Easter Vigil is our time to begin the celebration of Christ’s Resurrection! This celebration is bilingual and a program can be accessed below to follow along.
Traditionally, we begin outside with the Easter fire and the blessing of the Easter Candle. The church is in darkness and, as the Candle enters, we begin to light our candles from it and fill the church with light. We find the interior richly decorated after the solemnity of Thursday and Friday. The Exsultet is chanted to welcome the Candle which represents the light of Christ. The Liturgy of the Word has multiple Scripture readings that reveal God’s plan from Genesis to Jesus as we celebrate God’s love, culminating in the Cross and Resurrection. After the Liturgy of the Word, the baptismal water is blessed and the Litany of the Saints is sung, asking them to join us, to pray for us. This is followed by baptisms and confirmations of those from our English, Spanish, and Brazilian communities who desire to enter or come into full communion with the Church. We end our joyous celebration of these sacraments with the Liturgy of the Eucharist and a joyful dismissal.
This is a beautiful, solemn Mass, and all are welcome to participate in welcoming our brothers and sisters into the faith!