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Although for many of our faithful, this is the most complex and the longest of our liturgical celebrations, the Easter Vigil is the most important of all celebrations in order to understand the roots of our Christian faith and our immersion into the Paschal Mystery. Restored in the early 1950’s by Pope Pius XII, the Easter Vigil is divided into several parts that require the participation of many liturgical ministers to fulfill and execute the various special rituals that are part of the Great Vigil of Easter. During this celebration, we get acquainted with various signs, previously presented little by little during Lent in the Gospel of John: the light of the paschal candle that represents the resurrection of Christ, the water in the baptismal font for the newly baptized and for the assembly that newly professes its faith, and the life that is evident to all through the proclamation of the readings and the preaching of the homilist.
At the beginning of the Vigil, the preparation and lighting of the fire is omitted. The Paschal Candle which we are lighting is the current candle from 2019 due to complications with delivery of a new Paschal Candle. The Easter Proclamation (Exsultet) is therefore omitted as well.
We will be proclaiming three of the seven readings before the Gloria is sung. The sacraments for the Elect are postponed.
Although we must postpone the reception of the Sacraments for the Elect and Candidates this year, we will indeed join our voices in the great “Alleluia!” For Christ has risen and lives among us; he has conquered evil and death, and has opened for us the gates of life eternal.
Our font is temporarily empty but our hearts are filled with Easter joy in the Resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ. Alleluia, Alleluia! Eastertime begins.
Fr. Ron Victor