Last year we celebrated the Resurrection in the A & E department of our local hospital, quietly praying our way through the Great Vigil. This year we celebrated it at home, in our little oratory, but with this difference: we were able to sing as well as read, although we had no priest to say Mass for us. It brought home to us how privileged we are to be able to celebrate our faith openly, wherever we happen to be. For many today Christianity is driven underground, mocked, a dangerous religion to espouse if one wants to live securely. Two thousand years on the ‘pale Galileean’ continues to demand choices that may lead to suffering and death.
Is there a lesson to be drawn from this? Whether our Easter is liturgically splendid or not, whether it is celebrated openly or secretly, in union with others or alone, the Resurrection is the most important event in the whole of history; and today we celebrate not just its memory but its present reality. There is nothing that compares with this fact: that God in Christ has redeemed us. We have nothing left to fear. He has triumphed. Alleluia!
We wish you all a very joyful Easter and thank you for all the lovely letters, cards and gifts you have sent. Pray for those who are less blessed, especially our persecuted brothers and sisters, and the poor.
(The photographs show our oratory just before Lauds this morning.)