Services mark Easter weekend

O’Neil Miller retrieves a piece of charcoal from the fire at St. Ignatius Catholic Church. The acolyte holds an incensorium in which the charchoal will be placed. Incense will be added for use later in the service. - Photo: CAROL WINKER
O’Neil Miller retrieves a piece of charcoal from the fire at St. Ignatius Catholic Church. The acolyte holds an incensorium in which the charchoal will be placed. Incense will be added for use later in the service. – Photo: CAROL WINKER

Churches throughout the Cayman Islands celebrated Easter over the weekend with liturgies that ranged from the performance of sacred cantatas to Saturday night vigils to Sunday sunrise services.

At St. Ignatius Catholic Church, an Easter fire was blessed outdoors to remind everyone that Christ is the Light who dispels the darkness of their hearts and minds. The fire was used to light a large paschal candle that will stand near the altar for the rest of the year. From this candle, smaller candles were lit and carried into the darkened church by people attending the service.

Easter celebrates Jesus Christ’s resurrection from the dead, the cornerstone of Christianity. Evidence of its significance in Cayman society is that, for more than 100 years, Easter Monday and Good Friday have been observed as public holidays, according to the Handbook of the Cayman Islands, 1908.

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