The Reverend Annalise Castro, Chaplain for St. Andrew’s Schools
The Reverend Annalise Castro, Chaplain for St. Andrew’s Schools

St. Andrew’s Priory and Prep students attended an emotional Chapel on April 11, in honor of Holy Week. The Reverend Annalise Castro, Chaplain for St. Andrew’s Schools, chose readings from the International Children’s Bible to make the language more accessible and appropriate for the age range of our students.

“Today is a special Chapel as we prepare for Easter Sunday,” Head of School, Dr. Ruth Fletcher, shared in her welcoming remarks. “This service will look and feel slightly different and will help us further understand the meaning and celebration of Easter. Keep in mind that before there is light, there is darkness, and with every shadow, there must be light.”

In her highly praised angelic voice, choir director, Naomi Castro, led the community in the opening hymn, “All Glory Laud and Honor.”

But it was the presentation of the passion narrative, recalling Jesus’ final hours and passion where emotions ran high. “This story will always be difficult for me to read,” chaplain Castro shared. “It is necessary and should be heard more often,” she continued, “for it is not without the darkness of the cross that we fully appreciate the miracle of Easter.”

At the end of chapel, students were invited to take a palm cross as they exited in absolute silence and reflection. The palm crosses will be kept safe until next year, at which time they will provide the ash for Ash Wednesday crosses.

Holy Week celebrations continue with the observance of Maundy Thursday, which is the commemoration of the last supper and foot washing, and Good Friday. Easter Services at The Cathedral of St. Andrew begins Saturday evening at 7:30 p.m. followed by Sunday services at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

All Cathedral services are open to the public.