Catching up here with photos from our Easter weekend - The Easter Bunny showed up on cue on Holy Saturday! We spotted this critter across the yard stationed right under one of my bush cherries, charmingly sitting up on its hind legs to break off the flowered branches to munch. It was so cute we didn't chase it away, and besides, eating the bush seemed better than eating all of my tulips like the rabbits usually do.
We've been making these candy nests for years - they mostly seem like a good excuse to eat Cadbury mini eggs. ;-)
Eliza just had to get up and dance when she heard her brother practicing the organ. It's his tradition to play the exuberant, triumphant Widor Toccata for his postlude after the Easter Vigil - nothing says Easter's almost here in our house like hearing the Widor on Holy Saturday afternoon.
Like mother, like daughter we were with our dueling rolling pins at both ends of the island,
while Mary Rose and Anna were the chocolate egg team. We've been making these for years, in lieu of buying Easter candy (recipes here). Coconut, peanut butter, and maple pecan.
The finished kalacs (recipe here).
And then finally our kitchen work is done and the real excitement begins as we prepare for the Easter Vigil. We shed our dark colors and put on our Easter finery, and we know that the church will do the same.
then the light of the risen Christ is carried in and spread throughout to all. As the missal explains, The Solemn Easter Vigil service is intended to show liturgically how life and grace flow to us from the death of our Lord. It is the beginning of the most beautiful liturgy and the most joyful day of the whole year.
When we get home after the Vigil in the wee hours of the morning we break the fast with our first tastes of our Easter treats, and Eliza delights in removing all the purple coverings from our statues throughout our house.
After Easter Sunday Mass and our traditional photo shoot on the couch we headed outside for a little Easter parade. Despite the chilly weather, our joy could not be contained and we strolled through the neighborhood with musical accompaniment. The little ones fairly danced along, skipping and prancing to the music.
We may have started yet another new tradition. :-)
I love what Divine Intimacy says about the unique all-consuming, overarching, rock-solid joy that is Easter:
"This is the day which the Lord hath made; let us be glad and rejoice therein." This is the most excellent day, the happiest day in the whole year, because it is the day when "Christ, our Pasch, has been sacrificed." Christmas, too, is a joyous feast, but whereas Christmas vibrates with a characteristic note of sweetness, the Paschal solemnity resounds with an unmistakable note of triumph; it is joy for the triumph of Christ, for His victory. ~
In this world there are many ephemeral joys, based on fragile, insecure foundations; but the Paschal joy is solidly grounded on the knowledge that we are in the truth, the truth which Christ brought to the world and which He confirmed by His Resurrection. The Resurrection tells us that our faith is not in vain, that our hope is not founded on a dead man, but on a living one, the Living One par excellence, whose life is so strong that it vivifies, in time as in eternity, all those who believe in Him.
Once again, Happy Easter! Resurréxit Sicut Díxit!