Can you feel the excitement coming?
Lent is over!
Tonight many of us brought our tired, battered, worn selves
to the Lord in the last presanctified liturgy,
or for some,
the last Lenten Akathist to the Mother of God
and God carried us through to the end of Lent.
Already it is the liturgical morning of Lazarus Saturday,
Already we are waiting to hear Lazarus called forth from the tomb!
We can sing, Rejoice O Bethany!
We will lament the loss of our beloved
and with God
see the restoration of those lost.
Oh, that the day will come!
Come Lord Jesus, come,
restore us, dead in sin, to yourself!
Awaken us to Your Holy Resurrection!
Allow us the scent of water so that we
battered torn wilting flowers
and make beautiful your tomb
and made radiant by your Pascha!
Come Lord, hear our prayer
and come O Most Compassionate Lord,
with strength that we can open our hearts to You
and be restored,
to be the beautiful flowers to adorn Your Altar
all the days of our earthly sojourn,
to send the fragrance of Christ to our
O Sweet Jesus,
and make all new in the light of your Resurrection!
May we hear you call,
as did Lazarus!
***picture from St. George's in Halifax, when I was there in 2008, for a wedding***