Christ Church East Norwalk eNews

Almighty God, who through your only-begotten Son Jesus Christ overcame death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life: Grant that we, who celebrate with joy the day of the Lord's resurrection, may be raised from the death of sin by Your life-giving Spirit; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Dear friends and members of Christ Church,

With the solemn observance of Maundy Thursday and Good Friday behind us we find ourselves this day on Holy Saturday -- that strangest of days -- when no mass is celebrated, no public service is held. Our Lord is in the tomb and not yet risen. He is already dead and not yet risen. Betwixt and between. Rather like we all are in the midst of our diaspora state.  In -- or as some have called it-- under "house arrest" of "Coronatide". And yet, tomorrow, we will "welcome happy morning" with the joy of the joyful Eastertide. Already the church together yet in diaspora. Not yet reunited physically. 

We hold in our prayers all who suffer in this time -- physically, emotionally, and financially. 

We give thanks for those who have been helping those in our congregation who are not "at risk" who have been helping those who are with groceries, palms, the sacrament, Easter Plants, and  physical reminders of our unity in the midst of forced separation. Thank you! 

Easter Service and Coffee Hour 10am,
Though we have had some snags, using the Zoom and FaceBook platforms have provided us with incredible fellowship and worship opportunities. We have worshipped with choirs from across the world and across time and welcomed visitors and newcomers from across the region and the world as well as old-timers who have joined us from afar. 

We had a few connectivity problems this week, so I have made new links completely -- these are connected to the links on the website and the Face Book Page. Here they are for you. Use these, and not previous ones! 

To connect via Zoom, click HERE or go to:

To view only via the Face book page Click HERE and scroll to Video section or go to:

To dial in and listen (and be able to speak) during coffee hour, dial this number: +1 646 558 8656  and then put in this Meeting ID: 460 978 476

See you "in" church.....and HAPPY EASTER!

in Christ,
Fr Ian Montgomery

Easter Flower & Plant Memorials  
The Flowers and Plants adorning our Church dispersed throughout
Norwalk and beyond are given in 
in loving memory of

Alfred Felter, Jr by his wife, Nina and David Brennan by their daughter, Alfred & Eileen Felter, Sr - by their daughter-in-law, Barbara Felter

Their Loved Ones - by Kim and Dave Harris

Mark & Pauline Zamm and Arnold & Matilda Fasano - by the Zamm Family

Loved Ones, Family, and Friends - by Barbara Judson,

Her parents, Hal and Mary Quackenboss and her husband, Christopher W. French, - by Sarah French, 

Elizabeth & Arthur Bibby, Dora & Harry Coombs, Mary & James Coombs, George & Bertha Despres, Pat Johnson, Sonja Frinder, Frank Ross Sr., Mr & Mrs Antonio Ross, Rosemary & Carl Nevidjon.  - by The Ross Family

All Meetings and Activities on campus have been postponed or cancelled until further notice. All members are asked to NOT to come to the church building. Only officers who need to carry on the business of the church will be coming to it and they should be left alone in as sanitized an environment as possible. 

ECCT CYCLE OF PRAYER:  Pray for St. Andrew’s, Madison; St. Mary’s, Manchester; St. Andrew’s, Marble Dale; All Saints’, Meriden; Hospital chaplains; Stephen Ministers; other pastoral care groups; ministries of healing; parish nurses; wellness programs; recovery ministries.

ANGLICAN CYCLE OF PRAYER:  Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

VIGIL LIGHT:  The vigil light burns this week in thanksgiving for the healthcare workers who put their lives on the line every day for this country.

CHECK IT OUT!          
Joyce Generoso is hosting a ZOOM Yoga Fusion class on Wednesday nights.  Please contact her for details!
Joyce:  Cell 203-984-3050: Email:


The First Lesson
Jeremiah 31:1-6

At that time, says the Lord, I will be the God of all the families of Israel, and they shall be my people.

Thus says the Lord:

The people who survived the sword
found grace in the wilderness;

when Israel sought for rest,
the Lord appeared to him from far away.

I have loved you with an everlasting love;
therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you.

Again I will build you, and you shall be built,
O virgin Israel!

Again you shall take your tambourines,
and go forth in the dance of the merrymakers.

Again you shall plant vineyards
on the mountains of Samaria;

the planters shall plant,
and shall enjoy the fruit.

For there shall be a day when sentinels will call
in the hill country of Ephraim:

“Come, let us go up to Zion,
to the Lord our God.”

Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24
Confitemini Domino

1 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; *
his mercy endures for ever.

2 Let Israel now proclaim, *
"His mercy endures for ever."

14 The Lord is my strength and my song, *
and he has become my salvation.

15 There is a sound of exultation and victory *
in the tents of the righteous:

16 "The right hand of the Lord has triumphed! *
the right hand of the Lord is exalted!
the right hand of the Lord has triumphed!"

17 I shall not die, but live, *
and declare the works of the Lord.

18 The Lord has punished me sorely, *
but he did not hand me over to death.

19 Open for me the gates of righteousness; *
I will enter them;
I will offer thanks to the Lord.

20 "This is the gate of the Lord; *
he who is righteous may enter."

21 I will give thanks to you, for you answered me *
and have become my salvation.

22 The same stone which the builders rejected *
has become the chief cornerstone.

23 This is the Lord's doing, *
and it is marvelous in our eyes.

24 On this day the Lord has acted; *
we will rejoice and be glad in it.

The Second Lesson
Acts 10:34-43

Peter began to speak to Cornelius and the other Gentiles: "I truly understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation, anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. You know the message he sent to the people of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ--he is Lord of all. That message spread throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John announced: how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power; how he went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. We are witnesses to all that he did both in Judea and in Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a tree; but God raised him on the third day and allowed him to appear, not to all the people but to us who were chosen by God as witnesses, and who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one ordained by God as judge of the living and the dead. All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name."

The Gospel
John 20:1-18

Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.” Then Peter and the other disciple set out and went toward the tomb. The two were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent down to look in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen wrappings lying there, and the cloth that had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen wrappings but rolled up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; for as yet they did not understand the scripture, that he must rise from the dead. Then the disciples returned to their homes.

But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb; and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying, one at the head and the other at the feet. They said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.” When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.” Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to him in Hebrew, “Rabbouni!” (which means Teacher). Jesus said to her, “Do not hold on to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”; and she told them that he had said these things to her.

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