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OUTSIDE THE PULPIT: Wishing all a blessed Easter


Rev Errington Massiah

OUTSIDE THE PULPIT: Wishing all a blessed Easter

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Have this mind among yourselves which is yours in Christ Jesus, who though he was in the form of God did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form he humbled himself and became obedient until death even death on the cross – Philippians 2: Verses 5-8.

THOUSANDS OF Christians around the world will be observing the customary three hour Good Friday Liturgy tomorrow – in remembrance of Christ death on the cross at Calvary.

The Good Friday Liturgy is only one aspect of Holy Week, which began on Palm Sunday with the blessing and distribution of palm crosses as well as the Palm Sunday procession. It will climax on Easter Day – the Day of the Resurrection.

As Christians, we follow Him (Christ) this week from the Glory of Palms to the glory of the resurrection by the way of the dark road of suffering and death. We began our journey to Easter on Ash Wednesday with the sign of ashes, an ancient sign, speaking of the frailty and uncertainty of human life and marking the penitence of the community as a whole.

We are united with Him (Christ) in His suffering on the cross, so that we may share His resurrection and new life. For our sins He was lifted high upon the cross, that He might draw the whole world to Himself and by His suffering and death the source of Eternal Salvation for all who put their trust in Him.

I would like to share with you this week a verse from one of my favourite hymns – Remember us, dear Lord, we pray, while burden’d in the flesh we stay; ‘Tis thou alone our souls canst keep Abide with us this night in sleep.” – Verse 6 of Hymn 95 Ancient and Modern.

A Holy and Blessed Easter to all my readers.

The Easter Services at St Joseph with St Aidan will be: –

Holy Saturday 6 p.m.: Lighting of the New Fire and the Renewal of Baptismal Vows followed by Sung Eucharist; 5 a.m.: Sung Mass; 7 and 9 a.m.: Procession and Sung Eucharist.

Good Friday

Where some of the Clergy in the Anglican Church will be on Good Friday.

Bishop John Holder: Christ Church

Canon Austin Carrington: Christ Church

Dean Jeffrey Gibson: Cathedral

Canon George Knight: Cathedral

Canon Wayne Isaacs: St Mary

Canon Curtis Goodridge: St Lucy

Canon Errington Massiah: St Joseph with St Aidan.

Canon George Harewood: St Philip

Canon Gregston Gooding: St Paul

Canon Coleridge Darlington: St Thomas.

Canon Peter Haynes: St Peter

Canon Geoffrey Mayers: St Anne’s

Rev Selven Lowe: St Matthews

Rev Michael Squires: All Saints

Rev Trevor O’Neal: St Stephen

Rev Reginald Knight: St Mary

Rev Beverley Sealy-Knight: St James

Rev Michael Maxwell: Holy Trinity

Rev Hugh Sandiford: St Matthias

Rev Everton Lyte: Christ Church

Rev Graveney Bannister: St Peter

Moravian T20 cricket

The Moravian Church, Rev Rudolph Holder Tape Ball T20 Cricket Competition continues on Friday, April 1, at the James Bryan Pavilion, Market Hill, St George. Cox Road New Testament vs Dunscombe Moravian at 7 p.m. All are invited.

Harvest festival

Penuel Moravian Church, Sweet Vale, St George Annual Harvest Festival takes place on Sunday, April 3, at 3:30 p.m. The host pastor is the Rev Dr Cicely Athill-Horsford. All are invited.

The St Michael’s Cathedral Choir with John Bryan (organist and choirmaster) presents Solemn Musick for Good Friday, today at 8 p.m. at the St Michael’s cathedral. The public is invited.

Vacancy for an organist

All Souls Anglican Church has a vacancy for an organist. Please apply in writing to the Rector, Rev Kim Welch-Taylor, c/o All Souls Anglican Church, Bank Hall, St Michael.

A mother’s plea

The Church of the Nazarene, Collymore Rock, will be holding its Annual Easter production entitled A Mother’s Plea Good Friday and Easter Sunday) at 6 p.m. The public is invited.

Yard sale

The James Street Methodist Church will be holding a Yard Sale on Saturday, April 2, on the church grounds from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. The public is invited.

Feast of title

The Church of the Resurrection will be celebrating its Feast of Title from March 27 to April 3. Services will be from Tuesday, March 29 to Friday, April 1 at 7:30 p.m. each day. Sunday, April 3: Solemn Mass. Sunset concert featuring the Barbados Defence Force Band and other artistes at 5 p.m.

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