The world will always remember Easter Sunday, April 12th, 2020, as a strange day in history. In the midst of a Global Pandemic and in times of ‘social distancing’ regulations, it has been hard for many people around the world to find hope. Church doors worldwide being closed to the public has made this time of uncertainty even more daunting for many. However, two members of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church wanted to spread a sign of hope this Easter, well at least in their community.
As the Reverend Jessica Harris Babcock of St. Mark’s, was live-streaming her Easter sermon, they were busy setting up a wooden cross in the church parking lot. The intention was to have people drive up, get out of their cars and place flowers on the cross. This was announced on social media so that anyone who wanted to could stop and decorate.
“We wanted people to remember the true meaning of Easter, and to show our love, by saying we will get through this together.” The flowering of the cross has been a tradition for many years, and it represents the transition from Good Friday, to Easter, from mediation on Jesus’ death to a joyful resurrection. The ceremony transforms a barren cross, a reminder of His death, into an Easter symbol.
The cross started off empty and beside it read a sign that said, “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” Within a few hours, the community had truly shown up and turned the cross into a beautiful display of hope. It was later placed by the roadside so the whole community could drive by and see it.