This is a slightly edited re-post from two years ago, a special memory from one of our stops on our Caribbean cruise in 2008:
We were in Antigua, West Indies, on Ash Wednesday and happened upon a lovely old church during their Ash Wednesday service. We did not realize what the building was, as we approached. I am the explorer, and the beautiful old building looked intriguing.
At the door we were welcomed inside so we went in, receiving an unexpected treat. We were blessed to listen to part of the Ash Wednesday service, as the Priest spoke to the congregation, that included a group of pristinely dressed school children. Although we felt somewhat out of place in this foreign environment, we also felt included, as we, too, believed in the message being spoken.
When a break in the service occurred, we quietly slipped out. It was an experience we will not forget, and part of the reason we returned to the island a few years later.
The church was beautifully old, and I would have loved to take more pictures, but I didn’t want to be intrusive.
During this Easter Season, it is a perfect time to not only remember Christ’s death and resurrection, but to feel united with those around the world celebrating with us.
May your Easter Season be blessed and beautiful!