I did a super big happy dance when we were through! I know it sounds menial but it really was a victory celebration in our own way. Since we should be looking for ways to rejoice during the Easter season, I think my clean-up happy dance counts as Easter joy:)
2. Shout out lots of this beautiful word...
I got this Easter mantel idea from Charlotte a couple of years ago;) It's now a tradition that we unpack the Alleluia on Easter morning. The children always look forward to listening for the Alleluia's in the liturgy from now on...And so do I!
3. Look for God's glory in His creation and life all around us. After all, His goodness is what we celebrate at Easter. He tells us to seek and we shall find.
It was a solidly rainy week and this was our reward yesterday...A full rainbow over our Court!
I proceeded to go on a rainbow chase and captured a few more neat photos around our neighborhood.
Our parish Fatima shrine...God's glory at it's finest.
4. Keep letting your Easter light shine!
Easter isn't over...Smile more often, Easter is the beginning of our eternal hope.
Speaking of light, I put away all of our Lenten violet candles and replaced them with Easter white. White is the liturgical color of Easter that symbolizes joy.
We made this Paschal candle last year during Holy Week. I was able to pull off using it one more year by changing the bottom part of the year from an 11 to a 12 with a Sharpie pen...I really only had to change the last number from a 1 to 2. You can't even tell...Shouting out another Alleluia for squeezing a little more light out of this one!
5. Seek to recognize Jesus all around us...In both expected and unexpected ways.
This is my favorite reason to rejoice. He is made known to us today, just as He was made known to His disciples in the breaking of the bread. Alleluia! (Lk 24:35)
May we recognize our risen Lord on the throne of grace, through the beauty of the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and the Holy Eucharist.
May we recognize our risen Lord, too, in unexpected places...Especially in those who are poor in body, mind and spirit. May we be strengthened by the courage of the disciples to shine our Easter light in the most difficult places of our lives.