Trite (but true!) as it may sound, Easter morn is so worth the wait of the Easter vigil. This must be what's in the mind of those who religiously attend the vigil every year. (I don't, I'm not proud of it, but I am hopeful that this non-pattern change.) And with attendance in every recurring rite, one is rewarded by being able to see, feel, know, or realize something new each time.
|Easter vigil at the Manila Cathedral led by Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle.|
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I realized something new this Easter vigil just past, thanks to a few words from the parish priest, in annotation to the formula prayers of the vigil, which in part said:
|Easter vigil at Tacloban, Leyte, Philippines. Tacloban was hardest hit by typhoon Haiyan in 2013.|
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Isn't it mysterious yet marvelous how God goes through the length of salvation history and the supreme sacrifice of His Son to allow us an Eternity with Him, and yet gives us the freedom to choose whether we want it or not?
How can we say no?