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msgrfetscherDear Family,
Why the big “OF”? (in the title of this article) Easter is a humongous feast. It’s so important that we want to keep it around. We have an eight-day period called an octave where each day is called Easter. That’s why today isn’t the second AFTER Easter, but the third Sunday OF Easter. I’m sure you have been awake all week wondering about that, and now you know.

Seriously, think about it. After Easter day we had the octave, or eight day period where the language of the liturgy kept speaking each day as though it were Easter Sunday. Why? The idea behind the octave custom after major feasts is that in a real sense, THE UNIVERSE STOPS. The death and Resurrection of Jesus exploded business as usual. For the disciples, things were radically different. In general people thought that Messiah meant someone that would get rid of the Roman domination.

As it turned out, the disciples learned that it was another type of kingdom altogether. HEAVEN IS OPEN! No longer is there any doubt about the destiny of humankind. The new kingdom is ours for the asking. No wonder time stops, then and now.

Did you notice time stopping? I was celebrating Mass each morning with a good group of friends. We noticed because the liturgy kept making Easter a “today” issue. To be honest, if I had not been saying Mass or saying the daily Liturgy of the Hours, I don’t know if I would have noticed either. And yet each year for nearly 2,000 years our prayer life has urged us to stop and treasure what we have been given. Listen to the opening verses of the “Exsultet,” the song that is sung right after we light the Easter candle on Holy Saturday night.

Rejoice, heavenly powers! Sing, choirs of angels! Exult, all creation around God's throne!
Jesus Christ, our King, is risen!
Rejoice, O earth, in shining splendor, radiant in the brightness of your King! Christ has conquered!
Glory fills you! Darkness vanishes forever!
Rejoice, O Mother Church! Exult in glory!
The risen Savior shines upon you!
Let this place resound with joy,
echoing the mighty song of all God's people!

You can find the rest of the hymn by googling “Exsultet” and reading the Wikipedia article which is great. Make it a calorie-free Easter treat.

Thank you for being nice to all of our Easter visitors. I often get feedback from visitors who write and say just how welcome they felt. YOU DID THAT! (And so does Frank K, the Holy Uber Man.) My heartfelt thanks to all the people who made our celebrations come alive, decorators, musicians, cleaners and especially Annie Gardner, without whom... fill in the blank!

I’m almost afraid to say anything, but our architect, Alberto Llorente, has been able to get some response from our equipment designer. You probably don’t need all the gory details, but if you have built things, you know stuff happens. Anyway, Alberto is a good man who has greater patience than I do, and probably will be able to get things back on course.

Once we actually get a shovel in the ground, I’m hoping we’ll have a better sense of when we actually may have the kitchen and the storeroom to use.

Everyone has been kind about asking about my health. I’m still alive. I tell them not to worry because the state of Florida renewed my driver’s license and it is good until 2029. I have no intention of checking out prior to having used every bit of that time. I’m kind of hoping the Lord agrees.

Meanwhile we push on
In our Risen Lord,
sign frjim

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