We’ve been preparing for Easter through forty days of Lent, culminating in the Easter Triduum: Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Vigil of Easter on Saturday night. All that waiting and preparation peaks when we gather on Saturday night for a solemn vigil.
We wait in darkness, bless a fire, process with candles, and hear the stories of our salvation through the scriptures. The emphasis is on waiting for the culmination of the story: Christ’s resurrection from the dead. Bells are rung, and alleluias are sung as we hear the gospel account of Christ’s rising. Then, following this proclamation of the core of our beliefs, new members are brought into the Church through baptism and a profession of faith. The recounting of Christ’s new life is closely connected to the Church’s renewal through the reception of its new members. This year are parish will be welcoming 14 people into full communion with the Catholic Church.
This celebration as a vigil is important because it doesn’t just commemorate something God did in the past; it celebrates something God is doing today. Although our salvation was accomplished 2000 years ago, we are also watching and waiting to see what God is doing in our lives today. Because our past and our future are connected, through God’s saving power.
The celebration of Easter, as a vigil, invites us to break out our most potent symbols of God’s action, and our response. So, all the waiting, the readings, music, candles, procession, and initiation, all remind us that God has accomplished something amazing by loving us so much. And our vigil is a statement, individually and collectively, that we are ready to be renewed and to live out of the grace we’ve received.
Come and join us tonight for the Easter Vigil 8pm St Mary’s Duke Street