And, more appropriately for today – Happy Dyngus Day!
I trust that this finds you all still basking in the glory of Easter morning, in the new-found hope we encounter in the empty tomb. The four of us are all in various stages of tiredness here, having participated in and added our voices to liturgies non-stop since Thursday. It was a truly beautiful Triduum with a sense of community, as both Fr. Denis and Fr. Martin noted in their homilies during the Easter Vigil Mass. From all the choirs throughout the Triduum and on to Easter Sunday, to those who decorated the church and prepared the Altar of Repose on Holy Thursday, from the stark lighting set-up for Prayer around the Cross on Good Friday, to the intricate empty tomb scene around the baptismal font (and a life-size tomb to process by during the Easter Vigil) – the contributions and efforts were many and varied, but all incredibly worthwhile. Personally, as my first Easter celebration away from Notre Dame it was an amazing experience, and I am humbled and grateful to have played a part in it. My own words lack the depth to convey the majesty that is found in the glory of the Easter celebration, so perhaps some text from the Exultet that Molly sang on Holy Saturday night is most fitting here:
Be glad, let earth be glad, as glory floods her,
ablaze with light from her eternal King,
let all corners of the earth be glad,
knowing an end to gloom and darkness.
Rejoice, let Mother Church also rejoice,
arrayed with the lightning of his glory,
let this holy building shake with joy,
filled with the mighty voices of the peoples.
May you find peace and many blessings in your Monday!