Easter at St. Stephen's
Alleluia. Christ is risen. The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia!
Easter Vigil: Tom Smith
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The Weekly Bible Study for Easter Day is here. (PDF)
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An Easter Reflection by Gary D. Jones (published in the Spirit on March 31 and in the Richmond Times-Dispatch on April 7)
Mary stood weeping outside the tomb…. She turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus…. Jesus said to her, “Mary!”
And once in a while, a drug rep or a doctor would come walking briskly through the waiting room, heels clacking loudly on the floor, seemingly oblivious to the wasted patients around them. I remembered seeing such healthy and hardy people stomping by when I had been a patient – I remembered wishing they would slow down. I wanted them to realize that they were walking on holy ground here, and a gentler presence was called for. But then I remembered – this purpose-driven stride was the way I had always walked through waiting rooms and nursing homes myself. I knew what it was like to feel very busy, with lots of important work to do.
And then, I heard a nurse inside an adjacent room, flipping through charts, as she prepared to call her next patient. “Gary Jones,” she said quietly and reflectively to herself. And then, as if suddenly remembering, she burst out loudly, “GARY JONES!” and came running out of the room to where I was sitting. At first, she didn’t recognize me, because she had never seen me with hair. And besides, I had started weeping when I heard her calling my name. I don’t know what happened to me; I just couldn’t help it.
But I recognized her. She had cared for me for months. She was my sister, my mother, my friend, my priest…. In the way that Jesus intended us to be for each other, I realized that she was my Lord, whom I recognized when she called my name.
Holy Eucharist: Rite Two, 9 a.m.
Holy Eucharist: Rite Two, 11:15 a.m.
Order of Service
Compline, 8 p.m. | With Sanctuary (Compline Choir); brief, sung service to close the day (page 127, The Book of Common Prayer)
Photo by Briget Ganske