The Strife Is O’er, The Battle Done

The older I get, the harder Holy Week is on me.  Holy Week, for priests and deacons as well as musicians, is a series of marathons that can take a lot out of you.  Today, after the 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 Noon Masses, I locked and alarmed the church and then came back to the rectory and collapsed.  Utterly collapsed.  I’m dog-tired.  But it’s a good tired because the culmination of the week, the Vigil Mass of Easter, always makes it all worth it.

Lighting the fire

Blessing the Paschal Candle

Lighting the Paschal Candle

The first intonation at the back of the church:  The Light of Christ!

Singing the Exultet

A Blessed Easter to you and yours!

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