Christ is risen from the dead,
Trampling down death by death,
And to those in the tomb,
It is Eastertide which is the season of the church year where we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Eastertide lasts for fifty days and concludes with Pentecost Sunday which occurs on May 20th in 2018. The colors for Eastertide are white and gold. White symbolizes purity and reminds us that Jesus has washed our sins clean and made us white as snow. White is also a symbol of our baptism, when our sins are forgiven and we are welcomed into the household of God as his children. The color gold is a symbol of the riches of our inheritance as God’s children which is eternal life in the new creation.
Easter is also known as the festival of light as we celebrate the light of the world (Jesus) who has overcome darkness (the forces of evil). During the Easter vigil, we light a paschal candle that represents this light. Pascha is simply the Latin word for Passover which is the Jewish holiday that commemorates the salvation of the Hebrew people when they were liberated from Egypt. God instructed the Hebrew people to sacrifice a lamb, known as a paschal lamb, and to spread the blood over the doorposts of their home so that the death angel would pass by leaving those inside unharmed. Jesus is also referred to symbolically as the paschal lamb who died for our sins. The judgment of God will “pass by” those who have been redeemed by the blood of the lamb. We light a candle to represent the light of Christ who is our paschal lamb. This candle is the paschal candle.
The lyrics of the hymn above are those of the Paschal Troparion which comes from the liturgy of the Eastern Orthodox church. The hymn explains the central message of Easter. Christ’s resurrection from the dead has defeated death and the power of evil and through our faith in Jesus Christ as Lord, we can participate in his resurrection life forever.
Salem Anglican meets Saturday nights, from 5-7 p.m., at the home of our church planters, Rev. Jason & Angi Clark. At each meeting we serve dinner, answer your questions, and pray together with the liturgy for evening prayer. The address is 5137 Jones RD SE, Salem, OR, 97306. The house is at the end of an easement so it may not be easy to find on your first pass. You can park on Jones RD or you can also drive down to the end of the easement where we can accommodate parking for 4-5 cars. If you have children, please bring them. If your child is old enough to sit through evening prayer, we encourage them to do so. If your child would be better served by being entertained, we will entertain young children in a separate room. We will implement a discipleship program for children when we get a better idea what our needs are.
It is my hope that meeting at a private residence will not create a barrier for anyone to attend. You are welcome in our home. Our goal is to meet in a public space as soon as we are able. We also look forward to the day when we will meet around the Lord’s Table for a celebration of the Eucharist. The ultimate goal is a new church plant that meets on Sunday mornings and celebrates the Eucharist every week. For now, Saturday nights will allow anyone to become part of our new community while still remaining free to continue attending the church of their choice on Sunday morning. I personally look forward to meeting you.
May the peace of the Lord be with you,
Rev. Jason Clark
Anglican Church in North America