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Easter Vigil tonight
Self | 04/15/2006 | Brytani

Posted on 04/15/2006 12:04:05 PM PDT by Brytani

Tonight being Easter Vigil is a special night for those in the RCIA program. Tonight, they will receive full acceptance into the Church including Baptism, First Communion and Confirmation.


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A special prayer of Easter to my fellow Catholics and especially those who are entering into the Mother Church tonight.

Please tell us your stories of Easter Vigil and your acceptance.

God Bless.

1 posted on 04/15/2006 12:04:09 PM PDT by Brytani
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To: NYer

Ping


2 posted on 04/15/2006 12:05:59 PM PDT by Brytani (Someone stole my tagline - reward for its return!!!)
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To: Brytani

What about confession?


3 posted on 04/15/2006 12:06:55 PM PDT by A.A. Cunningham
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To: Miss Marple

Easter ping!


4 posted on 04/15/2006 12:12:39 PM PDT by Guenevere
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To: Brytani

My wife of 28 years will be initiated into the Church tonight.

I'm her sponsor. We just came back from rehearsal, which was very moving itself.

Our four children are readying a party for after the service.

Absolutely beautiful.

RD


5 posted on 04/15/2006 12:15:13 PM PDT by reagandemocrat
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To: Brytani

Congrats (in advance) to all our new Catholics! My husband and I celebrate 13 years in the Church this Easter. He gets to go to the Vigil tonight (our two oldest boys are serving), and I'll take the three girls and maybe the baby to Mass at 8:00 a.m. tomorrow.

Someday we'll grow out of having infants and toddlers, and then we can all go together again!


6 posted on 04/15/2006 12:17:47 PM PDT by Tax-chick ("Life is too short to drink bad wine." ~ The Captain)
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To: Brytani
It was 5 years ago that I entered the Church at the Easter Vigil. It was a beautiful experience.

I couldn't wait to attend my first Mass as a full-fledged Catholic. So, even though the Easter Vigil and subsequent reception lasted until midnight, I was at the 6:00 a.m. Sunrise Mass on Easter morning.

I would like to witness another Easter Vigil, but I haven't gone to one because all the seats are need for the family and friends of the RCIA participants. One of these years I'm going to sneak in though.

7 posted on 04/15/2006 12:23:07 PM PDT by Rum Tum Tugger
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To: Guenevere
Thank you for your kind ping, Guennie! I attended the two-hour rehearsal this morning. My dear husband is going with me this evening (even though he is not converting) to support me. I told him to be sure to take a nap, because our service will be very long (almost 3 hours). We have 60 in our class, the largest in the archdiocese.

I believe the service, given what I know, will be extremely beautiful.

I am so happy with my decision, which I know is the right one for me. God bless all who walk in faith, on whatever path the Spirit takes them.

Have a blessed Easter, dear friend.

8 posted on 04/15/2006 12:29:43 PM PDT by Miss Marple (Lord, please look after Mozart Lover's and Jemian's sons and keep them strong.)
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To: Brytani
Our household is in Catechism now and will be going next year.

We have a group of adults (reconciling or new to the faith) and young adults (8th-9thgrade) at our Church.

We are blessed to have a Jesuit very conservative Father teaching class along with another teacher who has been teaching for 24yrs.

I think just going through a year of class can give those who don't know basic things in life a education whether they choose to be confirmed in the Catholic church or not.

Personally I am learning a wealth of info that would have been tools to living growing up.

I remember a freeper who wrote that when they taught Catechism (I would have been a child going at the time) that the class just did work sheets and no real structure to teaching so he/she took it upon themselves to teachl. Then it dawned on me that is what I remember as a kid. Chaos and work sheets or coloring. Babysitting with no structure.

What we are doing now is real study, theology, teachings of the Church, the diff. between other Religions and what the Roman Catholic Church, discussion and we are at all different levels. Even as we break for summer we will have assignments do upon our return in the fall.
On top of Confirmation class I am having to go back and learn the very basics 45yrs later.
9 posted on 04/15/2006 12:38:40 PM PDT by Global2010
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To: Miss Marple

Wow 60! That is wonderful!

