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.

Copyright 2013 Deanna Bartalini

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Deanna Bartalini is a wife of almost 30 years and mother of two adults. She work as a Director of Faith Formation in sunny south Florida. Walking with people on their faith journeys is the most satisfying part of what she does. She spends her free time reading, writing, cooking, sewing, crafting and whatever else catches her eye. Deanna's personal goal in life is to always be "notlukewarm" (Rev 3:16) . Find Deanna at her blog, Notlukewarm, at New Evangelizers, on Facebook, Goodreads and Pinterest.

3 Comments

  1. Ginny Kubitz Moyer on

    I agree that the Easter Vigil is like heaven and earth meeting. I used to love to go … haven’t been back since having children (my husband is the head of RCIA, so he has to be there; I’m the one who is always at home on Kid Duty). One of these years, I’ll be back! Have a great Holy Week.

  2. i HAVE A QUESTION THAT I DONT KNOW IF ANY ONE IS FAMILIAR WITH.We finially baptized our 12 year old daughter this past easter sunday at easter vigil.Like all the other girls being baptized,we dressed her in the traditional white,poofy,top of the knees,baptism dress with the matching bonnet,lace anklets,and white ‘mary jane’ shoes.under her dress she wore the standard white cloth diaper with plastic pants[rubberpants]over it and a white under shirt.She will be making her first holy communion next may 2015 and i want to know if her baptism diaper and rubberpants can be worn under white tights with her communion dress? can any one advise me on this? thanks

  3. The Easter Vigil is amazing! I am a recent convert from Judaism to Catholicism and found the Easter Vigil to be the most rewarding day of my life! To be Baptised, Confirmed and Receive for the first time at the Easter Vigil, 2012 will be a day I will remember forever.

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