Easter Vigil mass tonight in St Clare’s Church Graiguecullen celebrated by Fr Dunphy was a lovely experience, featuring among other things many many candles! The Church was unlit at the beginning of mass. 7 girls from the local school brought the Easter light in procession to the altar. From this candle the paschal candle was lit. Our famous Fr Liam Lawton, sang a newly composed Easter song with the ladies choir and the entire congregation had their individual candles lit. It was a really uplifting and optimistic aspect of the mass. To add to the occasion there was a christening of a baby boy who was amazingly quiet – the Holy Water didn’t even wake him up!- unlike my own 6 year old who was “bored” by the whole thing!!. His christening candle (unfortunately not one of mine!) was lit from the new Paschal candle. The Paschal candle will be used throughout the year to light many more Christening and Wedding candles – hopefully a some of them will have been personalised by yours truely!
The bored 6 year old was eventually rewarded by the Easter Bunny and Chicken giving Easter Eggs to all the children at the end of the ceremony. Of course the same 6 year old Milo was keen to emphasise to me that he knew that this wasn’t the real Easter Bunny, but he decided to take an egg anyway. I hope the real Easter Bunny does actually turn up here or there’ll be one very disappointed little boy in this house!!!
Happy Easter! – hope this time of renewal brings some optimism to us all. Certainly on my part I’m drooling in anticipation of a first taste of chocolate since the beginning of Lent! Yum!