Christ is risen is the glorious message of Easter. After commemorating his
sacrifice on Good Friday, on Sunday we sing once again Alleluia. The darkness
has passed and the light returns as we renew our baptismal covenants. For
Catholics, there is no more meaningful time of the year than Holy Week.
Easter is not, however, the day for denigrating Christ's betrayer but for
celebrating His (Christ's) resurrection. Just saying.I get the
impression that, here and probably elsewhere too, it has dwindled into a day of
egg hunting and the consumption of chocolate, a day somehow to do with rabbits.
I understand that there can be a secular version of religious holydays but,
unlike with Christmas, there is barely a Christian version extant. There are a
few Easter hymns which we seldom hear and not a whole lot else. Someone said:
Happy Easter! the other day. I appreciated that but what did it mean any
more?I decided to listen to some extra Easter hymns and Sacrament
hymns today, which began to give the day some differentiation from others. The
day is about right chronologically, unlike Christmas, so we have something good
in that, but in terms of Easter hymns the season seems to lack the emphasis that
multitudinous carols give Christmas. Still it's the most
joyful season in one huge way and I would like to thank Jesus Christ, on behalf
of my fellow man, for the gift of the resurrection that he gave to all mortals.