I asked Father if it is a upswing trend for all those returning or converting or am I just noticing because our household is active again.

He did not give a definite answer at the moment.

I Pray it is a positive change for the good.

I know CNN gets its share of flak but the coverage on the end of Pope John Paul II life and then the choosing of the new Holy Father was wonderful that CNN did live coverage and explained things.


10 posted on 04/15/2006 1:02:25 PM PDT by Global2010
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To: Miss Marple
Our service does not begin until 8:30 tonight. We will be lucky to be out before midnight.

We just finished 5 hour of decorating the Church for this evening. The church is beautiful. if Father John puts up photos, I'll add one to this thread.

BTW, I am curious, during your Thursday Mass did you have any women getting their feet washed??? In the past we use to do it, rumor has it that a directive came from our Bishop that only men were to have their feet washed.

LOL, I bet the lefties were ticked off.

11 posted on 04/15/2006 1:12:26 PM PDT by mware
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To: Brytani

I went into the Church last year (from ECUSA), and am sponsoring my husband this year. We are both agreed: the is the best thing we've ever done. God bless all the new Catholics!


12 posted on 04/15/2006 1:42:47 PM PDT by Cookie123
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To: Brytani; american colleen; Lady In Blue; Salvation; narses; SMEDLEYBUTLER; redhead; ...
A special prayer for all the catechumens entering the church tonight.

O Lord,
we ask you to place your truth in our hearts,
your love in our minds and your mercy in our souls.
Let us share in your kingdom
with the guests of your feast.
May we be clothed with your body,
the white robe of joy.
Having conquered the devil
and been delivered from death,
let us dwell in the light of your saints.
In joy, we shall praise your glorious Trinity,
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
now and forever.
Amen.

Please post a thread tomorrow with extensive commentary on this beautiful night.

Welcome home!

13 posted on 04/15/2006 2:31:37 PM PDT by NYer (Discover the beauty of the Eastern Catholic Churches - freepmail me for more information.)
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To: Global2010

That was me teaching CCD to sixth graders. It was just coloring worksheets. I taught the OT and the prayers instead. One thing we did which I felt combined the OT burnt offerings and the teaching of prayers was as soon as each student had carefully written his/her (there were 9 boys and one girl) the Our Father with no help from anyone or anything, we took the ten papers and out in the parking lot, we fired up a little portable grill. The idea was that each student put his/her written prayer into the fire and say the Our Father. What happened next still gives me chills to think about. As each student began, the others joined in and by the time we got to the last one, they were chanting it at the top of their lungs, all together. Now that was the Spirit moving them. Wow.

The part I like best of the Easter Vigil is the blessing of the water and the fire. One year, my sons were serving Mass and my husband and I were singing in the choir and had a great view and father caught himself on fire. He calmly reached into the Holy Water and splashing it on himself, put out the fire.


14 posted on 04/15/2006 2:38:30 PM PDT by Mercat
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To: Global2010

I have read that there is a HUGE influx into the Catholic Church from the Protestant churches and from seekers as well.


15 posted on 04/15/2006 3:22:41 PM PDT by bboop (Stealth Tutor)
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To: mware

I got a friend soon to be a new Roman Catholic IMing me, excited and nervous in the extreme.


16 posted on 04/15/2006 3:24:04 PM PDT by defconw (Proud Member of the Bucket Brigade! Yes I am a Bushbot, so what of it?)
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To: mware
ONly men. A couple of guys couldn't show up at the last minute, so they asked for men to volunteer.

We are a pretty conservative parish. Rubrics are followed pretty closely.

17 posted on 04/15/2006 3:24:14 PM PDT by Miss Marple (Lord, please look after Mozart Lover's and Jemian's sons and keep them strong.)
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To: A.A. Cunningham

What would you like to know?


18 posted on 04/15/2006 3:25:52 PM PDT by defconw (Proud Member of the Bucket Brigade! Yes I am a Bushbot, so what of it?)
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To: NYer

A happy and blessed Easter to all!


19 posted on 04/15/2006 3:33:25 PM PDT by Barnacle
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To: defconw

Most likely nothing from you.


