I wish all my readers a happy Easter, after presumably having celebrated the various ceremonies of Holy Week and the Triduum.
There is always a lot to do, between the Maundy Thursday Mass and the stripping and washing of the altars. In the Use of Sarum, we don’t have an altar of repose like in the Roman rite, but the Easter Sepulchre on Good Friday which receives the third host consecrated at the Maundy Thursday Mass and the crucifix that was venerated on Good Friday. Then everything is prepared for the Paschal Vigil ceremony and put away afterwards.
I was entirely alone this year, since Sophie was with relatives to help with preparing the food for some anniversary celebration. However, the entire Church is present in spirit at in every place where these ceremonies re-actualise the Mystery of Christ in his salvific work of the Incarnation and Redemption.
I am about the remove the Blessed Sacrament from the Sepulchre this Easter Sunday morning prior to Mass and put it in the hanging pyx.
May these celebrations renew in us the grace of our Baptism and commitment to persevere in faith and the Christian life, in joy and hope in spite of everything the world can throw at us. The victory is already won! Alleluya!