The Pittsfield Pilgrim 

May 2019

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Nella and Mike Hobson, Publishers

Last Sunday marked the first Sunday following Easter otherwise known by many as “Low Sunday.” In early Christian times it marked the end of the ceremonies surrounding Easter baptisms. During that era many adult converts to the Christian religion were baptized at the Easter Vigil service. After their baptisms the priest or his assistants dressed them in white robes. These robes symbolized their joy and their new membership in the Christian church.

In the week following Easter Sunday they returned to church daily for further instruction in Christian doctrine and ceremony. They wore their white robes during these church visits. On the Sunday after Easter which is also known as the Easter Octave (eight-day period) they appeared in church dressed in their white robes for the last time. After the close of the service they returned the robes and began their roles as ordinary members of the congregation. “Low Sunday” is also unfortunately marked by low church attendance!

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