Happy Easter!

Left-footer alert! With Archbishop Malcolm McMahon at the Easter Vigil in Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral.

Easter Vigil 2018


[Written by Gerard Manley Hopkins in 1866 the year of his conversion.]

Break the box and shed the nard;
Stop not now to count the cost;
Hither bring pearl, opal, sard;
Reck not what the poor have lost;
Upon Christ throw all away:
Know ye, this is Easter Day.

Build His church and deck His shrine,
Empty though it be on earth;
Ye have kept your choicest wine—
Let it flow for heavenly mirth;
Pluck the harp and breathe the horn:
Know ye not ’tis Easter morn?

Gather gladness from the skies;
Take a lesson from the ground;
Flowers do ope their heavenward eyes
And a Spring-time joy have found;
Earth throws Winter’s robes away,
Decks herself for Easter Day.

Beauty now for ashes wear,
Perfumes for the garb of woe,
Chaplets for dishevelled hair,
Dances for sad footsteps slow;
Open wide your hearts that they
Let in joy this Easter Day.

Seek God’s house in happy throng;
Crowded let His table be;
Mingle praises, prayer, and song,
Singing to the Trinity.
Henceforth let your souls always
Make each morn an Easter Day.

The Passion

“The love of God – God’s power – is stronger than the powers of destruction. So this very “going out”, this setting out on the path of the Passion, when Jesus steps outside thee boundary of the protective walls of the city, is a gesture of victory … He summons us to dare to accompany him on his path; for where faith and love are, he is there.” – Benedict XVI

Mostyn Christ c. 1450, Bangor