Holy Week, Passover, Egg Hunt

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
garden party.

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

Palm Sunday Service, St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Saratoga, California photo: copyright 2009 Katy Dickinson

Palm Sunday Procession

Palm Sunday Procession, St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Saratoga, California photo: copyright 2009 Katy Dickinson

Palm Sunday Altar

Palm Sunday Altar, St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Saratoga, California photo: copyright 2009 Katy Dickinson

Joyous Haggadah

Joyous Illuminated Haggadah photo: copyright 2009 Katy Dickinson

Parts of our seder

Parts of our seder, St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Saratoga, California photo: copyright 2009 Katy Dickinson

Maundy Thursday

Maundy Thursday seder meal booklet, St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Saratoga, California photo: copyright 2009 Katy Dickinson

Easter Vigil Baptisms

Easter Vigil Baptisms, St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Saratoga, California photo: copyright 2009 John Plocher

Cross over altar

Cross over altar, St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Saratoga, California photo: copyright 2009 Katy Dickinson

Easter flowers

Easter flowers, St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Saratoga, California photo: copyright 2009 Katy Dickinson

Floral Golgotha

Golgotha with Flowers, St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Saratoga, California photo: copyright 2009 Katy Dickinson

Gold and Siver Easter Eggs

Gold and Siver Easter Eggs photo: copyright 2009 Katy Dickinson

Easter Bunny with Eggs in a Basket

Easter Bunny with Eggs in a Basket photo: copyright 2009 Katy Dickinson

Flowering Jasmine

Flowering Jasmine, San Jose California photo: copyright 2009 Katy Dickinson

WP668 Caboose

WP668 Caboose, San Jose California photo: copyright 2009 Katy Dickinson

California Poppy

California Poppy, San Jose California photo: copyright 2009 Katy Dickinson

Images Copyright 2009 by John Plocher and Katy Dickinson

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