Greg Nelson believes in God and prays every day, even though for most of his 36 years of life, he hasn’t belonged to any particular church. But that’s about to change.
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.
The Roman Missal, which spells out specifics of how the vigil is to be celebrated, describes it as the “mother of all vigils” and says it is the “greatest and most noble of all solemnities and it is to be unique in every single church.”
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 […]