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Monday, April 17, 2006

for the record

Palm Sunday services--2
Holy Monday Chrism mass at cathedral--1
Holy Wednesday Eucharist--oops, no one showed up
Holy Wednesday emergency hospital visit--1
Maundy Thursday dinner and service--1, plus I dropped in on the stripping of the altar at husband's church.
Good Friday services--2
Easter Vigil--1, plus I dropped in on communion at husband's church.
Easter Sunday--2
Easter egg hunt--1
status of clergy couple on Sunday afternoon--doing nothing that would involve effort

Most fun moment--yeah, it's still the donkey.
Second most fun moment--watching the under-4s in the egg hunt.

Most hilarious rubric in the Altar Book--"the Exsultet is sung at a pitch convenient for the singer." (And just what pitch would be convenient in that glorious chant that covers a couple of octaves?)

Most hilarious children's liturgical moment--I announced we would read the Easter Collect of the Day together (apparently a St. C's tradition), and a little child piped up from the back, "Well, yay!"

Most stressful moment in liturgy--when I saw, out of the corner of my eye as I was in the middle of blessing the Paschal candle, the usher walk out the door with the pitcher of water we had stashed for blessing the water for renewal of baptismal vows in the service. (All was well--there was enough in there for its later use).

Best signs of God's abundance--quite a few. There are all the items we collected for the local domestic violence shelter at the Y. The miracle of the food at Maundy Thursday and the Easter Vigil (it seemed like we weren't going to have any, and then in both cases we had plenty).

Best kingdom of God moment--the Good Friday stations (see previous post)

Best Easter church smell--before the 8:00 service--the whiff of incense from the night before, mingled with the lemony scent of clean pews and Easter flowers

Best way to celebrate Easter afternoon--in the living room, with Prairie Home Companion on the radio, with significant other, cats, Project Spectrum knitting, and no guilt about not doing housework whatsoever.

Have a blessed 50 Days of Easter!

4 Comments:

At 11:02 AM, Blogger Dawgdays said...

Most hilarious rubric in the Altar Book--"the Exsultet is sung at a pitch convenient for the singer." (And just what pitch would be convenient in that glorious chant that covers a couple of octaves?)

The first part covers one octave, and the second part covers only a fifth.

So it ain't all THAT bad. Believe me, I know.

 
At 11:24 AM, Blogger Emily said...

Picky, picky. I didn't have the book in front of me.

But you still have to admit it's a funny rubric.

 
At 10:33 PM, Anonymous Wonderland Knitter said...

The best part of any holiday service is always the children!

And of course, the best part of any holiday is getting to spend quiet time at home doing what you want.

 
At 8:34 AM, Blogger Annie said...

It is difficult to sing in a different pitch than you, dear. ;)

It sounds like a perfect Holy Week.

 

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