TRIDUUM: The Easter Vigil
TRIDUUM: The Easter Vigil

Picture yourself gathered outdoors around a campfire which shatters the darkness of the surrounding night.  From this fire the light is first captured by the new Paschal Candle and then spread to vigil candles carried by those gathered round.  The light is proclaimed “Christ our Light” and is carried in procession to the church.

Once we are inside a beautiful and ancient chant is sung, “The Exsultet,” which proclaims how we are ransomed from death on the night Christ breaks the bonds of death and is resurrected to new life.   

Singing, praying and attentively listening we sit in the darkness around the fire of the candle and hear tales of wonder, adventure, heroism, and compassion; stories of how God created the world and the history of his chosen people.

The excitement builds further as we begin the portion of the rite which admits the Elect and Candidates into the church as fully initiated members. With lavish symbols they are baptized, anointed with oil and sealed with the Holy Spirit. These Elect have journeyed with Holy Trinity for two years.

We have heard of their struggles in life and in allowing God to work in them.  We have heard from their sponsors as to their readiness to become full members of the faith and have listened to their most intimate desires. It is a joyful time for all gathered, for we are one family.

Next we dress the church and get the table ready for the Eucharistic banquet. With pageantry, style and grace we bring  flowers, table linens, bread, wine, and gifts for the poor.

Culminating the Sacraments of Initiation the Neophytes have their first taste of Eucharist, a meal to which they will return again and again.  This is what they have been desiring and waiting for so long!   (March 20, 2005)

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