I love Easter weekend. It always ends up being spring-time-y, even when it rains. This weekend was absolutely gorgeous in Halifax, with the warmest weather yet this spring. I wore shorts today! It was fantastic!
Phil came down on Wednesday night and stayed until this afternoon. We had a lot of fun, dyeing eggs, having picnics, and attending some excellent parties.
The fantastic Easter Vigil service happened last night. It's two hours of the Solemn Vigil, which happens in darkness, with all sorts of readings, fun things from the Old Testament, like Genesis, and pagan throw-backs, like the lighting the new fire. Next comes the joyous Easter mass, with bell-ringing and the lights. The whole thing starts at 11pm, so by the time the church bells ring, it's 1:00 am. Probably some people were confused.
I went to the service last year, and it was just as good this year. The two services flow together, connected by a creepy and epic piece of music written by Paul Halley, the choir director at King's.
The Resurrection Party followed, with its usual dancing, drinking, and calls of "Christos Anesti!" I went to bed as the sky started to light up. I slept until noon.