“This is the night
of which it is written:
The night shall be as bright as day,
dazzling is the night for me, and full of gladness…
…O truly blessed night,
when things of heaven are wed to those of earth,
and divine to the human.”
-Excerpt from the Exsultet, ancient text chanted at Easter Vigil
This was an Easter of firsts: our first one married, my first time as an RCIA sponsor, our first Tridiuum at our parish. Over the past few years I’ve come to deepen my understanding of Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Vigil, and enter the experience more fully, a movement that I largely link to my relationship with J. So this year felt particularly special – sacred days not only for the Church but also for me personally.
These were moments filled with light and dark and water and splashing; trumpet and drum and chant; bread and wine and brown robes and white robes; saying yes, I do, and amen; new names, big eyes, and joyful faces; celebratory post-midnight Mexican food with friends, made by some church ladies; congratulations and felicidades and welcomes.
Sacred moments with J.: of sleeping in, breakfast creation, walking in the park behind our home, blooming abundance. Watching Jesus Christ Superstar, and reenacting the songs over What’sApp with J.’s family – in Spanish. Taking naps.
Of spending time with family, hosting friends old and new, asparagus galettes, and the famous bunny cake. Making preparations, sharing meals while taking turns watching the babies, playing with bubbles and books and bunny ears.
The adults newly baptized at Easter are called neophytes – beginners – for one year after baptism. In our first year as neophytes of marriage, may we live into Easter with the confidence that everyday sacredness is indeed the “things of heaven wed to those of earth.”