Redeemer has the first annual Easter Parade on Sunday, April 16, from 9:00 am to 10:15 am. We welcome our visitors and guests with us on Easter Day, as well as the regulars.
There is a late breakfast—or early brunch—hosted by Jen King starting at 9:00 for the Easter Parade. On this busy day, do not worry about feeding everyone in the morning, along with all your other preparations. Come to Redeemer, instead. Enjoy talking with friends and guests.
At 9:30, there will be an egg hunt for those 12 and under. Share some fun.
Come to the Easter Parade. Maybe you’ll will find that you’re in the rotogravure?
Why eggs at Easter?
The following text was written by Br. Robert Lentz, OFM, to accompany this icon he wrote of Mary Magdalene.
According to the ancient tradition of the East, Mary Magdalene was a wealthy woman from whom Christ expelled seven “demons.” During the three years of Jesus’ ministry, she helped support Him and His other disciples with her money. When almost everyone else fled, she stayed with Him at the cross. On Easter morning she was the first to bear witness to His resurrection. She is called “Equal to the Apostles.”
After the Ascension, she journeyed to Rome where she was admitted to Tiberias Caesar’s court because of her high social standing. After describing how poorly Pilate had administered justice at Jesus’ trial, she told Caesar that Jesus had risen from the dead. To help explain the resurrection, she picked up an egg from the dinner table. Caesar responded that a human being could no more rise from the dead than the egg in her hand turn red. The egg turned red immediately, which is why red eggs have been exchanged at Easter for centuries in the Byzantine East.
The inscription at the bottom of the icon reads: “Saint Mary Magdalene” in Syriac, a dialect of the language spoken by Jesus. The Gospel comes to us, not from Rome or Greece, but from the deserts of the Middle East. We owe our faith to Semetic Christians like Mary Magdalene. With this debt in mind, we should hear her voice in Palestinian cries for justice in our day.
This icon was commissioned for Grace Cathedral in San Francisco to commemorate the election of Barbara Harris, the first woman bishop in the Anglican communion.