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Through The Darkness Toward The Light

After choir practice tonight, Chrissie and I went into the Nave so I could practice the Exsultet for the Easter Vigil.  What an awesome honor and privilege I have been given to chant this traditional hymn of praise after the Procession of the Paschal Candle.  I asked if I could do it - I imagine our Director of Music/Organist is very happy to have one less thing to do himself.  The Easter Vigil is the highpoint of our liturgical year.  It is made all the more special this year by the presence of our Diocesan Bishop, The Rt. Rev. Peter James Lee ("The" Bishop), who will preside at the Eucharist, preach and confirm.  And there's something more: Chrissie and I become Godparents to the latest special child in our lives.  Yes, Rejoice and Sing Now - a true honor and privilege!  

At Chrissie's suggestion, I first practiced with the lights on.  I just wanted a feel for the acoustics of the sanctuary (it is different singing from the front of the church rather than from the choir loft in the rear).  Also, I needed to find a suitable pitch that felt comfortable, to gauge a good pace, and hopefully work out some of the kinks.  Afterwards, I turned off all the lights in and around the Nave save my hand-held flashlight and the lone spot on St. Jude in the back of the church.  I admit singing through the darkness did seemed easier.  Chrissie said she thought it sounded better in the dark because my focus was completely on the Altar Missal.  

I love to sing - I always have.  Songs and singing lift my spirit and makes my heart soar.  I believe in the old adage "those who sing, pray twice".  At the Vigil, I will dedicate my singing in Honor to and Thanksgiving for my father, and I will rejoice in all the blessings in my life.  For good measure, I think I will have a few dollars in the money clip Chrissie gave me last Christmas.  On the money clip is a Yiddish Proverb:

"With money in your pocket, you are wise and you are handsome and you sing well too!"  

Only Through God's Grace!  Thanks be to God!