Reflection by Rev. Leonard N. Peterson
On this happy day, the Mass for Easter has two very noticeable additions. First comes “Alleluia”, a word we have not heard for over 40 days since Ash Wednesday. The word is derived from the Hebrew “Hallelu Jah”, which means “Praise ye, Ya.” “Ya” is a shortened form of “Yahweh.” one of the oldest names for God. The Alleluia is back today announcing the Gospel, and it has added significance as we praise the risen Lord and sing of His triumph.
The second addition is the annual renewal of our baptismal vows. Instead of the vicarious way they were made for most of us by our godparents at our baptism as infants, the Church invites us today to make them ourselves. Last night all the new members of our Church made them at the great Easter Vigil. The promises form a “Q and A” version of our creed. If we pay attention, we also hear ourselves making an implied resolution. One more significant by far than any we might make at New Year’s.