1. the festivals celebrated at the St. James Cathedral church 2. the significance and meaning of the festivals to the members of the church 3. the benefits the members get from celebrating the festivals.
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Summary of Findings
The St. James Anglican Church (Cathedral) celebrates many festivals. Throughout this research, I have gained information on five (5) festivals celebrated at the St. James Anglican church, Spanish town. I have gained information on the significance and meaning of the festivals to the members of the church and the benefits the members get from celebrating the festivals. Christmas is celebrated at the St. James Cathedral church on the 25th of December. Members celebrate this festival because it celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ. Members usually wear whatever they please on this festival day. They celebrate this festival by having church service from 7 a.m. until 10 a.m. During the service they would talk about the birth of Jesus and how glad they are that he was born. Members benefit from this festival by having the chance to come together with friends and family to celebrate the birth of Jesus and to show appreciation to the lord. Palm Sunday is celebrated on the Sunday before Easter Sunday at the cathedral church. It is celebrated because it symbolizes the day when Jesus rode on a donkey into Jerusalem. Members do not have a specific colour to wear on this festival day. On this day palm leaves are issued to the assembled worshippers. Members stated that Jesus went to Jerusalem at the start of his last week before crucifixion probably in preparation for the Jewish Passover feast later in the week. He also went to teach, and during this week he spoke many parables, the Lord's Prayer, and a number of key teachings for His followers. Easter marks the most important religious celebration of the Christian faith. Members celebrate this festival because it commemorates the resurrection of Jesus Christ, which his followers believe occurred on the third day after his death. There is no set date for Easter, but it always falls on a Sunday (usually between late March and late April). The service is celebrated at sunrise, and is celebrated by the lightening of candles, in the morning time; men and women dressed up in their special Easter outfits go to the church and offer prayers. The benefit the members get is to show appreciation to Jesus because he voluntarily died on the cross to save us sinners from an eternity without God. Advent is the period of preparation for the coming of Christ. Advent is celebrated between November 27 and December the 3rd. Members benefit from this festival because they will get a chance to participate in the second coming of Christ and also to thank him for his presence among us on earth. On this day, members are expected to wear purple. The members celebrate this festival by attending church service from 7 a.m. in the morning until about minutes after 10 a.m. On Good Friday members are to wear black and white. This festival is celebrated the Friday before Easter Sunday. It symbolizes when Christ was crucified. Members benefit from this festival because on this day they get to reflect and be grateful for the freedom and redemption of their saviour.
1. How many festivals are celebrated at your church?
2. List five of these festivals.
3. Why do you celebrate these festivals?
4. List four benefits you get from celebrating these festivals?
5. Do the young people of the church participate the celebration of these festivals?
6. State three ways in which these festivals impact on your spiritual life?
7. Are the...
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