This is the day the Lord has made, Alleluia!
Let us rejoice and be glad in it, Alleluia!
Christ is risen, Alleluia!
He is risen, indeed, Alleluia!
Easter Greetings to you all! Here are some highlights of our Holy Week and Easter.
Holy Thursday we had a small meal in imitation of the Passover meal, as discussed here. I added the grapes, as per the description from Rumer Godden’s book. I reread Mary Reed Newland’s Holy Thursday traditions, and many elements match my idea. During the Easter Vigil on hearing those words “This is our Passover Feast” really struck home that the Mass is our emphasis, not the Seder Meal. And another reason why a Seder Meal doesn’t go over well in our home — dh and I don’t like lamb. Every year I try, but it’s the aroma and aftertaste that I just find distasteful….
Here is a description of our traditions for Holy Thursday when I was growing up. We now save our foot-washing until Easter Sunday, when all the families are together. Pictures are below.
Our Fontanini figures didn’t arrive in time for presentations in Holy Week, so I made a tomb from a shoebox, with a stone to roll away. I used a corpus from a broken crucifix and laid it in the tomb. On Easter only the cloths remained, with an image of the Resurrected Christ.
No one was sick this Triduum, so we attended as a family to Holy Thursday, Good Friday and the Easter Vigil liturgies. I was able to present the Liturgy of Light presentation in a small way to my son, and he really was good and attentive to the long 3 hour Easter Vigil. We had baptisms and confirmations, trumpets, French horn, timpani, choir and organ, the Liturgy of Light…so much to keep him involved.
My lamb cake was a HUGE success. This was the best I’ve ever done, and thanks to Elizabeth’s Foss’ suggestions in the Easter Menu thread. Yummy! The decorating took more time than planned, as I couldn’t squeeze the decorator bag because of a arthritic thumb…a family problem from my mother.
Easter Sunday was spent at my parents’ house, with an egg hunt and dinner. Our family’s egg traditions start off on Holy Saturday. We usually get together and color and dye eggs. Adults and children alike are part of this tradition. We compete in creating the Alleluia egg — only criteria are that the egg needs to have Alleluia and depict the joy of the Resurrection. Usually yellow eggs are chosen, but not a requirement. The judging took place on Sunday, and one of my eggs won.
My brother-in-law is the very generous “Easter Pooka” (watch “Harvey” to know what we mean) and he hid 66 eggs, plus the Alleluia egg. My son found the most eggs this year (with help) — and this was a big year for him, because he was able to touch the real eggs, not just plastic this time! Everyone gets an Easter bag with goodies, and the person who finds the Alleluia wins the big gold box of goodies. In imitation of the Masters golf tournament, there is a gold jacket ceremony and presentation of the box. It’s all great fun for the kids and adults.
When the family came together we had a foot washing on Easter Sunday, as a sign of repentance and forgiveness, of rebirth in grace, which fits perfectly in tune with Easter. We follow Christ’s Mandatum. “If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you.”
More photos at Flickr Slideshow.
I hope you all had a blessed Easter, and continue to share the Easter joy in our Resurrected Lord for the 50 days of this Easter season!