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Easter at St Matthew-in-the-City


Thu 2 Apr 2015, 7:00pm
Fri 3 Apr 2015, 10:00am
Sat 4 Apr 2015, 8:00pm
Sun 5 Apr 2015, 8:00am
Sun 5 Apr 2015, 10:00am

Where: St Matthew-in-the-City, 187 Federal St, CBD, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

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We invite you to join us on the journey of Holy Week:

We begin on Palm Sunday (29 March) with remembering the entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem where the people strew palms in his way as he rode in on a humble donkey. We hear the whole story of the week told by 13 readers. There is no sermon, the story speaks for itself.

After the 10am service on Palm Sunday we construct the Labyrinth. The church is then open for the week and people are invited to come and walk the labyrinth. A Labyrinth is an ancient tool for prayer - we pray with our body and our mind, journeying inward and outward.
St Matthew’s Voices will be present and singing each evening between 6pm-7pm.
Our usual Wednesday service at 12.20pm will be a focal point of the week.

On Maundy Thursday (2 April, 7pm) we have a Eucharist recalling the events of the Last Supper and how Jesus washed the feet of his disciples as a sign of great humility. At the end of the service we strip the church of all adornment ready for the emptiness of Good Friday.
(Earlier in the day the clergy will have been at the Cathedral at 11am for a service of renewal of our ordination vows, and the blessing of the oils used for healing prayer. Lay people are also most welcome to attend this service).

On Good Friday (3 April, 10am) we have a service around the labyrinth focussed on the cross. There will be music from the St Matthew’s Voices and a sermon.

At 5pm the St Matthew’s Voices will give a concert of Buxtehude’s Membra Jesu Nostri.

On Holy Saturday (4 April, 8pm) we follow the practice of the early church with an Easter Vigil. We light a fire on the forecourt and from there light the Paschal Candle which is brought into the church which is in darkness, representing the dark tomb of Jesus. We hear a series of readings which bring us from creation through to Easter. After we hear the gospel we proclaim that Christ is risen, renew our baptismal promises, and share the first eucharist of Easter. (There is no sermon). We also share bubbly and supper to celebrate afterwards.

On Easter Day we have our services at 8am and 10am and expect plenty of visitors to join us. The cross from Good Friday is filled with flowers as a sign of resurrection. And yes there will be Easter eggs.

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