"Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen."
Another Easter Vigil has passed... Lent is over, Christ is truly risen!
The liturgy that started on Thursday evening escalated to a beautiful crescendo ending in the Liturgy of the Paschal Vigil. The feast has started and will last for 50 days!
The Vigil went well, the weather was so bad we couldn't really have a proper procession. The New Fire was lit and the Paschal candle brought The Light of Christ into the Church, the Exsultet was sung and so was the Gloria, finally the Gospel was proclaimed and His Resurrection announced...the 'Alleluia' once again on our lips and the Easter Garden before us with the stone rolled away reminding us of the empty tomb, that death has no power over us and His victory over it was once and for all.
After the Vigil we had a lovely meal together with my sister and her family... and as you can imagine we all had too much chocolate!
We are still in Octave of Easter, which means that these eight days, starting from Easter Sunday till the following one are considered one long day of celebration. For this reason, every day the table, whether for breakfast, lunch or dinner will be beautifully decorated and laid with all the Easter symbols.
After a busy Holy Week, we are now enjoying the fruits of the Resurrection and our human effort to make the Feast of all feast very special.
Here some pictures of our labour.
|Preparing the marzipan Lambs with the girls|
|Egg decorating... this year we used wooden eggs instead of|
real eggs and it worked much better!
|Preparing the 'Easter Garden' for the Parish.|
Polystyrene works very well if you want to
reproduce stone or bricks!
"We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song.” JPII