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ISSUE 121 VOL 15 PUBLISHED 3/21/2008

This week in St. Olaf history

By Mark Forsberg
Staff Writer

Friday, March 21, 2008

Though Easter lands on the early side of spring this year, it landed nearly as early three years ago. Saturday, March 26, 2005 marked the unique service in Boe Chapel that joined five local ELCA churches to observe the Great Easter Vigil. Bishop Harold Usgaard of ELCA's Southwestern Minnesota Synod assisted in presiding over the great service.

Easter is often lumped with spring break and the excitement of hibernating after a long week of mid-terms. However, events surrounding Lent and Easter have been faithfully observed throughout the years at St. Olaf. Students have attended Vespers services during Lent, chapel services are often centered on an Easter time theme throughout Lent and for years now, the Palm Sunday service has begun on the steps of the Science Center before progressing into the chapel.

During President Granskou's leadership at St. Olaf (1943 -- 1963), he gave an Easter greeting as a friendly reminder to his eager listeners. "The world will, therefore, never tire of the Easter message as long as men are men, with needs to be met and with hopes to be filled," Granskou said. "Such an expression of faith gives life meaning, and purpose, and destiny."

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