Love, the driving force: a journey of discernment

Chronicling my formation with the Loretto Sisters (IBVM)


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Easter Sunday

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!

CIMG4340At 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.

CIMG4344To 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.

CIMG4347And then Jesus appears! At first in the distance.

CIMG4349And then he draws closer.

CIMG4354An angel announces their meeting.

CIMG4356Mary’s veil is removed and she sees her son!

CIMG4359There is much rejoicing and cheering! The angels send out a shower of flower petals upon the earth.

CIMG4362Filled with the joy of this encounter, we enter the church for the 6am Mass, passing by the Risen Christ.

CIMG4364We enter the church which is decorated in Easter splendour and packed with people.

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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.

Alleluia!


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The Mother of All Vigils (Holy Saturday)

IMG_0254The cover of the missalette for Easter Vigil Mass, also known as the Mother of all Vigils here in the Philippines. The priest even referred to it as such during his homily.

CIMG4323The Vigil is about to begin.

CIMG4328Lighting the Easter candle.

CIMG4330With our lit candles at the beginning of Mass. (With the fans off, it got very hot very fast.)

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CIMG4337Setting the sanctuary for Easter. The cross is unveiled and banners are hung and the altar is decorated with flowers.

CIMG4339Renewing our baptismal promises by the light of the Easter candle.

Earlier in the day…

IMG_0253Making brownies (3 trays!) for Easter Sunday lunch.

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Percy after his annual Easter bath. Chilling on the clothesline.