An Oakland Beach tradition


The First Congregational Church of Warwick and St. Rita’s Church joined to celebrate Easter on the shore of Oakland Beach, where they held a reenactment of Jesus revealing himself after his crucifixion to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias, where they had been fishing without luck. Jesus asked of them whether they had caught any fish, and when they said no he told them to cast their nets on the right side of the boat. They did and, according to scripture, were unable to haul in the net it was so full of fish. It was at that point that the disciples recognized Jesus, who urged them to come ashore and have breakfast, where he gave them bread and fish. As the reenactment came to an end, those dressed as disciples moved among those gathered with baskets of bread and fish. The service was held in memory of Pastor Warren G. Marble, who organized the first Oakland Beach reenactment service between the two churches.


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