Easter trail

Resurrection

Jesus has risen!

School Lane

When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus’ body. Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb and they asked each other, “Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?”

But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away. As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed. “Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.’” 

Mark 16. 1-7

Roberts Close
Easter trail

Crucifixion

Jesus and the two thieves

The soldiers mocked Jesus and put a crown of thorns on His head.  Jesus was then taken to a place, outside the city wall, called Calvary and crucified along with two thieves, on wooden crosses. The soldiers hung a sign above the head of Jesus which stated in Hebrew, Greek and Latin “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews”.

Squires Road

One of the thieves blasphemed Jesus, but the other thief rebuked the thief saying “we deserve our punishment, but this man is innocent” and then he said to Jesus, “Lord remember me when you come into your kingdom.” Jesus replied “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.” (Matthew 27, Mark 15, Luke 23, John 19)

Here at the entrance to Squires Road we have a green hill with three trees on it. In amongst the middle tree we can see a sign that says in Latin “Jesus King of the Jews” and a crown of thorns. These depict the cross that Jesus was crucified on.

In amongst the two trees, either side of the middle tree, we can see some black chains. The thieves may have been chained up in prison before their crucifixion. So, the chains in these trees depict the crosses that the thieves were crucified on.

The Crucifixion

They brought Jesus to the place called Golgotha, “the place of the skull”). They offered him wine mixed with myrrh, but he did not take it. And they crucified him. Dividing up his clothes, they cast lots to see what each would get.

Someone ran, filled a sponge with wine vinegar, put it on a staff, and offered it to Jesus to drink. “Now leave him alone. Let’s see if Elijah comes to take him down,” he said.

With a loud cry, Jesus breathed his last. The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. And when the centurion, who stood there in front of Jesus, saw how he died, he said, “Surely this man was the Son of God!”

Mark 15.23-24, 33-39

The Churchyard
Rugby Lane
Easter trail

The Easter Tree

This is a centuries-old German tradition, known as Ostereierbaum, or Easter Egg Tree. Eggs are hung outside on trees and bushes. The custom spread beyond Europe, and now many homes throughout the world have an indoor Easter Tree, dressed with eggs of all kinds. Some are beautifully handpainted, others are real eggs which have been carefully blown then decorated.

But why eggs? Throughout the world, the egg is an ancient symbol of new life. For Christians, the egg is a symbol of Jesus rising from the dead, as he emerges from the tomb, rolling away the egg-shaped rock.

Easter gifts

Easter always takes place in Spring, when there’s a ready supply of hens’ eggs. In the past, parents would hardboil their glut of eggs and decorate them in bright colours to give to their children on Easter Sunday. The first chocolate Easter Eggs were made in Europe in the early 19th century.

Eggciting Eggstravaganza

The first Cadbury Easter Eggs were made in 1875. They were made of ‘dark’ chocolate and filled with sugar coated chocolate drops. The Cadbury Creme Egg first appeared in 1923. Approximately 500 million are made each year, though over a third are exported.

If all the Cadbury Creme Eggs made in a year were stacked on top of each other, the pile would be 10 times higher than Mount Everest!

Over 80 million boxed Easter Eggs are sold in the UK each year.