Saturday, 6 April 2013

Lenten Stones Turned to Easter Joy!

On the First Sunday of Lent, each of us took a stone and placed it into the baptismal font as a symbolic gesture of entering the wilderness with Jesus. We were encouraged to think during this time about all those things we have done and have left undone that separate us from God's gracious love.

On Holy Saturday, as we prepared the church for the Great Easter Vigil and for Easter Sunday celebrations, I asked one of our St. Peter's children to remove the stones from the font and take them outside. I gave him rather vague instructions such as, 'Just take the stones and put them somewhere in the garden.' After about 20 minutes or so, this child approached me and said, 'Come and see what I've done!' I was led outside and there in the front garden of the church was a miniature Easter tomb that he had built out of our Lenten stones! He explained that it was an empty tomb and that the stone had been rolled away.

Alleluia, He is Risen; The Lord is Risen indeed!! Alleluia!!

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