With it now being three weeks since Easter Day, there have been many things happening. First, news from our Sisters at the Priory with regards to Holy Week and Easter:
The Sisters were in retreat Monday to Wednesday in Holy Week led by Sr. Cheryl Ann from Madonna House, Robin Hood’s Bay. Using Rembrandt’s painting “The return of the Prodigal Son”, icons of the Resurrection and of Christ the Bridegroom she talked about forgiveness, reconciliation and our return to the Father’s heart.
From Maundy Thursday to Easter Day we welcomed Rev Bryan Vernon, Senior Lecturer in Healthcare Ethics at Newcastle University. On Good Friday, he who explored the reactions and responses of participants in the Passion narrative.
This year welcomed a new timetable for the Easter liturgies. The New Fire was kindled at a Vigil service at 8pm on Holy Saturday. The Easter candle lit, the Old Testament lessons read and the altar dressed – but no lights! We departed with our individual candles to await the full splendour of Easter (and Chapel) at a 9.30am Eucharist. The Sisters gathered earlier in the morning for a short Easter Garden liturgy to welcome Mary Magdalene, Peter and John arriving at the tomb, stone rolled away and empty. This timetable allowed our local congregation to join us and the Eucharist was followed by coffee and fellowship.
Christ is risen - He is risen indeed - Alleluia!
On Good Friday, at York Minster, there was a Children's Service at 11.30, and Sisters Janette and Linda were both involved this year. Sr Janette writes about it:
This was introduced a couple of years ago, and this time we decide to be involved, and were very impressed. It started with some prayers and a reading, I think, in the Chapter House, and then we moved off into Dean’s Park for a child-friendly simplified Stations of the Cross, using “stations” produced by children from the Minster School in their art lessons. There was a small group of musicians to support the singing of a simple hymn as we journeyed from station to station, with a simple reflection at each port of call. I think we started to collect visitors as we left the Chapter House, and picked up more and more people as we moved round the park. It was very moving and a wonderful witness. We returned to the Chapter House for the final part of the service – and then refreshments – yes, hot cross buns!
The TV affictionados amongst the Order were keen to watch Mary Berry's Easter, especially as in the second episode she was cooking with Archbishop Sentamu. The two-part programme showed the importance of Easter in all the Christian traditions, and also the commonalities between each denomination.
There has also been cause to celebrate at the Priory recently for a completely different reason. Lynne, a member of our Infirmary Care Team, has been with us for 25 years. This was celebrated in what has become known as "Infirmary Style": a mid-morning tea party with cupcakes, biscuits and other treats. We are so grateful for the care Lynne has given to the Sisters who have been, and who currently are, resident in the Infirmary.
Posted On: 13/04/2016