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Easter church services in Rarotonga

Thursday 1 April 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Local, National

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Easter church services in Rarotonga
Father Freddy Kaina on the Parish beach in Manihiki on Palm Sunday. 21033117

A church guide for Easter, the first long weekend of the year.

It is a Christian festival and holiday that celebrates the belief in the resurrection of Jesus Christ, described in the New Testament as having occurred on the third day after his burial following his crucifixion by the Romans.

Tonight at 7pm, St Joseph’s Cathedral will start the mass of the Lord’s Supper and Washing of the feet.

Tomorrow, Good Friday, April 2, the Stations of the Cross with the commemoration of the Lord’s Passion Liturgy of the Word and Adoration of the Cross will start at 9am. Holy Communion will be held at 3pm.

The Holy Saturday Easter vigil begins at 8pm and Easter Sunday April 4 mass will start at 10am - there is only one service.

The week before Easter is usually referred to as Holy Week, by Christians.

In the Pa Enua, Father Freddy Kaina, the Sacred Heart Parish priest for Matavera, is visiting the islands of Manihiki and Rakahanga.

He blessed the marriage of Kavana and Priscilla on Rakahanga, installed two new lay prayer leaders for the island’s Sacred Heart Parish, and visited the grave of the late Father Placido Rovers.

The Rakahanga Catholic community joined in the Holy Week masses on Manihiki.

For Palm Sunday, the St Anne, Joachim Parish and Holy Family Parish of Manihiki combined for one service.

Easter customs vary across the world, and include sunrise services, decorating Easter eggs (symbols of the empty tomb Eastertide), family get-togethers and holiday travel.

Aitutaki is the most popular destination for Rarotonga travellers during Easter, and some visit the other Pa Enua.

Additional customs that are associated with Easter include egg hunting, the Easter Bunny, Easter parades and lots of chocolate.

Stay safe on the roads this weekend, don’t speed or use your mobile phone while driving and organise alternative transport if you plan to have a night out.