The one hundred and fifty or so resentments sent me in response to my post Send Your Resentments Up in Smoke were last night consumed in the flames of the Easter Vigil service held at Trinity Episcopal Church in Escondido, CA. It was a beautiful and deeply moving ceremony. Below are some pictures of it taken by my wife Catherine. (To see photos from last year’s burning, go here.) Beside me in the top picture is Trinity’s reverend, the great Meg Decker. Below that I’m standing next to the young man who, using naught but Actual Flint, started the fire that first burned the resentments, and was then used to light the Paschal candle (sometimes called the “Easter candle”), which symbolizes risen Christ as light of the world—and then, as that light is spread to candles held by the parishioners, of his presence in the midst of his people.
Burning of the Resentments, Easter Vigil 2013
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