The Christian Easter Feast. 33
THE CHRISTIAN EASTER FEAST.
A Prose Poem with Prelude.
Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday are held as high
feast days at the home of the writer (New Orleans, La.,) not only by
the Roman Catholics who predominated, but by the Protestants as well
During the Lenten season, beginning from Shrove Tuesday or Ash
Wednesday, until Easter Sunday, thousands of people attend the va-
rious churches-preparing for Easter. The forty days are spent in fast-
ing and prayer. Two weeks prior to Easter the people pour into the
Roman Catholic Church by thousands to make confession and prepare
for the triple Eucharist; and when it is announced that the high priest
will give the benediction, the crowd in the church is immense.
On a rostrum near the door the Patriarch sits holding on high a
golden cross as he gives blessing to the long line of people who march
At the close of the Resurrection sermon, hundreds of children make
their first Communion.
Thousands of dollars are spent for dress and flowers, the latter
equally as much as for La Tonsant.
An Easter feast in a Methodist Church. The church was crowded.
As I entered the vestibule they were in prayer and many were wait-
ing its cessation to enter.
One person attracted my notice by his expression of great religious
feeling and a devotional attitude, which exceeded any statue or design
of a devotee.
He appeared so completely engrossed that his soul seemed to have
melted in love and praise.
1His posture expressed meekness and supplication, as he cried in
ecstatic tones. "My God! my God!"
As the prayer ceased there was a burst of glorious music and halle-
luiah in the good old-fashioned Methodist Hymnal that make one cry
and laugh too: sung with such expression of full joy and glory as I
never heard before.
The tears unbidden trickled down my cheeks. I never witnessed a
more devout and true manifestation of religious feeling, such sincerity
Shall we keep the Easter feast with pomp of praise, pride
and charm of worldly shout of approval, with altars crowned
with flowers, with gorgeous rite of lofty temple, and with
song that swells; is this the Christian Easter feast?