FOR some, Easter is all about giving and receiving chocolate and leaving some carrot out for the Easter bunny. But Father Peter Ferwerda of Our Lady Help of Christians Church has sent a reminder of what the Easter period is really about for Christians.
“Last Wednesday – Ash Wednesday – we started the 40-day period of Lent,” Fr Ferwerda said.
“This is our preparation for what we believe is the greatest day in history – the resurrection of Christ.
“In the lead up to Easter we pray a little more than usual, we fast and we also take part in alms giving, which is being as generous as possible.”
Fr Ferwerda said for Christian people, this time is about living just as Christ did.
“This period is about displaying all the qualities that Jesus did, and when he broke the bread and said, “do this in memory of me”, he meant live our lives remembering what he did for us.”
Our Lady Help of Christians will have a 7.30pm mass on Easter Thursday, followed by a 10am Stations of the Cross on Good Friday, and a 3pm reading of the passion session on Good Friday afternoon.
On Easter Saturday the church will host the vigil mass at 7.30pm and on Easter Sunday morning there will be a service at 9.30am.
Reverend Dr Margaret Wesley from St John’s Anglican Church echoed Fr Ferwerda’s words.
“Lent is a time of reflection, we give something up as a sacrifice but we understand that it can never be as great as what Jesus sacrificed for us,” Rev’d Wesley said.
The Anglican Church will host a service on the Sunday prior to Easter Sunday, and will join with the Uniting Church and the Methodist Church for Easter services. Good Friday will be held at the Methodist Church, while Easter Sunday service will be held at the Uniting Church.