“Rejoice, O, heavenly powers! Sing, choirs of angels! Jesus Christ our Lord is Risen! Sound the Trumpet of Salvation!” –the Exultet, sung at The Great Easter Vigil
This Holy Week starts tonight and there is a hard road to walk until we can hear these words, but we will hear them. They will be the first acclamation of the sign of the defeat of death, which is the defeat of sin. We often get caught up in the refinements of Easter. The clothes, the candy, the bunnies which appear nowhere in the Gospels all point to cuteness, rejoicing, and fun.
What we often do not do is walk with Jesus through the Crucifixion to the other side which is so much better. On our way to the shining new life, eternal life, offered to Jesus we will walk through the sewage in the streets of being human. We will see betrayal, raw power, friends who were not friends, and all the back stabbing that we experience. All of this is so that you know that God knows what it is like to be you.
I invite you to come and experience the ignominies of being human as we walk with Jesus through the Upper Room tonight where the Eucharist is instituted, ordination is instituted, and Jesus allows Judas to leave and betray him in the midst of this Great Celebration. We will experience all this at 7 pm tonight.
I invite you to behold the wood of the Cross on which is hung our salvation at the hour of Jesus’ death at 3 pm tomorrow, Good Friday. It is only Good because it is the day that our sins were forgiven by the final ultimate sacrifice of the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. Then at 7 pm, we hear the agony of the Seven Last Words of Christ.
I invite you to “Rejoice” with the heavenly powers, sing with choirs of angels, and hear our salvation trumpeted from the darkness to the lights being turned on and the bells being rung at the Easter Vigil on Saturday at 7 pm. It is the first Mass of Easter and what I feel is the principle Mass of the entire Church year. We only have one Mass on Easter Sunday which still has room and that is at 8:30 am.
So, let’s come together in person and online to celebrate a God who loves us so much he saved us.