We have these words from Luke and many others that remind us to proclaim with joy-
The Easter Vigil was a celebration of great joy! We gathered outside around the fire that I wrote about here. (these photos were clearly taken before we gathered – the pitchers to the right in one of them are old oils from last year.)
We processed in darkness into the church and suddenly one flame became many as we shared the Light of the Risen Christ with one another. This is our Easter joy!
Father Butler sang a beautiful Exultet, which if you have never heard, you should listen to. I don’t have access to any recording of Father’s voice, but you can here it on this website,it is a lovely version.
And our altar looked beautiful with all of its flowers, which you can see in this photo.
We welcomed three new members into our community; two women who were baptized and then a third, who along with the first two received the sacraments of confirmation and first Eucharist. It was beautiful and moving, as it always is.
If you have never been to Easter Vigil, you might really want to consider attending next year; I think it is unparalleled in our church life.
May you all the joys, blessings and new life of Easter be with you as we celebrate the essential notion of our faith this year and always.
Peace Unto All! Live in the Light of the Risen Christ!
Blessings of Easter 2008 to one and all!