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March 30, 2013

Easter arrives, ready or not

Tonawanda News — Happy Easter a day early. Hardly seems possible that Lent is over and I’m still trying to figure out what I’ll do better for those weeks.

Thursday, Holy Thursday, our family once again completed our annual visit to seven churches, a custom which traces back to the Apostolic Age, during a time when early Christians who visited shrines which were deemed holy to the Passion of Jesus Christ, or the events after his capture in the Garden of Gethsemane.

(I’m thankful to the Internet for this information.)

In my family, this is a generations-old tradition and in the 50 years of our marriage we have visited nearly all churches in the diocese of Buffalo, selecting seven different churches each year. In years past, many of you will recall the beautiful decorations, flowers and candles which were lovingly put around the altar or shrine on this day.

How things have changed. Even the grandkids wondered why the churches we visited had very few decorations and flowers to denote this wonderful evening. With the exception, we all agreed, of St. Francis of Assisi in Tonawanda where the chapel on Adam Street was amazing. The altar, moved to the center of the chapel, was resplendent with lilies and other flowers with chairs set around the sides. Those filling the chapel to overflowing took part in a ceremony they will remember. Thanks to Father Mike for the display and meaningful service.

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Earlier in the day, my place was at Sister’s Hospital where my sister had back surgery. Everything went well and she is finally out of pain. Someone asked if she was coming to my house to recuperate, to which my reply was “Did that once, not doing that again.” Only joking of course as she was able to go to her own home this time — and, much to the surprise of family, we got along just great when she stayed at our house the last time.

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