I took this with my iPhone of the reredos of our main altar (with the crucifix on it facing the priest, Benedictine style). Dr.Buck Melton took many photos of the Easter Vigil which I will more than likely post on Tuesday. The floral decorations for solemnities are always stunning, but this Easter especially so! Many thanks to Elaine Schmidt and Steve Gonser for doing such a fabulous job!
Father, accept this candle, a solemn offering, the work of bees and of your servants’ hands, an evening sacrifice of praise, this gift from your most holy Church.But now we know the praises of this pillar, which glowing fire ignites for God’s honor, a fire into many flames divided, yet never dimmed by sharing of its light, for it is fed by melting wax, drawn out by mother bees to build a torch so precious.O truly blessed night, when things of heaven are wed to those of earth, and divine to the human.