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A note from artist Deborah (whose name means “bee” in Hebrew) Dyer:

The liturgy of the Easter Vigil is replete with reminders of God’s saving love that embraces all creation. One of my favorite parts of the Vigil is the Exultet, sung in celebration of the Paschal Candle. It is an ancient hymn, dating back to the 4th century. Earlier forms of the Exultet included the “praise of the bees,” acknowledging the work of the bees, whose labor is transformed into the Paschal Candle—the candle which bears the Light of Christ. During this season, we are reminded that Christ’s victory over death transformed the whole universe—and that all creatures share in the benefits of God’s boundless love.

Calligraphy and design by Dyer and Moondancer


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