The Easter Altar
The Altar has been decorated this Easter to symbolise the Passion and Death of Our Lord. The allegory shows:
The two background planters with palms
These represent the Holy Land and Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem, soon to be betrayed and rejected by the people who had hailed him as the Messiah.
On the Right - Sin and Death
We see the two broken tablets of the Decalogue (the Ten Commandments) from Mount Sinai, the messages given by our Creator to Moses on how to live a better life and please God. They were broken by Moses in anger at the rebellious nature of mankind – as reflected today in this secular society. In the background, an olive tree represents Christ’s agony in the Garden of Gethsemane and in the foreground, thorns brought from that very garden on a recent pilgrimage. The white flower arrangement signifies Jesus’ purity and innocence and his death as a propitiation for our sins.
On the left – Christ’s Passion and Death
The cross represents Our Lords Passion and Death. With the crown of thorns are five red roses to depict His five sacred wounds. Around the base of the cross are dried olives from a tree, (over two thousand years old) still growing in the Garden of Gethsemane from the time of Our Lord’s Passion. Also rocks to represent Golgotha, taken from the Apparition Hill in Medjugorje symbolising the place where his Holy Mother stood and from the Garden of Gethsemane where He accepted His death. The red and white silk cloth depicts the blood and water flowing from his side as a fount of mercy for us.