Holy Week and Easter 2012
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”!