If people have a chance to go see one such ceremony it is worth their while
The church is all decked out. Christs’ coffin is there, surrounded by candles, white lilies and other flowers
The candles are lit and the whole place looks and smells so holy with incense.
The ceremony is an all night mass and people have to stand as there are no benches or chairs.
Maybe some churches have benches I don’t know. Old people sit up front.
Women on the left and men on the right
I guess you are allowed to bring your own chair.
The choir is unbelievably beautiful
People get their blessings
There is a procession around the block with candles. Then the church gives every one a hard boiled colored egg.
When Christ has risen every one rejoices and lots of kissing takes place and then everyone goes downstairs to bless the Easter bread, cheese, kolbassa’s and eggs basket.
This is the best part because then you exchange your eggs with friends and strangers.
Every one is happy on this day.
You get home around 5 am just in time for breakfast and you feast on the food that was just blessed.
It gives you a very glowing feeling to know that today you
Took part with Mother Mary, in the death and resurrection of her beloved son, the son of God. You cried with her and you rejoiced with her.
There is not one Mother there, who doesn’t feel the trials and tribulations of a Mother’s broken heart. There is not one Mother who doesn’t feel the glory of God as he gives back to her the son she thought she would never see hear or speak to again.
It is a miracle and those who have known pain, sickness and hopelessness, can once
again believe that with God’s help, good things do happen.
When you get home, the air smells fresher, the flowers seem brighter, and life seems to have turned a new page
You have a fresh outlook, new ideas and a new reason for living.
This is why we have such traditions. They are to remind us who we are and what is expected of us.
They remind us that just when things can seem so hopeless,
there is suddenly a light that shines upon your head
lightening the load in your soul and things don’t seem so dark anymore.
You can soldier on and fix everything that’s broken.
People chant thrice
Christ has Risen! Christ Has Risen! Christ has Risen!