Happy Easter, fellow wanderers!
I’m currently in my favorite city and I would just like to share with you the awesome things that have happened today.
Lemme first say that April has definitely started off nicely. My first flight for the month took me here and it’s been nothing short of wonderful.
This morning, I had brunch at King’s Cross. Ate rice (!!!) at a faux Japanese fastfood place, people-watched for a bit, and daydreamed about the day I’d be able to transport myself to Scotland.
I then proceeded to Platform 9 & 3/4 to purchase a wand for meself (finally). Bought two books at the bookshop right beside that and then went back to the Platform shop again to buy a Voldemort wand for my weirdo brother (who wanted one on a whim, tss).
Took the Victoria Line to Pimlico afterwards to visit Tate Britain. (Was so happy it was open!)
Funny story: I was reading the caption for one of the paintings and I made a “hmm” face after. Just so happened that a gallery docent was passing by and he was all like, “What? Not impressed with the painting?” No, quite the contrary, I said. He then comments on the other paintings in that gallery and gives me a little 1780s history lesson and I was all, “Cool.”
Then he goes asking where I’m from, what I do for a living; he says random Tagalog words and he tells me I should just move here if I love London so much. I said I wanted to but I’m already happy with this arrangement; being able to soak in the culture and enjoy London without the living complications. So. Yeah.
Sigh. I love my job.
Anyway, transported myself to Tottenham Court Road afterwards to attend Hillsong London’s Easter service. It’s the first time I’ve attended such a thing and I’m happy to report that it did not at all disappoint.
WOW. (Let me just get that out of the way.)
The queue outside Dominion Theatre was a block long. When I finally got to enter, the first thing I heard was them singing Hillsong Young & Free’s Alive. MY FEELINGS, OKAY.
They sang a couple more songs that I knew by heart (huhu) before they went on to present their modern take on Jesus’ death and resurrection through acting, dance, song, multimedia, etc.
Their scientific explanation of Jesus’ crucifixion almost made me cry. They said something like His heart was already strained when He was stabbed in the rib for the last time; how His death wasn’t due to normal crucifixion, but because He died of a broken heart (literally and figuratively). That perspective. MAH VILLAGE OF FEELINGS IS A-STIRRING.
It was a marvelous presentation, filled with street and contemporary dances; Jesus being depicted as a radical on modern television and the troubling events that followed in His wake; an amazing choir; and a teaching that reiterated the things I learned during Day 1 of The Feast’s Lenten Recollection. It was such a full-blown production, like, was I even at a service? It was like a concert. God. How amazing You are.
After that, I attended mass at Westminster Cathedral. It was such a great way to wrap up my Easter Sunday. That, and Nando’s peri-peri chicken for dinner. Teehee. <3
This week has been full of new beginnings (as is the theme). I am grateful to the Lord for allowing me to celebrate a Christian holiday in London for the first time. I am grateful for I also got to attend Hillsong service for the first time (looking forward to doing this again soon, say in Sydney?). I’m grateful for the opportunities He has given for me to sharpen my mind and my social skills. I am grateful for He has kept me well to do a job that I truly enjoy. Most importantly, I am grateful to God for sending His Son to save us and redeem us. Surely, there can be no greater love than this.
Sigh. I’m so excited to go home and take this inspiration back with me. I’m especially excited ’cause I know this month can only get better, what with our community’s upcoming events.
Oh, Lord, thank You for everything. I love You.
How about you guise? What did you do this Holy Week? I hope you had a wonderful, reflective one. Share your new Holy Week experiences, whydoncha? 🙂