Memories of the Easter Vigil – They came in their thousands to sing “Alleluia”

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This year the members of the Soropadan community attended the Vigil Mass of Easter together in one of our local Jesuit parishes. We then had a special Easter meal together. This was because on Easter Sunday Rowena, Mei and Clare would be travelling to Ende for Hartini’s renewal of vows. Unfortunately we were misinformed as to the time of the Mass and we arrived at the church only half an hour early instead of one hour beforehand as we had planned. To our shock not only was the church and all the grounds already packed with people but also the roads parallel to the church were also filled! One quick thinking member of our group managed to get hold of five stools and we managed to find a good viewing spot on an access road not too far from the church. Thankfully we had a good view of a large screen so we wouldn’t miss one bit of the ceremony. Within moments we were surrounded by crowds of others.

The Mass began and the singing seemed to reach the heavens themselves. We may have been sitting on a road but from the atmosphere we could have been sitting in the finest cathedral in the world! I could hardly believe my eyes when I turned round to walk to the nearest Eucharistic minister for communion. As far as the eye could see the roads were thronged with people all of whom were attending the Easter Vigil.

We left the “church” to the sound of the choir singing the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah. Already people were streaming towards the church for the next Mass. I could hardly believe the size of the crowd – it felt as if we had been at a major sporting event – only so much better! No need to shout out “Goal!” or to raise a trophy – we were celebrating something infinitely greater the Risen Christ and the victory of love. ALLELUIA – He IS RISEN!

4 Responses to “Memories of the Easter Vigil – They came in their thousands to sing “Alleluia””

  1. Joan Cartlidge Says:

    Thank you Clare. A wonderful captured in such a reflective piece of writing. Thank you Joan fcJ

  2. Joan Cartlidge Says:

    Thank you Clare. A wonderful moment captured in such a reflective piece of writing. Thank you Joan fcJ

  3. fcjteam Says:

    Thank you Clare… Wow! What an extraordinary experience you have described so well, I feel I am in the midst of it! Alleluia!
    Denise

  4. helenmaryfcj Says:

    What an experience, Clare. We thought our ceremonies were great with the congregation spreading outside the walls of the Church.

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