A great Easter tradition, but not so much in Taiwan, so one of the highlights of this Easter is to see what Easter gardens are around ~ and there’s some fantastic ones!
This one was in All Saints Church in Maidstone, Kent this morning ~ not only does it look good, but the hyacinths smell so wonderful too…
And then this one, the empty tomb, in Rochester Cathedral this afternoon….
Can’t let you go without 2 more photos of Rochester Cathedral today – evensong was happening, but they still let visitors in to wander around the main part taking photos… now that’s my kind of cathedral!
Ah Rochester, great little city, and very welcoming cathedral!
Wishing you all a blessed and happy Easter ~ Christ is risen, He is risen indeed, Alleluia!
“Not the empty tomb
but the uninhabited
cross. Look long enough
and you will see the arms
put on leaves. Not a crown
of thorns, but a crown of flowers
haloing it, with a bird singing
as though perched on paradise’s threshold.
We have over-furnished
our faith. Our churches
are as limousines in the procession
towards heaven. But the verities
remain: a de-nuclearised
by our coinage; the chalice’s
ichor; and one crumb of bread
on the tongue for the bird-like
intelligence to be made tame by.”
Poem: ‘Not the Empty Tomb’ by R. S. Thomas 1990
Alleluia, Christ is Risen! 哈利路亞! 主已復活!
Easter celebrations at Advent Church started last night, Easter Eve, with the Easter Vigil – the lighting of the Easter fire and the first half of the service by candlelight, then 4 baptisms and Holy Communion….
All wonderfully led by retired priest, Rev. Michael Liou, who sang the whole service ~ amazing! Despite having no voice only a few days earlier, on the night he was in fine form!
Oh yes and the dog ~ well it was kind of snuggled up in someone’s bag on the back row, but its head kept on appearing and well, every time I went past, there he was, saying please take my photo!
And then to today, and the lovely Easter morning service ~ and a visit from a group from Choi-Kou School in Macau, and of course, some gorgeous flowers, also lunch and cake….
Happy Easter to you all, Christ is risen, Alleluia!