Bishop Nick's Easter message: Sunday is coming . . . but you have to go through Friday first
I grew up in a church community where it seemed we tried to get from Good Friday to Easter Sunday as quickly as possible. We celebrated the cross as God’s victory, instead of learning to live the story of God’s apparent failure or absence. We couldn’t stay with the loss and fear that is Easter Saturday: the dead Jesus in the tomb and the world collapsed. We wanted to get to the resurrection and make it all happy again.
But if we don’t stay with Good Friday and the appalling emptiness of Saturday, then Easter itself will be meaningless. We are supposed to experience it, cry through it, search through it, for hopeful resolution. And when Sunday comes we are to be surprised, bewildered - shocked even.
Easter News from our churches, schools and communities
Bravery of one girl frm Ossett in World Coal Carrying competition on Easter Monday
'Encourage rural lay leadship' says Bishop James in special Easter edition of Radio 4's Sunday programme
Bishop Nick's Easter sermon, Ripon Cathedral
Feeding families at Easter in Barnsley
Passion Play draws the crowds at Settle
Bishop Toby preaches in Keighley Shopping Centre on Good Friday
Chrism Service at Bradford Cathedral
First Cathedral Walking Group set off on Easter Monday
Giant floral crosses remind passing public of Easter meaning in Barnsley
Easter in Cleckheaton
Whole school Eucharist at St Michael & All Angels Primary School to celebrate Easter
Church's gift of 500 Easter Eggs
Good Friday Walks of Witness in Wakefield, Barnsley and Huddersfield
Motorbiking revs ride out for Easter
Sacred Space at Kirkstall Abbey for Holy Week
A Bishop and a Beer event (Gildersome)
Donkeys rehearse for Palm Sunday in Settle and Bingley
Easter comes early with donkeys in Dewsbury
Visit one of our Cathedrals over Easter
An opportunity to pray through the momentous events leading to Easter and learn the way of Christ through music, silence, listening, reflection, liturgy and action. This year, Rt Revd James Bell will lead us through the week from Monday to Good Friday. Holy Week programme.
Rt Revd John Pritchard, former Bishop of Oxford, is leading worship through Holy Week at Ripon Cathedral starting with the Palm Sunday service before which the congregation process through the city in commemoration of Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem. The theme of Bishop John's addresses is 'That was the week that was - and is, and ever will be'. More details here.
During Holy Week 2017 The Very Reverend Michael Sadgrove, Dean Emeritus of Durham will explore hymns which form a key part of Passiontide worship. More information here.
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Meditations and quiet days, Passion plays and musicals, Concerts, re-enactments and services are just some fof the Easter events taking place across the Diocese of Leeds. Find out more.
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