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Why Attend the Easter Vigil?
CatholicMom.com ^ | March 24, 2013 | Deanna Bartalini

Posted on 03/30/2013 9:43:02 AM PDT by Salvation

 Why Attend the Easter Vigil?
 
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Why Attend the Easter Vigil?

Why Attend the Easter Vigil?

For many years I avoided the Easter Vigil like you avoid people who have a stomach virus.  At some point in my career as a parish minister I needed to attend.  I was not really looking forward to it.  I had heard it was very long, with many readings and a long homily.  At that time I worked at our diocese’s Cathedral but even the thought of celebrating Easter with the Bishop did not tempt me.  But duty called and so off I went.

What an amazing experience it was to attend the Easter Vigil.  Yes, it was a bit longer than a usual Mass but containing such beauty and richness that when it was over I thought truly heaven and earth had met that night.

I ask you to consider attending the Easter Vigil at your parish this year.  It is especially important to do so if your parish has people who have gone through the RCIA process and are being baptized or being received into full communion with the Catholic Church.  It is your opportunity to welcome them to the family in a very visible and tangible way.  These folks may not know you or even remember you were there, but they will remember the presence of the community.

The liturgy at the Easter Vigil is full of sacramentals and sacraments; all the signs and symbols of our faith are there to lift our hearts and minds to worship.  There is fire, candlelight, water, incense, readings from the Old and New Testament to remind us of God’s plan of salvation, bread, and wine.  We possibly can celebrate three sacraments tonight, Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist with those coming into the Church.  No matter what though, we celebrate the Eucharist for the first time since Holy Thursday, bread and wine become Jesus’ Body and Blood; the tabernacle filled,  the sanctuary lamp lit to remind us again that Jesus is present.

You will not regret attending the Easter Vigil.  Go to be part of the community that welcomes its’ new members into the Catholic Church. Go to get a glimpse of heaven on earth.  Go to celebrate the Resurrection.



TOPICS: Apologetics; Catholic; History; Theology
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A truly beautiful experience.

Plan to attend tonight!

1 posted on 03/30/2013 9:43:02 AM PDT by Salvation
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To: nickcarraway; NYer; ELS; Pyro7480; livius; ArrogantBustard; Catholicguy; RobbyS; marshmallow; ...

Easter Vigil Ping!


2 posted on 03/30/2013 9:44:49 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation
I'll be there tonight as well, dragging along my Baptist friend who came with me last year...

I could see the veins pulsing in his temples a bit during the Litany of the Saints, but he also remarked on what a beautiful service it was afterwards...and he's coming back with me this year :-)

3 posted on 03/30/2013 9:46:25 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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4 posted on 03/30/2013 9:48:56 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Good news. What an evangelizer you are!


5 posted on 03/30/2013 9:50:27 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

I subscribe to the St. Francis of Assissi school of evangelization...Preach the Gospel always. When necessary, use words.


6 posted on 03/30/2013 9:51:41 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: Salvation

Will be singing in our Parish choir tonight and on Sunday morning, it will be the first one for our new pastor Fr. Ben should be great!


7 posted on 03/30/2013 9:54:28 AM PDT by Empireoftheatom48 (God help the Republic but will he?)
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To: Salvation

I attended it for many years, and sang in the choir. But regretably I haven’t gone recently because it IS so very long. I think it would be possible to keep all the beauty while cutting back on the time a little. We have family here for Easter weekend, not all of whom go to church, and I don’t like to abandon them for almost the entire evening.


8 posted on 03/30/2013 10:00:25 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Salvation

I haven’t been in a parish that celebrated the full Easter Vigil, with all the Old Testament readings and psalms, since we moved from San Antonio in 1995. (We spent our last night there at the Easter Vigil.)


9 posted on 03/30/2013 10:31:03 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Stand in the corner and scream with me!)
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To: Cicero

At our parish we read only three of the OT readings. Always chosen by the priest.


10 posted on 03/30/2013 10:50:35 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Tax-chick

What a memory! Were you singing in the choir then?


11 posted on 03/30/2013 10:51:20 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

After 28 years of marriage, my wife said she wanted to become Catholic, and asked me to be her sponsor. She went through RCIA seven years ago and her Easter Vigil was by far the most blessed day our family ever experienced.

We have not missed an Easter Vigil since.

Vivat Jesus.


12 posted on 03/30/2013 11:12:03 AM PDT by reagandemocrat
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To: reagandemocrat

Tears in my eyes and a lump in my throat. That is happening in my church this year. A long-time Catholic lady (probably in her late sixties) has her husband, a doctor, converting to the Catholic fatih.


