Saving Graces

new mercies each and every day

Easter Triduum – The Vigil

Apr
24

I spent the whole day at church. From dawn to way past dusk. Choir practice from 8:30 till 12. Dance practice after that. Yes there was liturgical dance and my traditional soul still cringes that I took part. A, of course, the vigil after a bit of warming up voices and muscles, and excitement all around. We started with the liturgy of the word then after the readings, we danced to Our God is an Awesome God. Then during the liturgy of the Light, I sang the Exultet with Emille. It was beautiful. This is the version we sung…

An then the catechumens got baptised. Oh what a glorious sight. Fr. J had a plunge pool so he baptised them alright! Buckets of freezing water and all. And then we helped them all process in and they got confirmed with the slaps of course. 🙂

It was wondrous. It was festive. For

HE IS RISEN!!!!

AND HE LIVES FOREVERMORE!!!!!

Easter Triduum – Good Friday

Apr
23

The Good Friday services were inspired. Truly! Liberal that he is Fr. J had the stations of the cross up on the screen – scenes and clips from the passion nogal… and here I thought this Easter I had not had a chance to watch the Passion. It was all the important bits… the way of the cross… the via dolorosa. And I surprisingly missed the kneeling. I find it therapeutic and it reminds me that He suffered great pain for me. I was all alone though, was the only one to wake up at home and Nya was at work. I was a bit sad about that.

Then there was the 3 o’clock service. All the tiny crosses that Fr had given parishioners for lent had been used to make up the big cross. And in true dramatic Fr. J fashion he nailed a couple more on there during the service. He emphasized how we are to lay our crosses with Jesus, how we are to carry the for the Christian life is one of suffering before the dawn, of allowing Jesus to help us carry our crosses. We are born of the cross. We die with Christ so we can rise up with Him.

Now we wait not in despair but in hope for we know He rose again.

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Easter Triduum – Maundy Thursday

Apr
21

 It’s Maundy Thursday and a song that Sr. Sturmia taught us was sung today – “The Lord Jesus, after eating with His friends, washed their feet and said to them Do you know what I your Lord has done to you? I have given you example that so you also should do”

Padre talked about service and it was intense. We renewed our commitments to our ministries, guess who stood up more than once? He talked about how we are all called to be feet washers, to realise that ours is a life of service to the body of Christ. We then went to wait and watch.

A grotto type of garden had been created in the hall where they placed the Host. And it was adoration at its best. Another of Sr. Sturmia’s finest…

“My soul is sad My heart is breaking tonight Could you not watch and comfort me until night I am alone surrounded only by night Could you not watch one hour with me?”

So we wait… and watch… ht pic1, ht pic 2