The new light from the Pascal candle, lit from a fire made outside and brought into the darkness, is shared and spreads through the cathedral as the Dean sings the Exultet or "Easter Proclamation." It's a long chanted prayer that includes the repetition of the words "this is the night" with mentions of Passover and other events in the history of the Judaeo-Christian people, and also includes a beautiful stanza in praise of the bees, when the candles are blessed.
Here's my friend and fellow second soprano Christie, cadging a quiet moment in the organ loft between sung pieces to do some law school work.
The cathedral spire and some of the other towers of downtown Montreal on Easter morning at 8:30 am, as I arrived for rehearsal.
The men who sleep on our front porch and on the grounds were just waking up. Some are homeless, some just passing through.
Daffodils, trying hard!
And a message of hope and renewal on the front doors.