13 posted on 03/30/2013 11:19:36 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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14 posted on 03/30/2013 11:27:21 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

Yes, that makes sense. I read that the new Pope reduced one of the services this Holy Week, presumably for similar reasons. You want the congregation to be glad they are there, not to be itching to leave.

For whatever reason, our priest at my present parish seems to enjoy taking as long as possible over everything. Whatever he intends by that, I don’t think it has the intended result—it just makes people long to get out the door. That’s definitely not what you want.


15 posted on 03/30/2013 11:32:24 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Salvation

There are 3 which are mandated to be read the other 4 may be read.


16 posted on 03/30/2013 11:48:10 AM PDT by pbear8 (the Lord is my light and my salvation)
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To: Salvation

Yes, and Anoreth, who was 4, was sitting beside me the entire time in her little Easter outfit. (DP kept having to take Bill, who was 1, outside.) It wrapped up about 3:00, we got a couple hours sleep at our landlord’s house, and hit the road that Easter morning for Oklahoma City. It was sad.

This year is our 20th anniversary in the Catholic Church. Anoreth is 22 now, and little Billy, as was, is 19.


17 posted on 03/30/2013 11:50:34 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Stand in the corner and scream with me!)
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To: pbear8

Gen. 22:1-18
Ex. 14:15 - 15:1
Is. 55:1 - 11
amd the Epistle from Romans

Are these the mandated ones?


18 posted on 03/30/2013 1:05:48 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

I checked and at least 3 from the OT are read, Ex14 must be read but the others may be chosen from the 7 OT readings. I thought for years that Creation must be read but I guess not.


19 posted on 03/30/2013 1:27:26 PM PDT by pbear8 (the Lord is my light and my salvation)
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To: Salvation

It is as my parish pastor has said, “the mother of all the vigils”.


20 posted on 03/30/2013 3:06:37 PM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: Biggirl

Well, I just laid down to take a nap and woke up at eight minutes to three — not time enough to get to church and lead the Divine Mercy Chaplet.

I’ll have a lot of apologizing to do.


21 posted on 03/30/2013 4:04:32 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation; NYer

So I went to the vigil mass tonight and the local cable news was inside the church with a camera. Several people around me were disturbed by it. I asked an usher why they were there and he said that they came into the church, uninvited, and went up to the pastor with the camera on to ask if they could film. Father told them they could. This news channel is right up there with CNN and MSNBC. It really got under my skin, but I was there to celebrate mass, not fixate on the rude cameraman who chewed gum inside the church.


22 posted on 03/30/2013 7:38:19 PM PDT by NoKoolAidforMe (I'm clinging to my God and my guns. You can keep the change.)
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To: NoKoolAidforMe
They were probably filming for a news segment on "christians gathered to celebrate Easter". Look on the bright side. Your parish will be the one featured in that segment.

Wishing you a Blessed Easter!

23 posted on 03/30/2013 8:06:51 PM PDT by NYer (Beware the man of a single book - St. Thomas Aquinas)
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To: Salvation

Just came back from Easter Vigil at a Carmelite monastery. My hubby serves at the Mass every year, going on about 10-12 years or so now. Beautiful Mass and Happy Easter to all!


24 posted on 03/30/2013 8:10:41 PM PDT by MomwithHope (Buy and read Ameritopia by Mark Levin!)
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To: Salvation; All

A good and blessed Easter to ALL!


25 posted on 03/30/2013 8:33:19 PM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: NYer

Imagine that? Catholics worshiping in church on Easter eve. Scandalous!

Happy Easter to you, my fellow New Yorker.


26 posted on 03/30/2013 8:35:19 PM PDT by NoKoolAidforMe (I'm clinging to my God and my guns. You can keep the change.)
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To: Salvation

I attended, praise Jesus!


27 posted on 03/30/2013 8:42:27 PM PDT by Coleus
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To: Coleus

Just got back myself. Six were baptized as adults and I think there were eight received into Full Communion with the Catholic Church.


28 posted on 03/30/2013 11:15:26 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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29 posted on 03/30/2013 11:26:33 PM PDT by narses
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To: Salvation

Two hours and fifteen minutes, we got our moneys worth tonight. Three baptisms and Four confirmations, One communion.


30 posted on 03/30/2013 11:38:20 PM PDT by verga (A nation divided by Zero!)
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