Morgan County families celebrated two annual traditions last week to celebrate Easter’s arrival this Sunday, April 1.
The Morgan County Recreational Department facilitated the annual Easter Egg Hunt at Bill Wood Park last Saturday. Families with small children descended upon the park with colorful baskets to find hidden Easter eggs with small prizes inside of them.
The Madison’s Episcopal Church of the Advent orchestrated the annual Palm Sunday processional, which attracted over about 200 people to march through downtown Madison. Participants waved palm leaves while following behind a wooden cross draped in a red veil and a mellow donkey named Lightning. With attendees waving palm leaves The route began at the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center and led paraders to Madison Presbyterian Church, Madison Baptist Church, the First United Methodist Church of Madison, Corner Stone Church, Calvary Baptist Church, and ended at the Episcopal Church of the Advent.
Palm Sunday is long-held Christian tradition celebrating Jesus Christ’s arrival in Jerusalem just one week before his crucifixion.
“It is a bittersweet tradition,” said Father Dann Brown of Church of the Advent. “We celebrate Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem where the people sang hymns to commemorate the arrival of a victor, their greatest hope. But we know what Jesus had to go through next to become that,” explained Brown. “We had our cross draped in a red veil to show respectfully and somberly show that part of the story, too. We don’t show off the cross, but we do carry it. “It’s heartwarming to really see the whole town come together and make a good entrance for Easter, which is exactly what Palm Sunday is all about: retelling that story. It’s more of an observance than a celebration. It’s kind of a double entendre. His entrance was triumphant but he was headed for the cross. This tradition helps the whole town tell that story.”