April 8, 2023 – Gethsemani Celebrates the Resurrection of Christ

After 40 days of Lent, and the stark austerity of the Triduum, we celebrated Easter Vigils, the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

A blazing fire was lit on the walkway in front of the Retreat House, and the fire and the Easter candle were blessed. The community with the guests and retreatants then processed into the church where we all lit candles and processed to the front where the Easter candle found its home for the duration of the season.

Fr. Raphael was the candle-bearer and did a wonderful job singing the Exsultet. Fr. Lawrence gave the homily, and Fr. Elias presided. The bells were rung loud and strong for the Gloria, marking the end of three days without any bells at all.

We wish everyone a very happy and joyous Easter season.