A somewhat belated Happy Easter to any and all! While I have seen neither Easter Bunnies nor Easter Eggs, I had the privilege of celebrating the Sacred Triduum at St Barnabas Church, Jericho. I served every single service throughout the Triduum: Maundy Thursday gave us the Mass of the Last Supper, where the Priest Celebrant washed the feet of (some member of) the congregation. The Solemn Liturgy of Good Friday allowed us to consider Christ’s death on the Cross, venerate said Cross and receive Holy Communion from the reserved Sacrament (during the Mass of the Last Supper, the Blessed Sacrament is taken to the Garden of Repose). Following this liturgy, the Altar is completely empty, and all remaining consecrated wafers are consumed – Christ is no longer present in the Church apart from on the Cross. Holy Saturday ended with the Easter Vigil, where we light the new fire (and the Paschal Candle) and celebrate Christ’s resurrection. Easter Day is also a very festive High Mass, and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament ended Holy Week.
We are now in the Octave of Easter, and I am on my Easter Holiday. While I had one friend staying with me during the weekend of Palm Sunday, I still had to work then – I now have two weeks off. Currently, I have Monika staying with me, and when she goes back home to Stockholm, my sister comes to visit. I thoroughly enjoy lazy mornings, walking around town and popping into a pub, should it take my fancy etc. Working the Triduum was immensely rewarding and moving, but it is very nice to have some time to rest and recover! (I even got a full day in London all on my todd pottering around and visiting various churches on Tuesday – just what the doctor ordered!)
Meanwhile, most of my spare energy is being spent on thinking through the move in August (I am going to cancel my lease on my flat in Stockholm, and move permanently to the UK). Obviously I will not be able to take all of my belongings over here, not even if I at some point get a flat or house of my own, so a lot of careful weeding will have to take place. I assume there’ll be more on this blog about that later in the spring…
For now, I’ll sign off and go to bed 😉