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Holy Week and Easter 2012

2012 April 12
by Gordon Reid

What a wonderful Holy Week and Easter we have just had at St Clement’s. My thanks are due to so many people in the congregation that I hardly know where to begin. And it is often better not to begin, because (like thank-you speeches at weddings) one always leaves someone out by accident.

But I do have to thank very specially our new Deacon, Ethan Jewett, for his great ability to learn new rites and ceremonies, and especially for his singing of the Exsultet at the Easter Vigil. He also managed to hold the Paschal Candle at the font without any wax dripping from it, a feat I have often failed at. And he made me laugh when I was scattering the blessed waters to the four points of the compass. When I got to the one to my right where he was standing, he ducked just in time for it to fly past him harmlessly. Of course, I only laughed inwardly, as I was still singing away merrily.

The whole Triduum was marked with a spirit of joy which carried us through to one of the loveliest Easter Morning Masses I have known. Our choir, as usual, was superb, and the last thing they sang, the “Regina Caeli” from Mascagni’s “Cavelleria Rusticana” was electrifying. The roof rang with “O Signore” and “Alleluia”.

At the end, we could all say with gratitude to God “Christ is risen; he is risen indeed. Alleluia”!

5 Responses leave one →
  1. Terry Porter permalink
    April 13, 2012

    So glad that you have resumed your blog. I look forward to reading it. Blessings to all at St Clements.

  2. April 14, 2012

    Cher Père Gordon,

    Je suis content de voir que vous êtes de retour sur votre blogue. Je pensais que vous étiez en train de le laisser tomber.

    Il est vraiment ressuscité!

  3. stacey permalink
    April 21, 2012

    Blessings to you this Easter and all at St. Clements!

  4. Cornelius Badger permalink
    April 23, 2012

    re: “Il est vraiment ressuscité.”

    Peut-être, c’est vrai également de la francophonie ici a Philadelphie, et dans la tradition et le praxus catholique.

  5. Matthew Baker permalink
    May 2, 2012

    What a shame that the Mass of the Pre-sanctified seems to have disappeared from the Good Friday liturgy (judging by the photos on flikr which I received on mailing list). St. Clement’s was the only Anglican parish I know which kept this most ancient liturgy of the Western church intact. Actually, it seems that several of the unfortunate Pian (aka Bugnini) reforms seem to have been implemeted at St Clement’s this past Holy Week. 57 years later and just as the tide is turning in the other direction…

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