by Sister Victoria
After some time of being away from the Emmanuel sisters in Cameroon, we had the joy of returning and joining them for Holy Week and Easter. Many of the elements that make up the Triduum and Easter such as foot washing, the reproaches, the new fire at Easter vigil and of course the Resurrection service were there, and familiar.
Something that impressed me was how world-wide the message and celebration of Easter has become. In our setting, a small example was the singing of the Exultet. It was sung in English (not their first language) and the music was brought over from Germany by a priest for the sisters to have.
Having experienced Holy Week and Easter in a completely new environment, I feel I gained a new perspective, or sharper awareness of how much work the first disciples did to spread the news of what Jesus did for us. We have much to be thankful for.