This year, Easter seems to be pretty quiet. It feels as though I am missing something...
Maybe I just need to learn to be at peace with some quiet...? Anyhow...
We have been busy with other plans...future plans. Easter, after all, is a time of new beginnings, of hope and of new life.
There are signs of new life all around us. Even in this terrible drought we are experiencing, there is still growth and new life.
It is time to make some Creamy Potato and Leek Soup...this makes everyone happy.
Some bathroom beauty...if that is possible. New curtains and fun way to display the unmentionables.
This is one sad chandelier. It has been sitting and waiting to be hung in the girls bathroom for years. Years! One excuse after another..."I need to paint first...""I need to find the right hanging tool...""I'll have time this summer..."
Oh, yes! One more real...scary-real...awaiting in my garden. Time to trim back the overgrowth around the borders...
It was about 5 - 6 ft. long. About the size when it changes from a reptile to a mammal! This creature was enormous and vile. Although, strangely beautiful with its color & pattern...blech!
My sweet girl turned SIXTEEN!!! I love you my dear, what a beautiful young lady you have become...I am so very proud of who you are and all that you do, for the glory of God. You are sweet, and fun, and (so very, very) smart, and talented. You are an angel in my eyes and one of my greatest and most precious treasures. Happy Birthday...with all my LOVE. XOXOXOXO
My Sweet Sixteen decided to make a day of fun, with her sister and me, at the salon for a mani & pedi...it was fun, fun, funny! We sat three in a row and were pampered with fun girly stuff - not to mention, very relaxing. We walked out of there with fabulous feet & fingers!
My teens had their friends over for a soccer game...I remember having lots of energy and a voracious appetite as a youth...I am happy to report: things have not changed much in that area. It makes this mama's heart happy to take care of our guests; I certainly inherited the love of hospitality from my mother.
The Holy Triduum begins on Holy Thursday. At the Holy Mass of the Lord's Supper, the Washing of the Feet takes place. The priest will humbly wash and kiss the feet of twelve selected men; these men are representing the twelve disciples. (I don't know why, but I tear every time I see this...it is so humbling and beautiful and I can just imagine Jesus and His disciples and everything...It is powerful.)
We have just celebrated three pillars of the Church:
1. The Sacrament of Holy Communion
2. The Priesthood
3. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass
Holy Thursday, or Maundy Thursday ends with the removal of the Body of Christ from the main tabernacle within the church. The Sacred Host (Communion Hosts) are placed in the Altar of Repose until the Mass of the Pre-sanctified, on Good Friday. There is no Holy Sacrifice of the Mass on Good Friday. Anywhere.
The Altar is stripped bare. The bells are now silent.