A few years ago, we began construction on a garden area located to the right of the church building. the central feature of this garden is a “fire pit” in which the new fire will be kindled on Holy Saturday nigh, the Great Easter Vigil. We have incorporated into its design some elements of early Christian architecture; the area is the form of an octagon, the eight sided figure representing the resurrection of Jesus as the day which completes the 7 days of creation and inaugurates the new creation. The cross is aligned to the four cardinal directions of north, south, east and west, with the fire pit in the center representing Christ who stands at the center of creation and history. A statue of the risen Christ is placed above the fire pit, facing the eastward sunrise and was donated in memory of Merle Anderson by the Anderson family and others. We have named it the “Alpha and Omega Garden“, using the words that the Church prays on Holy Saturday night as the new fire is kindled and the paschal candle blessed: “Jesus Christ, the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End; to Him belongs all time and all ages.”
Since this is a prayer area that will be used not only for the Easter Vigil but at other times during the year, we thought it would be appropriate for families to commemorate joining the parish or to memorialize departed loved ones. We are offering custom engraved pavers to our specifications, as well as a limited number of engraved marble benches. These memorial pavers and benches will be used in the garden and will serve as a remembrance to faithful departed while proclaiming our faith in the victory of Christ over death.
All proceeds from the prayer pavers and benches will be used to support the life and ministry of our parish. Click here for details and order forms. They are also available at the SCRIP table in the Narthex and in the Parish Office.
Thank you for your generous support. The many ministries we have at St. Bernard would not be possible without the contributions of the many talents we have in our parish.