Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Monday, April 19, 2010
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
The Easter fire casts a glow on the faces of the parish community as the Vigil begins.
The Easter Vigil is celebrated in the Catholic Church during the hours between sunset on Holy Saturday and sunrise on Easter Sunday morning. In our parish it typically begins just beyond sundown, between 8:30 and 9:00.
There are 4 parts:
The Service of Light
The Liturgy of The Word
Christian Initiation/Renewal of Baptism Vows
The fire is lit and the Christ candle (representing The Light of Christ in the world) is lit. Everyone follows the candle into the dark church. Candles are lit and held by the entire community as the Exsultet is sung, telling the story of Christian salvation history. As seven Old Testament readings are read, the lights are gradually brought up in the church. The water in the baptismal pool is blessed by immersing the lit candle in it three times. The fonts in the church are filled after possibly 6 Lenten weeks of being empty. The music is loud and joyfull. Those adults being baptized into the faith begin to be received, those people joining by profession from another faith are met and all are confirmed. The entire community recalls their own baptismal promises during a very wet sprinkling rite throughout the church. The liturgy continues through the celebration of Communion and dismisses, often as late as midnight.
It's an evening rich with tradition and deep with meaning in the Catholic faith.
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Monday, April 5, 2010
One tulip in bloom after a few warm, sunny days and the promise of more blooms in the coming days.
The circular blur in the high background is casued by a new toy--a wide angle/macro lens that screws onto other lens I own. I'm in the early stages of learning what can be done with it. Very low cost fun.