After a full year, “pandemic fatigue” has left lots of us feeling more than defeated. If we ever needed a good measure of Easter hope, it is now. In 2020, many churches took their message of “He is risen!” outdoors. This year, Presbyterians are continuing their public witness of hope with a beautiful practice that invites community participation in a safe way: the flowering of the cross. In the March/April issue of Presbyterians Today, we check in with several churches around the country and share their Easter worship traditions.
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Flowering Crosses Point to a New Day By Donna Frischknecht Jackson | Presbyterians Today
Last Easter, I drove by the church I once served and slowed down. I couldn’t believe my eyes. The wooden cross my father had made was standing on the weathered stairs bursting with colorful flowers. They had never placed the cross outside before, but now there it was, and it made me smile. In my time there as pastor, I had wanted the chicken wire-wrapped cross so that I could introduce the congregation to the tradition known as the “flowering of the cross.” Read more