A full programme of Easter worship will again be held at St Mary’s this year, with details on our Worship Calendar page.

Once again we will be celebrating the First Mass of Easter. This is a Vigil Mass held after nightfall on Holy Saturday, or sometimes before dawn on Easter Sunday. This dramatic and inspiring service, with its imagery of light emerging from darkness, was in abeyance in the parish for a number of years before being revived at St Mary’s three years ago. So we are once again united with Christian churches across the world in proclaiming the resurrection of Jesus. At St Mary’s we do this as night falls on Holy Saturday.

During the Gloria at the Mass, the organ and church bells are used in the liturgy for the first time in two days. A blaze of light fills the church as the lights are restored, accompanied by the exultant ringing of bells. The Paschal candle is used to bless the baptismal font before it is used in the celebration of the sacrament. The Great Alleluia is sung before the Gospel is read, Alleluia being used for the first time since before Lent.

Our Easter Vigil Mass will be held on Holy Saturday, 11th April and we will be gathering around the brazier in the front churchyard at 7.30pm. This year we are going to be joined by some of the congregation from St John’s Church, Crowborough, and we look forward to welcoming them to Buxted.

Moving the focus a few yards to the left across the car park, developments in the use of the Church Hall continue to be encouraging. The group for people with dementia and their carers is meeting regularly on a Tuesday morning, and they are finding the venue more than suitable. We also have a weekday children’s dance class starting after Easter, run by Universal Dance. A free taster session is on offer (see their advert elsewhere in this edition for details).

We are also looking at how the improve the hall garden area. The storage hut and sandpit have now gone, which leaves a space which could be developed as an outside seating area. The first task though is to re-seed the lawn, which will be done after the Open Day & Craft Fair in May. More about that next month.

Keith Revoir

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