“Rejoice, heavenly powers! Sing choirs of angels! Exult, all creation around God’s throne! Jesus Christ, our King is risen! Sound the trumpet of salvation!
Rejoice, O earth, in shining splendor, radiant in the brightness of your King! Christ has conquered! Glory fills you! Darkness vanishes for ever!” (Excerpt from the Easter Vigil Exultet. You can read the rest here.)
One of my favorite things about Easter is the flowers! Today at Mass the scent of the white lilies, hydrangeas, and other blooms filled the entire church with that heady springtime aroma! When I smell that sweet fragrance it really feels like Easter! The awesome thing about this holiday is that it lasts for 50 days—until Pentecost. So that means you can eat more of these…
…if you like them, of course. (They make some without animal products if you are vegan. You can even buy all-natural, fruit-sweetened, or organic ones. Who knew?) Still not health food, but it’s a holiday. It deserves a little celebration! I mean, it’s the BIGGEST day in the Church year and the single MOST important day/event in history. What’s not to celebrate?! What are your favorite Easter traditions, ways to celebrate, or treats?
When I was little, getting all dressed up for Easter Mass was a big deal for me. I’d usually get a new dress (or my mom would make me one), and I would sometimes wear a matching hat and white gloves. I was a very “girly girl.” I guess I still am! Though I don’t get to wear all of that anymore. : (
Like most Americans, we also dye eggs every year on Holy Saturday. It’s a fun activity, even though I don’t like eggs. Usually we use eggs from our chickens, too, which is kind of cool.
As for treats… you know me, I like just about anything sweet. Count me in for vegan cheesecakes, candies, cakes…you name it! Hot cross buns are especially fun because it’s a tradition at my house to make them every year (well, most years). Gosh, I guess we have a lot of traditions! Most of them are food-related, too. Hmm…
*Yawn* I’m putting myself to sleep here. This exciting conversation is just too much. You see, I was trying really hard to stick to an Easter themed post, because it didn’t seem like it would fit with the spirit of things to post all my normal stuff…but I’m finding this to be very dull.
You know what I really want to do? I want to share a movie review of a film I saw yesterday. And gosh darn I’m going to do it! ; ) But in another post, because I started to do it in this one but it would’ve made it much too long. I’m sure the suspense is absolutely killing! (Actually, that’s a good hint for what the movie is going to be. Nope, not a Hitchcock…but close!)
Adieu! (another clue)
(yep, that’s a clue, too!)
“The joyful news that He is risen does not change the contemporary world. Still before us lie work, discipline, sacrifice. But the fact of Easter gives us the spiritual power to do the work, accept the discipline, and make the sacrifice.” ~Henry Knox Sherrill