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No Easter without Good Friday

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It is Good Friday today and I have duly attended the Good Friday service albeit in Zoom.

Just this morning, I saw on the cover of today’s newspaper a photograph of a woman adorning her front door and porch with Easter Wreath, Easter Bunnies and Easter eggs! It looked rather odd because on Good Friday in fact in the days leading up to Easter, churches are unadorned. The usual floral arrangements only reappear on Easter Sunday!

That made me think and I realised that there is no Easter without Good Friday because if Christ hadn’t died and risen there would be no Easter to celebrate. It also reminded me that if you take things out of context the real meaning of an event gets lost. Maybe these things no longer matter in a pluralistic world!

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Strange Week

This week has been a strange one. The lockdown itself is not bothering me because even before the Coronavirus pandemic, I have been self isolating due to health reason.

For the Mhinisteir, the weeks leading up to Easter is always busy. Holy Week is especially busy. My Protestant upbringing means that every week is Holy Week and every Sunday is Easter! For that reason I don’t do anything special. Health permitting, I usually try and go to the Chrism service in the Cathedral. This week has been fairly quiet in that sense. The Mhinisteir is still busy. Being in rural parishes mean that we have more elderly people in our Churches and in the last few weeks, a good number have been taken ill some critically.

We heard this week that a friend of ours had passed away quite suddenly. He had collapsed at home. Taken to hospital. When his wife phone the next morning, She was told that he was doing well. He passed away around lunchtime that day when he collapsed for the second time!

Despite the lockdown, we had a good number of Easter Cards & Chocolates from our Parishioners. A few of them have been sneaking out when dark falls. Something that we don’t encourage of course!

I baked a banana cake on Friday! It was only after I had baked that I remembered it was Good Friday even though I had watched an online service!!!!

Again on Good Friday, The Mhinisteir got a phone call from a parishioner wishing him a Happy Easter. Happy Easter on Good Friday??? We are living through strange times after all!!!!