• art31802

Easter in Lockdown

Updated: Apr 30, 2020

What troubling times we’re living through and what a lot of negativity is being published; we can’t do this or that and social distancing means we can’t even see friends let alone family. I do miss hugging my granddaughters! Churches closed, no mass, no Lenten Groups, no meetings; I could go on.

Abundant primroses amongst green foliage

However, there is a lot to be thankful for – modern technology being one. The internet [for those who have it] is a tool that let’s us keep in touch with loved ones via FaceTime or WhatsApp video calls and the Parish Website for messages, information and links to the wider world. Again, I could go on.

And oh, how marvellous was it to celebrate the Easter Triduum from the Sacred Heart, Hove and know that I was connected, albeit virtually, to so many other parishioners from far and wide and although it was so very different, I found it very special and uplifting. Many thanks to Canon Colin and Mgr. Michael – such wonderful singing!

With so much time on my hands, [I’ve been furloughed], I’ve been able to explore other ways to enrich my prayer life and found a wealth of resources available at the touch of a button. Universalis has so much to offer. And always, of course, my bible.

My daily walks with my husband are a time to reconnect with nature. Just walking from our house we’ve seen buzzards, kites, rabbits, butterflies and bumblebees. With limited traffic noise, the bird song is almost deafening. It’s a lovely time of year to be outside and thank goodness we can still enjoy this one hour. And again, I could go on!

So, yes, I’ve a lot to be thankful for and I count my blessings.

So, who knows what will happen when all this has passed. A time for reflection, perhaps? Will ‘church’ be the same? How will I re-connect with everyone at Sunday Mass? What have I missed the most with churches closed? How have I found the experience of ‘going to mass’ on my own at home? Should this situation ever reoccur, what do I need to be prepared?

Church, for me, is Community. It’s us, the parish family, loving and serving the Lord, together. I hope that we will appreciate, be thankful for and become more united when all this is over.

As Pope Francis tweeted recently: It is not the time of your judgement, but of our judgement: a time to choose what matters and what passes away, a time to separate what is necessary from what is not. It is a time to get our lives back on track with regard to you, Lord, and to others.

Keep safe and stay well.

Pauline, Chair of the Pastoral Team

32 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All