03 de Oct de 2022

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Celebrating Easter at dawn

PANAMA. There are a variety of ways to celebrate Easter or Resurrection Day. But from the early days of the church, the Easter Vigil w...

PANAMA. There are a variety of ways to celebrate Easter or Resurrection Day. But from the early days of the church, the Easter Vigil was the primary means by which Easter was observed.

This practice has evolved in modern observance into the Easter sunrise service that many churches observe, including in Panama.

The story behind the Easter Sunrise Service is fascinating. There was an old belief that on Easter morning the sun danced in honor of the Resurrection, so that those who rise early could see this performance. People then began to meet at dawn on Easter mornings for this purpose.

After a while these meetings developed into hymn singing and meditating on the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, and they eventually developed into Sunrise Easter Services. Today, sunrise services continue to be popular at Easter time, and they are usually held outdoors.

Every Easter the Society of Friends of the West Indian Museum of Panama puts on an ecumenical Easter sunrise service, on the patio of the West Indian Museum to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus.

The tradition continues this year, as all are invited to join them for the 11th service from 5:45 a.m. to 7:30a.m. on Sunday April 12.

The day begins with fireworks to greet the dawn, followed by the service, choirs, dance troupes, refreshments, and the annual Grace Walter’s Easter Hat Contest.

Pastor Alejandro Douglas of the Christian Mission Church of Panama will be in charge of the service and music will be provided by the Praise and Worship Team of the Christian Mission Church of Panama.

The museum is located in El Marañon, at the corner of Justo Arosemena Avenue and 24th Street in Caledonia.

It’s an enjoyable occasion and well worth the loss of an hour or two of sleep.