Our solemn celebration of the Lord’s Passion, death and resurrection have now brought us to Easter Sunday, when our first ‘Alleluia’ for forty days has been proclaimed. We now have 8 days of the Feast of Easter (an ‘Octave’), and 50 days of Eastertide, where the predominant theme of the liturgy will be the resurrection of Jesus and its after-effects on the disciples and the wider society.
For the first time in our church, we have an Easter garden, featuring the Empty Tomb and a river of flowing water; the garden, created and installed by Sonya and John Heffernan, is a beautiful focus for our liturgy and prayer in these few days — see the photos below.
Thanks are due to so many people for making our celebrations so reflective, joyful, participative, dignified, and, indeed, memorable: musicians, singers, Readers, Eucharistic Ministers, basket-makers, Servers, those involved in processions, fire-lighters, church organisers and certainly not least, hospitality ministers, serving after Mass. The labour has been, of course, a labour of love; it was gratifying to see so many people take part in the Masses and services in the days since Palm Sunday, up to and including a packed-out church today (where do all the children and young people come from?). It’s not simply about numbers, but about the witness and support we give to each other and to other people when we come together to worship. As always, there were many comments from visitors, deeply appreciative of their experience of our worship.
Thanks too, to the providers and servers of Lenten soup and bread after our Lenten Wednesday inter-linguistic Masses. The congregations here seemed to be mainly Luxembourgish and French-speaking, and again appreciative of what we were offering.
We miss, of course, all the members of our community who are away for Easter, on holiday/visiting family and friends, and we look forward to their return. The normal weekly life of the parish resumes soon, with classes for Confirmation and First Holy Communion preparation, and the variety of other events.
To one and all, sincere wishes for a joyful and peace-filled Easter. Fr Ed.