He is risen!

Last night at midnight I stood in a candlelit church for Easter Vigil. In the courtyard we blessed the new fire and the Christ candle for this year, and processed in, each lighting our candles as we entered the church. The only light throughout the service were our candles and the seven lamps and candles in the sanctuary. We read passages highlighting the redemptive narrative of the scriptures and proclaimed the Resurrection of Christ. He is risen, alleluia!

This Easter has been pure joy. Rejoice, ‘he is not here, he has risen’! This morning we went to the sunrise service at St Mary’s on the Rocks, the church ruins on the top of the cliff beside the Cathedral. A hundred or more of us were there from all the churches in town. We sang praises to the accompaniment of waves crashing below us and seagulls above and in the light of the rising sun over the North Sea. I told Ros I wanted a tambourine, so I could lead the throng with singing and dancing. Tristan teased me for wanting to be Miriam, but I didn’t mind. I was happy. And I did skip and dance and sing ‘Redeemed, how I love to proclaim it’.

Ros and I had breakfast with Faith and Isaac, and so I both began and ended Lent with pancakes. Then was the service, and afterward Ros and I walked down the pier where I witnessed the iconic Pier Walk, then along East Sands, and finally home. Polo greeted us at the door and I visited with her for a while outside. Lunch was preceded by Easter baskets, and then we picnicked in our back garden.

Miss Kitty joined us as we spent the afternoon singing hymns, and when she left Polo came back. (This afternoon was spent also negotiating their respective claims to our garden and our attention.)

Both last night during Vigil and this morning during the service, we renewed our baptismal vows. All are worth repeating, especially the Creed, but for brevity’s sake I’ll put just the last three:

Will you proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ?
I will, with God’s help.

Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbour as yourself?
I will, with God’s help.

Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being?
I will, with God’s help.

And now, off to Evensong, and then to a lovely dinner and evening spent with friends. Happy Easter! He is risen!

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