Last week was Holy Week for the Episcopal Church, ending the Christian season Lent with the celebration of Jesus’ resurrection on Easter Sunday. 2009 was one of those rare calendar years when the Jewish Passover celebration coincided with Holy Week. So, St. Andrew’s celebration of the
Last Supper or seder on Maundy Thursday actually took place on Passover.
Our family was in church on Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, and on Saturday night for the Easter Vigil. John and I both read Genesis passages during the mostly-candlelit Easter Vigil. He read the story of
Noah’s ark and I read about the Sacrifice of Isaac. There were five baptisms, wonderful music, and lovely flowers.
However, Easter morning itself was dedicated to a private celebration of Spring’s renewal of life: our family Easter Egg Hunt. We worked on the garden for weeks in preparation. We hosted ten happy children, plus twenty adults for our annual egg hunt and
The Easter Bunny hid over 150 eggs, including the gold and silver
eggs for adults. The Bunny leaves two poems as the only clues:
|Gold Egg Poem
You can’t see me even a bit,
But I can see little birds fly.
On the uppermost tier I sit
Hard earth protects me ‘though I’m high.
|Silver Egg Poem
Dark and dirty, I’m down low,
Between the sleepers to be found.
Don’t hit your head or hit your toe,
Be careful looking for my mound!
The silver egg was under WP668, our backyard caboose (in the ballast). It was found quickly. However, the gold egg took hours to locate: it was under a flowerpot sitting on the retaining wall. I traded big chocolate bunnies for the gold and silver eggs to the two children who found them. They were delighted with the prizes (and to have found the eggs intended for the grownups!).
||Palm Sunday Procession
||Palm Sunday Altar
||Parts of our seder
|Easter Vigil Baptisms
||Cross over altar
||Gold and Siver Easter Eggs
||Easter Bunny with Eggs in a Basket
Images Copyright 2009 by John Plocher and Katy Dickinson