Easter Vigil 2010: “Hardly Anybody Drowned”

The young miss had the interesting comment on the way out of church last night. (It was actually about 12:15AM this morning.) It’s almost right–we didn’t have anybody drown. There were enough … interesting moments to keep us on our toes.

The Easter fire was super hot by 8:30. It was hard to light the Easter candle. Don’t know why I didn’t think of using the traditional candle lighter, instead of the bare taper. The latter option just wilted in the heat. The parking lot where we built the Easter fire was sheltered from the wind, but all the people’s candles had to be relit after they circled the building.

I had been hoping to find a sizable sea shell for the immersion baptisms. But we went with a glass pitcher instead for the pouring. The handle broke off at the first baptism.

For the sixth time in the last eight years of my experience with the newly baptized, it took the guys longer to get dressed than the women. This year, a good bit longer.

We had an emergency room injury in the morning–one art & environment helper stumbled into the font and took six stitches on a leg gash. When I turned off the breakers at 2PM to kill the entrance and parking lot lights, it left the pastor in the dark for his 3:30 reconciliation appointment.

But we clocked in at 2 hours, 48 minutes: quite respectable. The message of salvation was proclaimed, sung, preached, and celebrated. God worked just as well as any other year, and as well as with any other level of quality we might have mustered in the past.

Blogging resumes tomorrow or Tuesday. Meanwhile, enjoy and celebrate a grace-filled Easter.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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4 Responses to Easter Vigil 2010: “Hardly Anybody Drowned”

  1. All blessings to you for Easter and beyond!

  2. Katherine says:

    I’m interested in your search for a sea shell to use for the baptisms. That idea was floated here, and a shell located, but our new young pastor said someone had asked him if that was liturgically correct, and he wasn’t sure (he is very careful of rubrics), so we went with a pitcher too. (It held up better than yours.) I had never seen the question raised or discussed. Can you point me to something that does?

    Our guys took longer to dress, too.

  3. Matthew Meloche says:

    Our Pastor used a shell. Where it came from is anyone’s guess.

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