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Celebrating Easter in Chapel

This year, Easter weekend was celebrated within the school’s first term which presented an opportunity to really explore the events of both Good Friday before exeat, and Easter Sunday after exeat.


On Maundy Thursday we remembered the events of Good Friday with a quiet and meditative service. The girls played out the drama of that day by first extinguishing the last of our seven Lenten candles. A large wooden cross was then carried to the altar and laid on the table. Junior students scattered rose petals upon the cross as a reminder of how the women prepared Christ’s body for burial.

The girls then silently processed to the altar to lay stones, symbols of our needs and burdens, at the foot of the cross. This was a hugely moving moment as the whole school silently proceeded from the altar and out of the transept doors.

When we returned to school after the Easter break, we lit the beautiful paschal candle and decorated the wooden cross with flowers, a sign of resurrection and life springing out of the depths of death and despair.

Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia!

Reverend Dr Deborah Wilson, Chaplain