Alleluia, Christ is Risen! Easter Day 2015
The joy of Easter begins with the anticipation of Easter Day. We cover statues, icons and images of the cross at the start of Passiontide, and the starkness of the tomb is brought home with the stripping of the Altar on Maundy Thursday. Chapel is left bare and the Office is stripped to its essentials, as we put ourselves into that place where the Disciples were that very first Easter.
On Holy Saturday, we prepare Chapel in anticipation of the Easter Vigil. Flowers return, coverings are removed, candlesticks are put back into place. We set up a temporary Chapel elsewhere in the Priory to allow these things to happen, but perhaps it also symbolises the Disciples gathering together in one place, scared, lonely, upset and afraid, as they mourn the loss of their Lord and Master.
And then, this morning, we crept downstairs in semi-darkness, with the dawn starting to lighten the sky. The Exultet was sung, the Vigil readings recounted the history of Israel from Creation to the Exodus, and as the sun crept over the horizon and spread its rays into Chapel, our Risen Lord was greeted with a joyful noise.
We have been honoured to have the Venerable Cherry Vann, Archdeacon of Rochdale, with us for the Triduum. Her preaching from Maundy Thursday until this morning included her insights from the sabbatical she has just concluded, during which she spent much time with the L'Arche community in Manchester. With having heard the Easter Resurrection Story from St Mark, we were given the thought that perhaps, it has the original ending of "So they went out and fled from the tomb, for terror and amazement had seized them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid" because that was what actually happened.
Alleluia! Christ is Risen!
He is Risen indeed! Alleluia!
Posted On: 05/04/2015