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Invocation

Back to square ONE

Back to square ONE

Not by choice but by compulsion 
Through the invisible, mysterious virus
Forced we are to face reality in a different light.
This night is different... as we celebrate the Paschal feast

How?
“In the year 2020, April 11, Holy Saturday, most of us are celebrating the ‘Passover Night’ within the four walls of our homes, so that the ‘plague’ of COVID-19 will pass over our houses, over our countries and over the world. Perhaps in the coming years, we shall be recalling and recounting to our future generations, this special Easter Vigil 2020, celebrated at home with our families. Getting back to the original Vigil has its own merits!

As we are reflecting on the Original Paschal Vigil, let us also reflect on the Original, namely, the very First Easter Night. - https://www.bethlehem-raymore.org/2020/04/02/first-easter/ by an anonymous author.

If we can’t worship together this Easter, think about the first Easter.

“The very first Easter was not in a crowded worship space with singing and praising. On the very first Easter the disciples were locked in their house. It was dangerous for them to come out. They were afraid. They wanted to believe the good news they heard from the women, that Jesus had risen. But it seemed too good to be true. They were living in a time of such despair and such fear. If they left their homes their lives and the lives of their loved ones might be at risk. Could a miracle really have happened? Could life really had won out over death? Could this time of terror and fear really be coming to an end?

“Alone in their homes they dared to believe that hope was possible, that the long night was over, and morning had broken, that God’s love was the most powerful of all, even though it didn’t seem quite real yet. Eventually, they were able to leave their homes, when the fear and danger had subsided. They went around celebrating and spreading the good news that Jesus was risen and love was the most powerful force on the earth.

“This year, we might get to experience a taste of what that first Easter was like, still in our homes daring to believe that hope is on the horizon. Then, after a while, when it is safe for all people, when it is the most loving choice, we will come out, gathering together, singing and shouting the good news that God brings life even out of death, that love always has the final say!”

This year we might get closest to what that first Easter was like.”
—author unknown

“It is interesting to note that, perhaps after 5000 years, we have come back to celebrating the Paschal Vigil
 in its original form and after 2000 years, we are celebrating the First Easter in its original form. We thank
 the ‘unknown author’ who has helped us to look forward to the coming days with the hope of the Risen Lord”
 http://moreshareandcare.blogspot.com/

Everything passes out. This too will pass!
The Lenten season has definitely passed.
The Lockdown for CV 19, in its passing phase might be extended......!?
Caught unaware, slowly getting used to, we’re yet to face a lot of new situations...
My plea to the Risen Lord today is
You were buried only three short days in the tomb, knowing well that you will rise in glory.
Your Father was such a faithful One.
We in Lockdown have spent 3 x 7 days with much struggle.
Don’t you Lord, ever say as you did once “seven into seventy times”,
 instead, hasten and do the needful. We beg of You.
 For we have learnt many lessons, we promise to be different, all (nation, rich and not so rich)                                                
are equally struggling  very hard and being pushed to the wall... helplessness, loneliness, loss of lives etc
That indeed is too much for the children you love so unconditionally.
Risen  Lord Jesus, You alone can  make death move into life, darkness into life, despair into hope,
sickness into well-being and division into acceptance and reconciliation.
Your resurrection is our hope and light.
Distanced physically and locked indoors, we long for the day
To be restored, revived and renewed to live truly as your worthy children.
 
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him,
so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
—Romans 15:13

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