Easter

The angel asks, ‘Why are you looking for the living among the dead?’

Holy Week is without question the busiest time of the year at All Saints: Stripping of the Altar on Maundy Thursday, Remembering the Cross on Good Friday, Easter Vigil on Saturday night, Easter Mass on Sunday morning. Even with its business, Easter Weekend is my favourite time of year in the church, especially the trinity of Easter services: Easter Vigil, the ecumenical sunrise service, and Easter mass.

Words cannot describe the beauty of Easter Vigil. Our church, small and intimate as it is, completely dark save for the seven lamps hanging over the altar. The church gathers outside for the blessing of the new fire, from which the Christ candle is lighted. The ministers and choir lead the procession back into the church, bringing light into the darkness. The entire service is candlelit: the congregation, choir, altar, and acolytes all light the church with candles lit from the Christ candle. We read passages from the Bible highlighting God’s redemption of Israel and the world. When the time comes — when we reach Jesus — when we sing the Gloria, the bells are rung, the bells which have been silent since Thursday. We read of the Resurrection, we renew our baptismal vows, we take Communion, we spill out into the night with exclamations of ‘Happy Easter’ and ‘He is risen!’ Ros, Allie, Christoph, and I troop home, linking arms and skipping, singing. Continue reading