Our church congregation is wonderfully mixed. We’ve people from many countries, who enrich our church community and help us realise that while we may be part of the Church of England we’re also part of the Catholic Church throughout the world.
At Easter this variety is brought out when at the Vigil service, having heard the Exsultet and having renewed our faith and received Communion together we invite people to call out ‘Alleluia! Christ is Risen, He is Risen Indeed’ in their native languages. Each year we hear different languages. Our bishop, who was present at an Easter Vigil a few years ago said this multi lingual proclamation made a lasting impression upon him.
This year was no exception.
We heard the Lord’s Resurrection proclaimed in: Arabic, Cantonese, Spanish, Armenian, Italian, Benin, Shona, Indonesian, French, Korean, Tamil, Greek … and after Mass several people said they were too shy to speak up in their own language!
And here is an invitation to you
You are welcome to post (through ‘comments’ to this) the words Alleluia! Christ is Risen, He is Risen Indeed in your language.
Just let us know which language it is in 🙂