Sunday, April 8, 2012

He Is Risen, Alleluia!

Last night we gathered outside in the darkness and the fire was lit.  From the small single flame, a large fire was kindled.  And so began our Easter Vigil.  Moving through the opening stages of blessing the fire, the candle and then lighting the candle and processing into the dark chapel to hear the proclamation, The Light of Christ! was truly undescribable. 

And then the light began to disperse further as we lighted our candles from the Paschal candle.  And after Father had chanted the Exsultet, we began the Liturgy of the Word and traveled with our ancestors in the faith through all seven of the Old Testament readings with their sung responsorial psalms.

After the homily, we had the blessing of the Easter water followed by the renewal of our baptismal promises.

With the renewed liturgy, we heard new prayers, a new translation of the Exsultet.  A new liturgy, but a faith 2000+ years old.  A rich tradition from which we mine abundant treasures.

May we all share today in the treasures of our faith in Christ's Resurrection.

He is risen, Alleluia!

And a blessed Easter for all of us!

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