He is risen indeed!
Happy Easter! We had a wonderful Triduum. I just love Triduum at St. John's. It is so beautiful and moving. Samuel really got into it this year, too. He liked watching the washing of feet on Holy Thursday, and we talked about how we were celebrating the institution of the Eucharist and the priesthood. Then on Good Friday, we went to Stations of the Cross at noon, performed on the U of I quad. He was really fascinated by that, and I think it helped him to understand the Stations a little better. I look forward to the day he is old enough to watch Mel Gibson's The Passion, as he is very interested in the Stations of the Cross, and the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary. The Liturgy of the Lord's Passion was a little long for him (he got pretty bored with the chanting of the Passion) but he liked watching the veneration of the cross, although he was too shy to do it himself. And, then, the culmination of Holy Week: the Easter Vigil. It was glorious! He loved the Easter fire, and really listened to at least the first 3 readings (not bad, considering that there are 7 Old Testament readings, an Epistle, and then the Gospel!) and watched the 2 catechumens receive baptism and the 26 candidates receive confirmation. He spent the last part stretched out in the pew half-asleep, but considering that the Vigil was 3 1/2 hours long, I'd say he did very well. :) His favorite part was the reception afterward, where he got to eat two bowls of Honey Nut Cheerios (hey, it was morning by then) and a cookie.
Cavy update: they are growing like crazy! They are getting more tame and friendly, and it's fun to watch them play. Their cage had gotten kind of icky as we didn't have time to clean it out during the Holy Week craziness, so I got it all cleaned out last night and gave them fresh wood shavings. They were so excited, they ran and jumped and played and kicked wood shavings out all over the floor. Now I just need to do the equivalent to Samuel's playroom. It is a MESS - and we just went and bought a bunch of shelves so that we have places to put everything. I have a feeling Samuel's reaction will be much like the guinea pigs when he sees his nice clean playroom: run, play, and make a new mess. :)