Easter is a season to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, the foundation of Christian faith. In the Anglican Community, Easter season starts with Lent, which is a retro of fasting, self-examination and denial. Moreover, Lent is also an opportunity to support the less fortunate. Easter is a time for reflection on the suffering and sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ to save us.
The period is significant in the Anglican liturgical Calendar. The Lectionary summonses us to the events of the gospel – beginning with Ash Wednesday which ends in Holy Week. Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday, which honours Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem on a donkey. Then Maundy Thursday, a reminder of the last meal which Jesus ate with his disciples – the Eucharist (bread and wine) and washing of the disciple’s feet. The next day is Good Friday, a day to remember Jesus’ death on the cross. On Easter Sunday the Church celebrates Jesus’ resurrection.
To mark the significance of the season the Zimbabwean Anglican Fellowship set aside time of prayer and fellowship. Whereby reflections of how Jesus died for us is done collectively. People come from all walks of life across UK to attend the event and they meet on Good Friday.
The risen Christ gives hope to the hopeless. Paul in 1 Corinthians 15:3–8 says “For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me”.
Various activities from different guilds: Men fellowship, Mothers Union, youths and the support from the Clergy brings joy to the people. To mention a few of these activities: the story of Jesus’ arrest and crucifixion is played out, Easter rousing hymns are sung, chosen bible texts are read, anointed and inspired preachers expound the word, palpable processions and Communion services. Often these are accompanied by dances, drums, whistles and other sound effects. The activities bring the Bible stories to life in an imaginative way. Normally the Easter events ends with a triumphant moment of celebration.
Easter is celebrated in diverse ways. No one has ever attended these gatherings and came back the same. It is a time of witnessing where souls are saved, and lives transformed. People focus on the hope we have of the risen Christ, reminding each other of the power of the cross.