Easter is less than a week away. As we ponder Christ being welcomed into Jerusalem as a king, only to be put to death less than a week later, we’re going to be thinking about how to celebrate Easter, if we haven’t already.
Easter is the most important holiday in the Christian year – it’s the chief day we celebrate the Resurrection of Christ. But, in the middle of the semester, and with only a three day weekend, it can be hard for those who aren’t from Texas to make it home to spend this day with their families (perhaps Trinity should give us more time off for Easter next year). For those of you who aren’t able to make it home for Easter, or are choosing to stay for another reason, I asked our staff and friends of our staff to write short descriptions of just a few of their Churches and what they’re doing for Easter. If you don’t know where you’re going yet, we hope this list can help you!
St. Anastasia the Great Martyr Byzantine Catholic Community – Luke Ayers
“St. Anastasia is a small community of Byzantine rite Catholics that meets at the old St. Stephen’s Church on South Zarzamora. Show up for Vespers and the Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great on Saturday afternoon at 4pm. This is probably the most welcoming Church I’ve ever been a part of, and I’m sure you’ll feel just as home your first time as I did.”
Calvary Temple Assemblies of God – Isaiah Mitchell
“I go to Calvary Temple Assemblies of God on O’Connor Road. At 12:30, right after their morning service, they’re having an Easter picnic. Bring a lawn chair and some food and meet the friendliest people in the world.”
Our Lady of the Atonement – Angelique Lopez
“I love my parish, Our Lady of the Atonement Catholic Church (OLA), because of the amount of reverence shown at each Mass, the beautiful architecture and imagery, and its traditional use of the Anglican rite. For Easter, OLA has something called “The Great Vigil of Easter” where the night before Easter a solemn vigil is held. The congregation lights their candles from the Paschal candle, a burning sign of the presence of the resurrected Christ. Everything is dark until the candles are lit, and it’s truly beautiful to see. The Great Vigil of Easter is perhaps the most theologically important service of the Church Year.”
One theme you might have noticed in these recommendations is that we all love the people at our Churches, and you’re sure to be welcomed there. Have a blessed Easter!
Editor’s Note: We may update this post with more staff recommendations, so check back!
Photo: Byzantine Christian icon of the Resurrection. Read about the symbolism here.