Easter

March 24, 2008

We hope everyone had a good Easter. We certainly did – lots of visiting relatives, including cousins which bring the brood-count up to 8. The bunny came and left candy, all of us went to a very crowded Mass, then we came home and hunted eggs. We believe all of them have been found; time and scent will let us know otherwise. The cousins (and auntie) are staying with us through most of next week, so the fun, noise, and chaos will most certainly continue. As it should.

I meant to post this the other day, but was trying to limit online usage through the weekend. Here’s Edmund Spenser’s “Easter Sonnet”, which shows up in Amoretti, which are all beautiful but are mostly concerned, as sonnets usually are, with his lady-love. This one is a frank expression of Easter joy.

Most glorious Lord of Lyfe! that, on this day,
Didst make Thy triumph over death and sin;
And, having harrowd hell, didst bring away
Captivity thence captive, us to win:
This joyous day, deare Lord, with joy begin;
And grant that we, for whom thou diddest dye,
Being with Thy deare blood clene washt from sin,
May live for ever in felicity!

And that Thy love we weighing worthily,
May likewise love Thee for the same againe;
And for Thy sake, that all lyke deare didst buy,
With love may one another entertayne!
So let us love, deare Love, lyke as we ought,
—Love is the lesson which the Lord us taught.

Easter, for us, is not over – the liturgical season of Easter lasts until Pentecost Sunday, which, according to my calendar falls on May 11. We then shift back into Ordinary Time, which lasts until season of Advent at year’s end. So it goes – the cycles, seasons and their sanctification. The heavens show forth the glory of God, says the Psalmist, and the firmament declareth the work of his hands. For those who are constantly peering upwards at the movements of sun, moon, star and sky, these words are self-evident.

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