Alleluia

By Renaissance Girl

So much contained in a single word….word made flesh. It strikes me that the Resurrection is like a second Incarnation.  Christ, now bearing the wounds of our sins, after three days again stands among us-visible.

I had the privilege this past weekend to be involved with the chant group for the Triduum services. It brought the text alive in a new way, and no text more so than ‘Alleluia’.  We slipped up behind the altar after one of the scripture readings at the Easter Vigil and turned to face the church. I felt suddenly overwhelmed, there under the mosaic of Christ, with a church full of people robed in white, faces full of expectancy, bells poised to ring…the excitement was palpable.  We burst into the Alleluia chant with it’s rising line and everything burst into song, as creation must have on that morning.  The tower bells joined the sparkle of hand bells and the vigorous chanting of the congregation of ‘Alleluia’, let loose after 40 days of being silenced….and I thought my heart would leap from my chest. He is risen indeed!

2014-04-20 08.28.08

 

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About Renaissance Girl

I moved to the Community with my family in 1988 when I was 10 - which gives away my current age! I am now a solemnly professed member - I work at Paraclete Press, the publishing arm of the Community and I love my job! I also sing in the choir Gloriæ Dei Cantores, and am a member of Elements Theatre Company and Spirit of America Band. As a Docent for the Church of the Transfiguration, I get to discover new things about the church every time I share it with someone else. When I'm not doing one of those activities, I love to spend time with my dog or my "extended family". There's a lot of variety in my life which keeps me energized - and I'm learning how to be more in the moment so whether I'm at a rehearsal, or making dinner in the kitchen with 5 girls, they all get 100% of me!

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