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  •  Thank you for a wonderful diary. (16+ / 0-)

    Truly well done.

    I would like to offer a prayer of thanksgiving for all of the clergy, musicians, and lay leaders who worked tirelessly throughout the season of Lent and during Holy Week. This sacred musician is exhausted.

    Thanksgiving for spending the afternoon with colleagues at Easter dinner. It was wonderful to have the invitation and a delightful meal. How they found the time to cook it, I don't have any idea. But it was a blessing.

    I am especially grateful for having had the opportunity to participate musically in our Cathedral's Easter Vigil, especially since it is also my parish. Everything went beautifully at St. Bart's, but there was something about participating in the Vigil that was truly transformational. Bittersweet as it was, as Terun was to have been Baptized at this Vigil (instead of in extremis as he was), as I donned the purple cassock and long, flowing surplice of a Cathedral musician and joined the choir for the procession to the chancel as the Exultet was intoned in the dark nave lighted only by individual flames of the Light of Christ, I felt a part of an ancient rite: at once new, like the fire, but beginningless and endless;  at once pagan, but yet so Christian; in every way both human and divine.

    For those who celebrate it, I wish you a blessed Eastertide. And as my great grandmother used to say:

    Spring has sprung,
                           the Lord is ris',
                          I wonder where
                            the flowers is.

    What is truth? -- Pontius Pilate

    by commonmass on Sun Mar 31, 2013 at 05:46:07 PM PDT

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