Skip to comments.Easter Vigil tonight
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.
Please tell us your stories of Easter Vigil and your acceptance.
What about confession?
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Please post a thread tomorrow with extensive commentary on this beautiful night.
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.
I have read that there is a HUGE influx into the Catholic Church from the Protestant churches and from seekers as well.
I got a friend soon to be a new Roman Catholic IMing me, excited and nervous in the extreme.
We are a pretty conservative parish. Rubrics are followed pretty closely.
What would you like to know?
A happy and blessed Easter to all!
Most likely nothing from you.
Oh, dear! I'd forgotten about the fire. My sons are serving tonight; I hope they don't cause a catastrophe!
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.
You don't trust your sons? (grinning)
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...
It would be an accident, *of course*, if they set the church on fire.
Are you being baptized?
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!
My eldest daughter will be taking First Communion the Sunday after Easter!
Life long Catholic, Salvation, not without some detours and some thought. Back for a long time, as time goes. Just taking in the joy.
Sweet, they will show again here. That would be nerve wracking!
Happy and Holy Pascha (Easter) to all! So nice to see the many converts entering Holy Mother Church tonight.
**So nice to see the many converts entering Holy Mother Church tonight.**
Here's wishing Easter blessings to all.
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!!
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
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.
I pray we have a similar upswing in priestly vocations.
We had women warshed, probably a homosexual couple too. 8(
"Setting the church on fire" sounds like a great thing. Figuratively speaking of course.
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!
Most of the time they would have already made their first confession before Easter Vigil mass.
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.
Welcome Home. This is our first-year anniversary.
Have a Blessed Easter, and may you always feel the Presence of the Holy Spirit as much as you did last night!
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.
In our parish we had 30 people coming into Full Communion. Of that, 11 were baptized.
30 or so of them were from our parish!