Happy Easter everyone!
I hope you’ve all had a beautiful and blessed Easter celebration! Our internet has been a bit wonky the last few days (it always seems to fade in and out unexpectedly on holidays) so I’m a bit late with the Easter Sunday photos. But here they are!
At 5:30am we arrived at the church just in time to witness a beautiful Filipino tradition:a procession enacting the Risen Christ meeting his mother. Although this encounter is not described in the bible, it surely happened that Jesus went to see his mother after the Resurrection.
To re-enact this encounter, there are two simultaneous processions. The men of the parish follow the Risen Christ around a particular section of the neighbourhood while the women follow Mary, Jesus’ mother. Mary, who is deep in mourning, wears a black veil.
And then Jesus appears! At first in the distance.
An angel announces their meeting.
Mary’s veil is removed and she sees her son!
There is much rejoicing and cheering! The angels send out a shower of flower petals upon the earth.
Filled with the joy of this encounter, we enter the church for the 6am Mass, passing by the Risen Christ.
We enter the church which is decorated in Easter splendour and packed with people.
A tropical garden fills the sanctuary for Easter Sunday.
After the Mass we continued the celebration at home – delicious coffee and Easter chocolates were consumed, and perhaps even a crepe or two (or three)! And in the afternoon we had a magnificent Easter banquet at Mary Ward House with 23 IBVM and CJ sisters, topped off with even more chocolate (including the brownies made before the Mother of all Vigils!!). A glorious Easter all around.