O Happy Fault

By Renaissance Girl

It snowed two nights ago. An overnight onslaught of wet flakes and high wind that gave way Sunday morning to a sparkling world of white. The sun was shining and the trees had that thin layer of ice on every branch that caught the light like a prism. Breathtaking beauty.

“O happy fault, O necessary sin of Adam”

It popped into my head out of the blue yesterday — or perhaps not so out of the blue considering I had read about Adam and Eve in the morning. But I love this line from the Exultet — the hymn of praise chanted at the Easter Vigil. It turns my whole view of sin on it’s head. “O necessary sin of Adam, that earned for us so great a redeemer.” Earned for us. Not the image of a child who gets a group in trouble and has to deal with their taunts.
 
As I looked over some pictures I took from the day, the two things converged. The “happy fault” is like the ice on our branches. It clings to us and we to it, like a second skin. And then the “great redeemer” comes like sunlight — piercing through the hardened layer and shooting light in a million directions — until it melts away.
 
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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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