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The Flowering of the Cross is a long-running Easter tradition here at OPC. We place a small cross at the front of the church for Maundy Thursday. Two rough tree limbs make the cross, encircled with chicken wire.
It looks ugly -- and dead.
During the Easter Sunday service, the congregation comes forward to decorate the cross. Some members bring flowers from their gardens. Others use flowers provided by the church.
Church members surround the cross and it disappears from view. When everyone returns to their pews, the cross appears transformed. Covered in colorful flowers, the cross appears beautiful and alive.
A wonderful symbol of Easter, and a beloved tradition for our church.
He is risen, indeed.
- Ralph Graves