Now some of you might be thinking,
“hmmm….this photo looks suspiciously familiar.”
“Haven’t I seen this before?”
Well, my response is “yes and no!”
Although these photos are all brand new, they are, nonetheless, the same in their essential content.
And isn’t this just what Easter is all about? Isn’t Easter all about celebrating Christ’s Resurrection every year in precisely the same way?
I think this answer should be pleasing, especially to all of the stodgy conservatives out there among the lionandox.com readership.
I mean, when you went to the Easter Vigil were you expecting to see something new?
Or were you, rather, hoping to see all of those same old dear traditions that you remembered from years past?
As a parish music director, I, of course, get an expansive loft-view of the relatively massive Easter Sunday turnout, which is a well-known Catholic phenomenon. Churches are packed on Christmas and Easter.
One remarks to oneself,
“Wow, I had no idea that there were so many people in this parish!’
And then one is struck with the simultaneous realization that,
“Yes, everyone has come back to celebrate Easter and they all expect to see something very similar to the celebration that they saw last year, and the year before that, and hopefully even something similar to the Easter celebrations in the golden memories of their own childhood!”
Ever ancient, ever new!
After the Sacred Triduum (which seems to be evolving into the Sacred Quadruum for those parishes which are adding Tenebrae Services on “Spy Wednesday”) we celebrated Easter Brunch at 1:30 pm!
I really don’t mind that parishes are celebrating their vigil Masses a little earlier these days. This sort of thing used to annoy me-I admit it. I used to be a staunch defender of the 11:30 pm Easter Vigil start time. But for those of us who have to attend three more Easter Masses the next morning, a 7:30 PM vigil does have an appeal.
We mixed our Proseco with some cold orange juice.
Easter is also about Hollandaise Sauce on a bed of asparagus!
I have to say these sticky cinnamon rolls were scrumptious. Stephanie baked them just right. Chewy, soft and buttery. I think she followed a Paula Deen recipe.
Five hours later, after a nap and a three-mile walk, we tucked into Easter dinner. This year we took the Spiral-Sliced Ham option. Together with scalloped potatoes and a buttery roasted multi- colored carrot medley, the day was complete.
It’s always tough for me to know just what to pair with ham. I chose a 2016 Mark West Pinot Noir and a bottle of 2015 Franciscan Estate Chardonnay from Napa Valley. We enjoyed both! I am not so sure that I am ready to defend the ham and Pinot pairing, nonetheless I did enjoy the Mark West (especially for the modest price – although at the very top of my wine budget).