Triduum – The Easter Vigil Celebration

“Why do you seek the living one among the dead? He is not here, but he has been raised.”

We have these words from Luke and many others that remind us to proclaim with joy-

He is Risen!

(I took this photo in Jerusalem, at the Garden Tomb. This spot, outside the walls of the Old City is believed by some, to be the true tomb instead of the Holy Sepulchre. I just like the saying on the door of the tomb, which reminds us of what we believe.)

The Easter Vigil was a celebration of great joy! We gathered outside around the fire that I wrote about here. (these photos were clearly taken before we gathered – the pitchers to the right in one of them are old oils from last year.)

We processed in darkness into the church and suddenly one flame became many as we shared the Light of the Risen Christ with one another. This is our Easter joy!

Father Butler sang a beautiful Exultet, which if you have never heard, you should listen to. I don’t have access to any recording of Father’s voice, but you can here it on this website,it is a lovely version.

And our altar looked beautiful with all of its flowers, which you can see in this photo.


We had our many readings, which I was fortunate enough to be a part of and the liturgy was in its glory.

We welcomed three new members into our community; two women who were baptized and then a third, who along with the first two received the sacraments of confirmation and first Eucharist. It was beautiful and moving, as it always is.

If you have never been to Easter Vigil, you might really want to consider attending next year; I think it is unparalleled in our church life.

May you all the joys, blessings and new life of Easter be with you as we celebrate the essential notion of our faith this year and always.

Peace Unto All! Live in the Light of the Risen Christ!

Blessings of Easter 2008 to one and all!

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3 responses to “Triduum – The Easter Vigil Celebration

  1. Unfortunately, we don’t have an Easter vigil in our small church. Easter morning is our big celebration. Yours sounds lovely. I’d like to have been there.I’m going to have to visit here more often, dear Fran. I know, I know. I keep saying it, but I don’t do it.

  2. Happy Easter Grandmere! I am glad that you stopped by to see this post and share our Easter with us.Easter joy to one and all and please come back freely, no matter how infrequently, at your convenience. Your prayerful presence is a delight to see at any time.

  3. He is risen, indeed!Easter blessings to you and your church community.