Easter Celebrations

By Therese Touma
On our way to Poughkeepsie, New York, Mother Marla Marie’s home town, the Maronite Servants stopped over to celebrate morning Liturgy for Resurrection Sunday at St Anthony of the Desert in Springfield. After Divine Liturgy, we attended the Coffee Hour and enjoyed meeting the families of the parish.
For Easter Sunday, Mr. Lucas, Mother Marla Marie’s father invited us to the Family Easter Dinner at a restaurant in Poughkeepsie. We enjoyed meeting her family members, most for the first time, and listening to their childhood stories, as they also shared some of their family history, photos and experiences growing up.
Sister Marla Marie with her father, brothers and sisters, and niece. 

On our way home, on Easter Monday, we stopped over at the National Shrine of Divine Mercy in Stockbridge. We were blessed to arrive in time to join in the sung prayer of the Chaplet of Mercy and Benediction.