20 posted on 04/15/2006 4:03:52 PM PDT by A.A. Cunningham
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To: A.A. Cunningham

Nice attitude!


21 posted on 04/15/2006 4:04:54 PM PDT by defconw (Proud Member of the Bucket Brigade! Yes I am a Bushbot, so what of it?)
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To: Mercat

Oh, dear! I'd forgotten about the fire. My sons are serving tonight; I hope they don't cause a catastrophe!


22 posted on 04/15/2006 4:06:50 PM PDT by Tax-chick ("Life is too short to drink bad wine." ~ The Captain)
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To: A.A. Cunningham

Those being baptised do not need Confession, because baptism washes away all sin, original and personal.

Those who are joining the Catholic Church from other Christian denominations go to Confession before they receive Communion and Confirmation. Usually this is done a week or two before Easter.


23 posted on 04/15/2006 4:08:40 PM PDT by Tax-chick ("Life is too short to drink bad wine." ~ The Captain)
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To: Tax-chick

You don't trust your sons? (grinning)


24 posted on 04/15/2006 4:15:06 PM PDT by Knitting A Conundrum (Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly With God Micah 6:8)
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To: defconw

I just watched the beautiful vigil Mass from Rome live on EWTN (Rome is six hours ahead of our East Coast). Tell your friend that at least he's not about to be received by the Pope on international television! Now that would be something to be nervous about...


25 posted on 04/15/2006 4:21:57 PM PDT by livius
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To: Knitting A Conundrum

It would be an accident, *of course*, if they set the church on fire.


26 posted on 04/15/2006 4:28:01 PM PDT by Tax-chick ("Life is too short to drink bad wine." ~ The Captain)
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To: Brytani
Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, At the Easter Vigil in the Holy Night of Easter
27 posted on 04/15/2006 4:34:57 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Brytani; nickcarraway; sandyeggo; Siobhan; Lady In Blue; NYer; american colleen; Pyro7480; ...

Are you being baptized?

Confirmed?

Making your First Communion?

Received into full Communion with the Catholic Church?

Check in on this thread and let us congratulate you!

May God bless all of you abundantly now and forever!
Salvation


28 posted on 04/15/2006 4:37:37 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: All
RCIA and Holy Saturday

THE EASTER LITURGY [Easter Vigil] (Anglican and Catholic Rites)

Holy Saturday and the Easter Vigil

Poles visit symbolic Christ's Graves on Holy Saturday

Easter Vigil tonight

29 posted on 04/15/2006 4:39:05 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Salvation

My eldest daughter will be taking First Communion the Sunday after Easter!


30 posted on 04/15/2006 4:40:18 PM PDT by SampleMan
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To: Salvation

Life long Catholic, Salvation, not without some detours and some thought. Back for a long time, as time goes. Just taking in the joy.


31 posted on 04/15/2006 4:46:34 PM PDT by Bahbah (Harry Reid is a Liar;Ted Kennedy is a BIG FAT Liar: edited by tiredoflaundry)
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To: SampleMan

Exciting!


32 posted on 04/15/2006 4:50:31 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: livius

Sweet, they will show again here. That would be nerve wracking!


33 posted on 04/15/2006 4:55:29 PM PDT by defconw (Proud Member of the Bucket Brigade! Yes I am a Bushbot, so what of it?)
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To: Salvation

Happy and Holy Pascha (Easter) to all! So nice to see the many converts entering Holy Mother Church tonight.


34 posted on 04/15/2006 4:57:10 PM PDT by TotusTuus
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To: TotusTuus

**So nice to see the many converts entering Holy Mother Church tonight.**

Amen!


35 posted on 04/15/2006 4:58:58 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Brytani

Here's wishing Easter blessings to all.


36 posted on 04/15/2006 6:55:08 PM PDT by Ciexyz (Let us always remember, the Lord is in control.)
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To: Miss Marple

Miss Marple,

I remember your posts from last year as JP II was dying. I thought of you tonight as I watched the Easter Vigil Mass from the Vatican. God Bless you!!


37 posted on 04/15/2006 6:58:06 PM PDT by Aggie Mama
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To: Cookie123

I will be confirmed into the Catholic Church on May 23, also from ECUSA. People ask me why... the shortest answer I can give is that I'm too conservative for the Episcopal Church, but there is so much more.

