Greening of the Cross Liturgy

Set up: Movie clip, slideshow, cross structure or drawn on ground with chalk or rocks, greenery or flowers near by.
Play clip of Easter Resurrection appearances.’ Until 4min 43 sec. 
Greening of the Cross
Jesus, the first of the sleepers has risen.
Power is His to wake us all from darkness.
To bring life into every place.
We like Mary, bring ourselves to the tomb this morning, searching for Jesus.
May He call each of us by name, may he open our eyes through his power,
may we each have a message of hope to share.
Let’s spend a moment with our hearts turned to Jesus, who’s humble, ever surprising and powerful spirit is with us.
As the old hymn says, let’s ponder anew what the almighty can do.
I invite you now to take a piece of greenery and bring it to the cross in thanks and honor, in faith and willingness, in hope and love.
Play slideshow with images of people celebrating Easter around the world and song ‘Of the Father’s love begotten’ Fernando Ortega as people place greenery on cross.
How do we understand the mystery of your death and life, Jesus?
How do we explain it?
We can only live it;
allowing it to permeate every grain
of this sand that forms us,
every thought, every priority, every act and every interaction,
For then we are your witnesses,
and you deserve nothing less from us.
John van de Laar
by Emma Morgan