Easter Monday - The Day After
At any rate, I am definitely observing Easter Monday today. The last few days leading up to Easter are intense - services offered morning noon and night daily during Holy Week - plus the Vigil plus multiple Easter Day services with extras like additional musicians, flowering the cross, egg hunts, additional services perhaps in "new" locations. Easter eve and day were certainly glorious here. The music! The flowers! The great sermons by my colleagues! The gorgeous / adorable Easter outfits on adults and children alike! It is all worth the effort! But good to have a day of rest afterwards.
Among other things, I served at one of the "additional in another location" Easter Day services - a Eucharist in the parish hall which was beautifully decorated and arranged in the round. It was my job to set the table for the Eucharist - to put out the bread and pour the wine in preparation for the Eucharistic prayer. This was my third service in twelve hours (having been at an evening vigil in one church and then a morning vigil in this one already) and I was a little tired. I've done this duty more times than I can count, though, and am never anxious about it. It comes as second nature.
I put out the bread - as much as would fit into the paten, as we had an SRO crowd - and began to pour wine into the pottery chalice. And as I continued pouring, a glimmer caught my eye as the wine rose in the chalice, and I realized that something was bobbing around in the wine! At first in my slightly fuzzybrained-from-only-4-hours-of-sleep state, I just looked at it curiously/stupidly. Then, at the moment I recognized the bobbing thing to be a gold-foil wrapped mini chocolate bunny, I remembered that many a year someone on the flower guild or altar guild or a verger (I suspect the flower guild; in fact I suspect a particular person on the flower guild) has dropped an Easter treat into the chalice or nestled something among the wafers at this church. The chalice trick is the best, as the pottery chalice would be dark inside and hide the treat much better than a silver one, plus the linen purificator is draped over the top. One starts pouring in the wine, and gradually it becomes obvious that there's something in there.
I didn't do the V-8 head bop, but I did think, "D'oh! They got me! I should have been expecting this!" I was able to keep from laughing out loud as I fished it out while the choir finished its anthem, and we went on with the Eucharist. Although I'm sure laughing out loud at the Eucharistic table on Easter morning is a good thing to do.
I just wish I'd had the presence of mind to take the chocolate bunny home with me to eat after the service! I wonder who ended up with it?
I hope your Easter Monday, however you observe it, is filled with joy and maybe even a surprise or two.