Easter Season Message & Sermons
At the Easter Vigil each year a cantor chants the Exsultet, a beautiful ancient proclamation of Easter. As the cantor sings, the congregation sits in darkness and lights candles from the new Paschal Candle, sharing the light of Christ.
The chant breaks the night with these words - “Rejoice now.” The words are on page 286 in the Prayer Book.
Rejoice now, heavenly hosts and choirs of angels, and let your trumpets shout salvation, for the victory of our mighty king.
More than any other season of the year, Easter invites us to Rejoice. Easter recognizes that life is not all sunshine. The first proclamation of Easter begins in darkness. We all go through times when rejoicing may seem out of place.
But still, we can Rejoice Now.
Rejoice in the hope of peace in a world bent on war. Rejoice in God’s abundance in the face of scarcity. Rejoice in the promise of life in the midst of death. Rejoice in gifts of community and purpose and growth. Rejoice and sing now, all the round earth, bright with a glorious splendor, for darkness has been vanquished by our eternal King.
Join St. Thomas in Holy Week and Easter as we Rejoice Now!
Second Sunday of Easter, April 24 - Rejoice, St. Thomas
Third Sunday of Easter, May 1 - Rejoice in Forgiveness
Fourth Sunday of Easter, May 8 - Rejoice in Caring
Fifth Sunday of Easter, May 15 - Rejoice, Everyone
Sixth Sunday of Easter, May 22 - Rejoice in Creation
Seventh Sunday of Easter, May 29 - Rejoice in Hope