Rabbits and Chickens and Eggs, Oh My!

(posted: April 1 2019)

Rabbits and Chickens and Eggs, Oh My!

Rejoice, let Mother Church also rejoice,
arrayed with the lightning of his glory,
let this holy building shake with joy,
filled with the mighty voices of the peoples.

(from the Easter Proclamation)
It's almost Easter, time to rejoice. But how? When? Where? With whom? As much fun as spontaneous celebration can be, we Christians do need to plan and prepare for our biggest and most holy celebration of Easter. We have been doing this throughout Lent. Our prayers, fasting and almsgiving are in preparation for the joy filled, earth shaking celebration of the resurrection.

So how do I prepare? What can I do to be ready to the 'let this holy building shake'? Does it have something to do with the Easter Bunny and chocolate and yet another assault on shopping malls? Maybe…. But I doubt it.

As Catholics and Vincentians, our Easter is centred around the events of the Triduum. We celebrate, not just for one day, but for three big days plus the whole Easter season that lasts until Pentecost. Now that's some celebration!

Our celebration involves light (the Pascal candle), water (baptism), and a long list of symbols, many adapted from the pre-Christian era to illustrate our beliefs. There are some who discourage the use of bunnies, chicks and coloured eggs as part of the secular, commercialization of Easter. I prefer to use any and all symbols that remind us of the triumph of life over death. Bring on the Easter eggs and everything that represents new life!

If you are blessed to reside in a parish with roots in Eastern Europe you may be able to participate in a blessing of Easter foods. If you don't, why not bless your own at home? Here's a special blessing for Easter eggs from the Roman Ritual:

We beseech thee, O Lord, to bestow thy blessing upon these eggs,
to make them wholesome food for thy faithful,
who gratefully partake of them in honour of the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.

And one for your Easter Bread too, whether you make it yourself or purchase it at a bakery:

O Lord, Jesus Christ, bread of angels,
true bread of everlasting life,
bless this bread as thou didst the five loaves in the wilderness,
that all who eat of it may have health of body and soul.

Enjoy a Blessed Easter!

Spirituality Corner

Monthly Reflections
by Denise Bondy, Chair
ONRC Spirituality Committee