Surrounded by the glow of the new Easter candle, members of the religious community and their guests keep vigil throughout the night, marking each of these seven “night watches” with song, prayer, symbolic rituals and silence.
Jesus is the risen shepherd who takes upon his shoulders “our brothers and sisters crushed by evil in all its varied forms,” Pope Francis said before giving his solemn Easter blessing.
The Easter Vigil, the culmination of our Lenten journey, has its root in the tradition of the Jewish Passover.
It is the pinnacle of the church’s liturgical calendar.
Two women — one a university student who once didn’t believe in God and the other a mother of three searching for deeper spiritual connections in her life — will be fully initiated into the church at the Easter Vigil Twenty-three catechumens and 45 candidates will enter fully into the Catholic Church through the Rite […]