Christos Anesti!

"Joyous Resurrection," Ilya Kaverznev, contemporary

B16 Homily for Easter Vigil, marvelous! RTWT.
When a person experiences great joy, he cannot keep it to himself. He has to express it, to pass it on. But what happens when a person is touched by the light of the resurrection, and thus comes into contact with Life itself, with Truth and Love? He cannot merely speak about it. Speech is no longer adequate. He has to sing. The first reference to singing in the Bible comes after the crossing of the Red Sea. Israel has risen out of slavery. It has climbed up from the threatening depths of the sea. It is as it were reborn. It lives and it is free. The Bible describes the people’s reaction to this great event of salvation with the verse: “The people … believed in the Lord and in Moses his servant” (Ex 14:31). Then comes the second reaction which, with a kind of inner necessity, follows from the first one: “Then Moses and the Israelites sang this song to the Lord …” At the Easter Vigil, year after year, we Christians intone this song after the third reading, we sing it as our song, because we too, through God’s power, have been drawn forth from the water and liberated for true life.

B16 Homily for Easter Sunday
Urbi et Orbi blessing.

Spare two minutes for the most beautiful piece of music ever written? The Gregorian Easter Sequence.

And here a more contemporary choral version. Not haunting, but still lovely.

Let's see:
Spring cleaning? Check.
Bread of Easter Brightness? Check.
Pizza Rustica? Check.
Silver polished, table set? Check.
Lamb marinating for the grill? Check.
Baskets from the Easter Mommy distributed? Check.
Egg hunt delegated to Eldest Weed? Check.
There's just the asparagus and strawberries to worry about. And the ganache for the cake.

Happy Easter, He is risen, alleluia!