Easter Sunday 2015

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.

The oratory on Easter morning

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!

Our chapel just before Lauds, Easter 2015

 

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.)

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11 thoughts on “Easter Sunday 2015”

  1. I remember now that you mention it two nuns in a&e celebrating the vigil. It makes me smile as well as having been a splendid witness to Our Lord,
    Christ is Risen!
    Blessings to you both

  2. So glad that you were able to celebrate at home this year. You were in my prayers in our Vigil mass last night. I love the thought that Christians across the world were welcoming Easter together (on a rolling timeframe), whether in a convent, a modest rural parish church like ours, in A&E or in the splendour of a great basilica. Happy Easter to you all – including Bro. Duncan, naturally!

  3. Happy Easter. Thank you for this post and all the others. It means a great deal to be able to check in and join in with you at this special time.

  4. Thank you for this very encouraging Easter blog : Sometimes it feels as though we are entering a new dark age,but the light of Christ will never be extinguished. In secret rooms all over the world Christians are worshipping the the risen Lord. Praise his name. Thank you sister for your prayers and fellowship 🙂

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