Easter Sunday begins with a sunrise service at 6.30am on Mill Meadow. This is followed by a breakfast at 7.30am. There are then traditional services at Western Road at 9.30am and at Queens Park at 11am. Note the new times!
Easter in the Bible
On the Sunday morning after Jesus was crucified, Mary Magdalene and some other women went to his tomb. When they arrived, they found the tomb had been opened already. Two angels in white clothes were there. The women were terrified, but the angels told them that Jesus was alive. The women told the apostles what they had seen. Peter and one other apostle went to the tomb to see for themselves.
Jesus appears to Mary Magdalene
When Peter and the other apostle went home, Mary Magdalene stayed outside the tomb crying. She saw Jesus standing there, but she did not recognize Jesus until he said, “Mary!” Then she recognized Him and exclaimed, “Master!”. Mary went to the disciples and said “I have seen the Lord!”.
Jesus Speaks with Disciples on the Road to Emmaus
Later that same Sunday, two of Jesus’ disciples were walking along the road to a village called Emmaus. Suddenly, Jesus was there with them, but they did not recognize Him. As they came near the village of Emmaus, the two disciples said to Jesus, “Stay with us, because it is late and the day is now nearly over.” So Jesus went in to stay with them. As they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed it and broke it, and gave it to them. Suddenly they recognized Him as Jesus, and He vanished from their sight.
The two disciples quickly returned to Jerusalem and found the eleven apostles and some of Jesus’ other followers gathered together. The apostles told them, “It’s true! The Lord has risen and has appeared to Peter.” Then the two disciples told everything that had happened on the road to Emmaus.
That same Sunday evening most of the apostles were together. Suddenly, Jesus was there among them. He said, “Peace be with you.” Jesus showed them the wounds from crucifixion in his side and hands. The apostle Thomas was not with the others when Jesus appeared to them. So the others told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But Thomas said, “Unless I see the nail marks in His hands, and put my finger in the nail holes and my hand in the wound in His side, I will not believe it.”
A week later the apostles were again locked in the same room, and Thomas was with them. Jesus again came and said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and look at my hands. Put your hand in my side. Don’t doubt it anymore. Believe!” All Thomas could say was, “My Lord and my God!”.
Easter eggs on Easter Sunday
Easter eggs are specially decorated eggs given out to celebrate the Easter festival. The custom of the Easter egg originated in the early Christian community of Mesopotamia, who stained eggs red in memory of the blood of Christ. The modern custom is to substitute eggs made from chocolate, or plastic eggs filled with candy such as jellybeans. The egg is a symbol of life – and is used by Christian countries today as a celebration of Easter.