In the Easter Proclamation, the Exsultet, sung at the beginning of the Easter Vigil services tonight, we will hear the joy-filled declaration: “Be glad, let earth be glad, as glory floods her, ablaze with the light from her eternal King, let all corners of the earth be glad, knowing an end to gloom and darkness.” As the singing continues and candles are lit, single flames unite into a collective brightness. This is the moment in which we recall “the sanctifying power of this night dispels wickedness, washes faults away, restores innocence to the fallen, and joy to mourners, drives out hatred, fosters concord, and brings down the mighty.”
Do we believe this? Might we trust that even amidst suffering and hardship, Christ “lives and reigns for ever and ever?” Will we accept the Spirit’s grace to recognize and embrace Christ within and all around us?
Let us pray for one another as we welcome the glory of our God infused in every crevasse of creation and expressed in our songs of praise. May you and your family be blessed as you celebrate this Easter Season and the promise of eternal Love.
In the Risen Christ,