When it comes to Easter, Christians believe that Jesus truly is the reason for the season and it is more than Easter egg hunts and chocolate bunnies. That's why folks at St. Paul's Episcopal Church of Augusta say their Good Friday service is a memorial not a celebration.
"It wasn't just the sin of people a long time ago that put Jesus on the cross. But it's remembering that it's our actions throughout our lives and throughout the course of history; that it's our sin," says Rector George Muir.
Jonathan Robertson has been a member of the church for close to 30 years. He hopes that people around the world "remember the reason for the season. Why do we hunt Easter eggs, why do we have an Easter celebration?"
But what's the goal of this Holy week?
"We are preparing for the happiest day of the year, but in order to get prepared for it we have to be able to recognize his lost, his gift, and realize why we're the ones who got it got it," shares Ashley Wright. Wright has also been a member of St. Paul's since childhood.
Rector Muir outlines the Holy Week. "We begin in Holy week with Psalm Sunday as we hear the story the first time. And then throughout the course of the week at our services we remember and lead up to today and the crucifixion and ultimately to Easter day," he says.
Rector Muir adds, "it's not just an Episcopal thing, it's not just a Christian observance today, but it is really an understanding that we, as human beings, need to take responsibility."
"This gift that has been given to us comes with a price. We have to be the ones who, through our faith, show that we recognize that we can be redeemed," explains Wright.
St. Paul's Episcopal as well as many other churches will continue Good Friday services throughout the evening. On Easter morning churches around the CSRA will celebrate with sunrise and morning services- including a service for the public at Jessye Norman Ampitheatre.
See a list of Easter services below:
Corinth Baptist Church - 6:00 AM
Antioch Missionary Baptist Church – 6:00 AM
Old Storm Branch Baptist Church – 6:30 AM
St. Paul's Episcopal Church- 7:00 AM
Bellevue Memorial Gardens – 7:00 AM
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