Dear Brethren of Christ the King,
Tomorrow, for the first time, before we begin the Holy Communion Service, we will do the Vidi Aquam. It takes about three minutes and will serve as a reminder of the victory of Christ, the beauty of His Life, and the healing mission of the Church. WARNING: We will use the aspergillum and you might feel a drop or two of water.
The honoured tradition of the Vidi Aquam (I saw water…) uses two verses from the forty-seventh chapter of Ezekiel, a vision of the world healing glory of the Gospel in the New Covenant. Cleansing, healing, living waters flow from the Temple (the worshiping people of God) into the Dead/Salt Sea (the Gentile world) where the salt water is made fresh (regenerated) and teems with fish (Gentile converts) caught by fisherman (the twelve apostles). Fruit bearing trees lining the River banks supply food and leaves of healing to the nations. (see St. Matthew’s ‘Great Commission’ 28:18-20.)
The Vidi Aquam is traditionally done on Easter Sunday and every Sunday in Eastertide especially reminds us of our baptisms our official entrance into the family of God. We also see a connection to the living water promised by Jesus (John 7), and the meaning of the resurrection which is a new creation, “the old things passed away; behold, all things are becoming new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17. The work of healing the fallen world begins on Easter Sunday and the River of life flows from the Church assembled into all the world and brings it life. And this is Eastertide. More later.
May the Lord Almighty grant us a quiet night and a perfect end.