The Easter Proclamation
Let the trumpet of salvation
our mighty King's triumph!
The Exultet is the ancient hymn
sung by a Deacon at the start of the Easter Vigil in praise of
the Paschal Candle which stands as a firm and true symbol of
Our Risen Lord, Christ. Its date of composition is said to be
anywhere between the 5th and 7th centuries. In a section of the
hymn that acts as a kind of preface
a parallel is drawn between
the Passover of the Old and the New Covenants, the candle being
here a type of the Pillar of fire. And here the language of the
liturgy rises into heights to which it is hard to parallel in
Christian literature. We are drawn out of cold dogmatic statement
into the warmth of the deepest mysticism, to the region where,
in the light of paradise, even the sin of Adam may be regarded
as "truly necessary" and a "happy fault"
candle itself is offered as a burnt-sacrifice, a type of Christ,
marked by the grains of incense as with the five glorious wounds
of His Passion.
Taken from Catholic Encyclopedia,
1909 By Robert Appelton Company
Each year, the RCIA of St. Joseph's
in Lake Orion provides for the Sisters a beautifully hand painted
Paschal Candle. This great act of charity serves as a powerful
means to more closely unite the Sisters, the people who serve
the Church in ministry and those candidates and catechumens coming
into the Church. The theme and images for the candle are prepared
by Denise Donaldson and images are painted by the RCIA members.|
This being the Year of Faith as
promulgated by then Pope Benedict XVI, Denise chose "Faith"
as this year's theme. Although many passages from Holy Scripture
speak of faith without directly mentioning the word, Denise chose
passages that included the word.||
And Jesus seeing their faith said to the paralytic, Son your
sins are forgiven.
From all of the Sisters of Mt. Thabor
We Wish you and your families a very Happy Easter!