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On Easter Morning our worship at Halmer End included the ceremony of the Lenten Cross.

Each week of Lent we placed symbols by the cross to remind us of Jesus and all that he underwent during his journey to his crucifixion on a cross on Calvary's Hill just outside Jerusalem.

Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James saw where the tomb was that Jesus had been laid in. The next day, very early in the morning before the sun had risen, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint the body of Jesus. On the way to the tomb they had been saying to one another, "Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?" When they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had already been rolled back. As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man, dressed in a white robe, sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed. But he said to them, "Do not be alarmed; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised; he is not here. Look, there is the place they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him, just as he told you." So they went out and fled from the tomb, for terror and amazement had seized them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid. (© This paragraph includes extracts from an account of the event described in the NRSV version of the Bible in Mark's Gospel Chapter 16 verses 1 to 8).

On Easter Morning in our worship, led by our Minister the Rev. Joy Ventom, we removed each of the symbols which reminded us of the suffering of Jesus and we decorated the Cross with flowers to remind us of the resurrection of Jesus from the dead; from tragedy to triumph.

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