St Augustine said “We are an Easter People and Alleluia is our song!” so while we may not be able to sing communally in church this year, I pray that as Easter Day dawns whether as you celebrate the vigil or early in the morning at Countisbury with Revd Jean, in church at Parracombe or Lynton, through the morning or at home, wherever across the world you are this Easter (God bless those of you in the US and Thailand) your heart will sing with alleluias.
If you are coming to the Easter services in Lynton or Parracombe, I have a favour to ask. Traditionally we sing the Gloria on Easter Sunday after long weeks of Lent without it and there is also a tradition at Easter of ringing bells, or making a noise with ringing instruments during the Gloria too. As we can’t sing, I wondered if people would be willing to bring any bells/tambourines/ things you can make a noise with…to accompany us as we say the words of this ancient song of praise to God! Maybe if you are using this video at home you could join in with such music/joyful noise making too!
My prayers for you all are that this Easter opens you to a deeper awareness of the love in which God holds you, the fullness of life God wills for you and the peace of heart God offers you.
Alleluia Christ is Risen, He is risen indeed, Alleluia