensong, a poignant moment as the congregation reflects upon the momentous events 2000 years ago.
Services on Easter Day itself (16 April) will be 8am Holy Communion, 10am Choral Mattins (Preacher: The Bishop), 11.15am Festal Eucharist (Preacher: The Dean) and 3.30 Choral Evensong.
Meanwhile, the Rector of St Matthew’s – Peter Seal – is using the completion of refurbishment there to remind us that the church is “always open” – no matter what troubles there may be.
Writing in his ‘Easter Greetings’ leaflet, Canon Peter says that we “continue to live through such strange days”, and part of what we can do together is to go on talking to one another.
He says that in Holy Week and Easter, we can remember that small acts of kindness to others “really do make a difference.”