What's Happening:

Youth Event: Busch Gardens: Saturday, July 22. Our youth have done an excellent job with fundraising and fellowship. All our welcome to join them as we have a blast at Busch Gardens. The park opens at 10 and yo are welcome to stay as long as you want. Please see Jacky for details.

Instructional Eucharist: Our 2nd annual Communion class will be held on two consecutive Sundays in July: July 23 and July 30 at 9:30 in the morning. Please let Jacky know if you would like your child to attend so she can order all necessary supplies.



A Note From Jacky

With Easter fast approaching, I thought it would be neat to learn the history of the Easter egg, why we have Easter egg hunts, and why we dye the eggs colors. We will have our annual Easter egg hunt after the 10:30 service on Easter Sunday, April 16th. We have plenty of baskets to provide, however you are more than welcome to bring your own from home.

The following is an excerpt from an article I found online.

For Christians, the Easter egg is symbolic of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Painting Easter eggs is an especially beloved tradition in the Orthodox and Eastern Catholic churches where the eggs are dyed red to represent the blood of Jesus Christ that was shed on the cross. Easter eggs are blessed by the priest at the end of the Paschal vigil and distributed to the congregants. The hard shell of the egg represents the sealed Tomb of Christ, and cracking the shell represents Jesus’ resurrection from the dead. Moreover, historically Christians would abstain from eating eggs and meat during Lent, and Easter was the first chance to eat eggs after a long period of abstinence. (Orthodox Christians continue to abstain from eggs during Lent.)

Easter egg hunts and egg rolling are two popular egg-related traditions. An egg hunt involves hiding eggs outside for children to run around and find on Easter morning. Eggs are rolled as a symbolic re-enactment of the rolling away of the stone from Christ’s tomb. In the United States, the Easter Egg Roll is an annual event that is held on the White House lawn each Monday after Easter.

Happy Easter!

Jacky Rodes

Trinity Episcopal Church
500 Court Street                                                                                   
Portsmouth, VA 23704                                                        
757.393.0431 Office                                                                     
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