No matter how rough this term has been, this song by David Haas never fails to put a smile on my face. At Gesu, Easter Vigil is the only time I’ve heard it used, so it really is special when we do get a chance to sing it. I wish I had brought home my program from Church so I could give you a sense of some of the lyrics…since I’m usually wailing away on the sax for this one, I cannot remember the words.
I think it has been a bit of a disappointing year for Gesu in some ways, also. It’s the first time in my years of belonging to Gesu that we have not had any baptisms at the Easter Vigil, and for that matter, no one at all joining through the RCIA program. I don’t know what it all means…
The other notable moment during the Vigil service was the proclamation of the creation story from Genesis. For several years, we’ve used a setting by Rory Cooney (Genesis Reading for the Great Vigil) that is simply beautiful. (It helps if you have a keyboard player who is talented, which we do!)
And with Easter, comes the last two weeks of classes, so I’m in the home stretch. I can only hope that I’ve done more good than harm with regard to the students’ learning. Thier final project has turned out to be much more problematic than I had anticipated, so I’m busy trying to help them find a way to salvage the work they are doing on it. They will get a chance next Fall to finish up the project, and my colleague who has much more experience teaching in this area will be their instructor, so success is still a possibility, even if it means delayed gratification. If nothing else, students will gain an appreciation for the importance of documenting the appropriate details of the design process so they won’t have to start from scratch in the Fall.