Easter Vigil at our parish was just beautiful this year. The best ever. I think that it is because our new Deacon intoned the Easter Proclamation this year. I still have goosebumps.
It was also, as always, wonderful to witness adults and older children being baptized and confirmed into the Church. It is such a privilege to walk with people on their spiritual journey.
That said most people don’t realize what goes into preparing for the Easter Vigil. But it is worth it. I am exhausted but in a good way.
It is a bit weird though. I really thought that I had flunked Lent. Didn’t feel transformed. But then Easter came, and I am almost overwhelmed with a sense of peace . God must have been working on me anyway.
O death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory? Christ is risen and life is freed, Christ is risen and the tomb is emptied of the dead: for Christ, being risen from the dead, has become the Leader and Reviver of those who had fallen asleep. To Him be glory and power for ever and ever. Amen (St. John Chrysostom)