03 April 2010

Exsúltet iam angélica turba cælórum...

We've sung ourselves hoarse.  Full Tenebrae on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings.  Solemn Mass and Procession on Maundy Thursday, followed by the All Night Watch.  Solemn Liturgy of Good Friday with the chanted Gospel, the singing of the Solemn Collects, Veneration of the Relic of the True Cross with Reproaches, then later that evening the Stations of the Cross. 

Now, today on Holy Saturday, it's as though we're holding our breath until the Lighting of the New Fire tonight, which will signal the beginning of the Great Vigil of Easter.  Not that there's nothing going on this morning - fresh linen is being put on the High Altar, the closed triptych is being opened, the veils are being removed, flowers are being arranged.  Everything's being made ready.  And then tonight: "The Light of Christ" will be sung out by the deacon, and we begin our Passover journey to the empty tomb.