... Exalt in glory! The risen Savior shines upon you! ...As I've said, Vine and Branches celebrated a joint liturgy with Saint Patrick's Anglican Church; Peter celebrated Mass, while Alan preached the homily and chanted the Exsultet. He was amazing, I must say.
This is the night when Jesus Christ broke the chains of death and rose triumphant from the grave. What good would life have been to us, had Christ not come as our Redeemer? Father, how wonderful your care for us! How boundless your merciful love! To random a slave you gave away your Son.
How blessed is this night, when heaven and earth are joined, and man is reconciled with God!
- from the "Exsultet," an ancient hymn for the Feast of the Resurrection.
As Alan notes in his post, he didn't preach about the resurrection - why try to upstage the Scriptures? - but rather reminded us how this liturgy, and the liturgy of the Church overall, is repetitive and cyclical because that's how we're formed. As Anglicans say, as you pray, so will you believe. When we follow the steps of Jesus year by year, and take our places among the crowds and the disciples and the demoniacs, we learn to understand our own stories in the context of his larger story of saving the world.
Check out Bryan's photos here; here's one below.