King James Bible – Exodus 15:27
And they came to Elim, where were
twelve wells of water, and threescore
and ten palm trees: and they
encamped there by the waters.
Just like the muslims go on an annual pilgrimage to Mecca, we as Moravians go to the different Moravian mission stations to celebrate Easter with family and friends.
The great trek for many starts on the Thursday – ‘Witte Donderdag’ – 2h30mins away from Cape Town trying to leave as early as possible to make it in time for the church to be part of the Holy Communion service.
For those of us who did not make it in time due to traffic we attend the Good Friday morning service where we participate in what I call the Capetonian Holy Communion service – more english hymns are sung, but this could also give the Elim guys a chance to impress the Cape Town girls hahaha :-D.
After the service it is Pickle Fish and Hot Cross Buns do not break the tradition by eating with a knife and fork please. Aaaah what a Good Friday it is breaking bread with the family and the smell of fresh onion breath in the air :-D…..I’m glad I greeted everyone I needed to after the morning service because I put out a warning if you sitting next to me in church at the afternoon service please bring breath mints haha.
2:30pm: We all make our way down Kerk Straat towards the church the sombre atmosphere is breathtaking as we kneel while the church bell rings and we listen to the priest read out the details of what happened the day Jesus was crucified.
King James Bible – John 3:16
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
http:// http:// http://biblehub.com/exodus/15-27.htm
After church, time to get out the suit and tie and jump into something more comfortable to plan for the night ahead, some of us haven’t seen each other in a while so there is alot of catching up to do. The evening is usually spent on The Poort or more recently The View where the youngsters are gathered around a fire, music playing from a car and some drinks all around just enjoying conversation with friends and family you haven’t seen in a while.
The Saturday we go to the graveyard to pay our respects by putting flowers on the graves and doing some touch ups where needed. For a place that is usually associated with sadness this tradition of Easter Saturday is a jolly occassion as people chat about their memories of the lost loved ones, yes some people will be in still pray for those who were lost recently but respect is shown all around.
From the graveyard the men and some of the woman move over to the rugby field to watch the beloved Elim Blues take on an invitational team from the surrounding area. This town is not only built around the church but also around their love for the game of rugby, at the rugby field you will hear cheers and boo’s as if u are at a game at Newlands :-D. The smell of boerewors and curry buns and a good game of rugby creates a festive atmoshpere of comraderie between the Elimers.
As the sun sets and the moon rises the streets are once again filled with people walking around laughing and chatting, groups stopping in the middle of the street to greet one another ahhh no where else will you find this much freedom I think.
The method for determining the
date of Easter is complex and has been a matter of controversy. Put as simply as possible, the Western
churches (Catholic and Protestant) celebrate Easter on the first Sunday following the first full moon after the spring equinox.
In Elim the clear night sky is a great way to just stare at the full moon rising you can see every star shining bright, this cannot be explained in words or pictures it has to ne experienced first hand.
6:30am: Sunday morning once again we are gathered, still sleepy eyed, in front of the church where we make our way up to the graveyard for the morning service of reading out the names of the Moravians who past away over the last year. This year my Ouma’s name was read I know she was with us in spirit as well as my dog Spotty, all dogs go to heaven right :-D.
Lunch with the family followed by a lazy sunday afternoon nap, if you need to get away from the hustle and bustle of Cape Town, Elim definitely offers you that peace and quiet.
There is a Midnight Jol at the Stoor for those interested in shaking it loose like guava juice and ofcourse if you want to give that girl you met a last squeeze haha :-D.
And that is how our Easter weekend goes busy busy but luckily the Monday is a holiday, not looking forward to the goodbyes though anyway wishing you all a…
Blessed Easter and Safe Travels 😀