At our Retreat yesterday, all the UB2s gave their faith journey, and then emptied some special water they brought into a basin that would be used for their baptism. They were absolutely glowing. I


38 posted on 04/15/2006 7:30:28 PM PDT by Flavius Josephus (Nationalism is not a crime.)
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To: bboop

Archbishop Dinardo told us at the Rite of Election that over 2000 catechumens and candidates were entering the church in the Houston area this year.


39 posted on 04/15/2006 7:33:57 PM PDT by Flavius Josephus (Nationalism is not a crime.)
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To: bboop

I pray we have a similar upswing in priestly vocations.


40 posted on 04/15/2006 7:35:37 PM PDT by Flavius Josephus (Nationalism is not a crime.)
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To: Miss Marple

We had women warshed, probably a homosexual couple too. 8(


41 posted on 04/15/2006 7:39:00 PM PDT by Flavius Josephus (Nationalism is not a crime.)
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To: Tax-chick

"Setting the church on fire" sounds like a great thing. Figuratively speaking of course.


42 posted on 04/15/2006 7:40:22 PM PDT by Flavius Josephus (Nationalism is not a crime.)
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To: Aggie Mama

John Paul personally brought me into the church at his death. I can vouch for the posthumous miracle! Benedict... I didn't like Ratzinger. I thought he was the shadow Pope. But then I decided he was the best choice. And when he came out on the balcony in those ill-fitting vestments... I fell in love with him. Viva Il Papa!


43 posted on 04/15/2006 7:44:51 PM PDT by Flavius Josephus (Nationalism is not a crime.)
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To: A.A. Cunningham

Most of the time they would have already made their first confession before Easter Vigil mass.


44 posted on 04/15/2006 8:55:37 PM PDT by lastchance (Hug your babies.)
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To: Flavius Josephus
I can truly say that the Light of Christ was present in Pope Benedict's face when he appeared on the balcony. EWTN showed an interview that Cardinal Ratzinger had given before John Paul II's death, and I found him to be a thoughtful, gentle man.

I made my decision to investigate joining that day.

Well, we had a beautiful Vigil. I can't really express how I feel, but I am very happy. I will post some more tomorrow after some reflection.

45 posted on 04/15/2006 9:48:28 PM PDT by Miss Marple (Lord, please look after Mozart Lover's and Jemian's sons and keep them strong.)
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To: Miss Marple

Welcome Home. This is our first-year anniversary.


46 posted on 04/15/2006 10:47:22 PM PDT by bboop (Stealth Tutor)
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To: Miss Marple
Welcome into the Church MM!! Our Easter Vigil lasted three hours, and we only had 5 Catechumen! It was beautiful, though, with the candles, the Pastor chanting the opening prayers, and the choir doing our great hymns! We did a fantastic one after Communion called "Revelation" written by Grayson Warren Brown. It's one of those that you just have to sway to when you sing it. What a praise filled hymn!

Have a Blessed Easter, and may you always feel the Presence of the Holy Spirit as much as you did last night!

47 posted on 04/15/2006 10:50:38 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: Flavius Josephus

Good for you! I will be praying for you on May 23rd. I, too, left ECUSA b/c of the current controversies and feeling uncomfortable giving financial support to crumbling structures that are hell-bent upon the destruction of the family. But, no way could I have known I would feel so totally at home in the Catholic Church after so short a period of time. People ask me "what it feels like to be Catholic" and all I can say it that it feels totally "natural," like I've been Catholic all my life. Episcopalianism feels like so long ago now.


48 posted on 04/15/2006 11:13:58 PM PDT by Cookie123
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To: Global2010

In our parish we had 30 people coming into Full Communion. Of that, 11 were baptized.


49 posted on 04/15/2006 11:26:00 PM PDT by Jaded (The truthshall set you free, but lying to yourself turns you French.)
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To: Flavius Josephus

30 or so of them were from our parish!


50 posted on 04/15/2006 11:30:16 PM PDT by Jaded (The truthshall set you free, but lying to yourself turns you French.)
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