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adventures of c&k: easter jubilation

April 10, 2012

After a rough Lent and an agonizing Holy Week, both Karl and I had to dig down deep to find the energy and strength to fully enter into the Triduum.  And by that, I mean we had to give up.  We gave up thinking we could fight our battles alone (individually and together).  Instead, we handed ourselves over to the Father.  On Easter Sunday, God in his great mercy allowed us to partake in His triumph.

We were genuinely surprised by the overabundance of joy: Karl because he had never experienced Easter in such a real and tangible way, and me because I had very little hope left.  But something in us was awakened by the words of Fr. Geno’s homily at the vigil and on Easter Sunday and also by the complete elation of the candidates and confirmandi.

We entered into the Resurrection with great abandon and celebrated with renewed hope.  God is so good to us.  Alleluia!  Christ is risen!

~

The strife is o’er, the battle done;
The victory of life is won;
The song of triumph has begun: Alleluia!

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

The powers of death have done their worst;
But Christ their legions hath dispersed;
Let shouts of holy joy outburst: Alleluia!

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

The three sad days are quickly sped;
He rises glorious from the dead;
All glory to our risen Head! Alleluia!

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

He closed the yawning gates of hell;
The bars from heaven’s high portals fell;
Let hymns of praise His triumphs tell! Alleluia!

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Lord, by the stripes which wounded Thee,
From death’s dread sting Thy servants free,
That we may live, and sing to Thee: Alleluia!

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

~

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