Up and Down (Easter Observations)

Sunday Mass.  I admire the many Easter lilies lined up along the altar.  Jesus, alive and awake, wears a white cloth, his arms outstretched in an embrace.  Stronger than my neighbor’s perfume, a hundred candles fill the room with sweetness.  The lady ahead of me holds out her Sunday Missal, a plastic Saint Anthony prayer card on the pew.  The organist sings out, “Alleluia!” into a crackling microphone.  The rest of us softly sing “Alleluia” and then kneel to pray.  The little child next to me leaps up and down on the kneeling bench.  Up and down, up and down he goes.  By the time we get to the second verse of Joyful, Joyful, half the church has filed out.   A motorcyclist speeds up to the red light.  On the front lawn beside the swaying violets, a stone Saint Teresa.   
Hope you all had a Happy Easter!

By Jade Nicole Beals

I'm Jade, a poet, painter, and yoga teacher. I live in southeastern Massachusetts and am from Brooklyn, New York. Besides art and yoga, I love nature, spirituality, music, tea, and a good party.

13 comments

  1. A bright Easter, my grandchild walked up and down the length of the pew during the Mass, danced during the hymns and shook hands with half the congregation during the sign of peace. A church where childen are welcome shines with God's presence. Blessings m+x

  2. Thank you, Jade for spreading Beauty! May Jesus give you that Peace only He can give!

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