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The Easter Vigil
FatherPiusLittleway ^ | Fr. Pius Sammut, OCD

Posted on 04/11/2009 12:26:16 AM PDT by Salvation

 The Easter Vigil

"According to a most ancient tradition, this night is 'one of vigil for the Lord' (Exodus 12 :42), and the Vigil celebrated during it, to commemorate that holy night when the Lord rose from the dead, is regarded as the 'mother of all holy vigils' (Saint Augustine, Sermo 219). For in that night, the Church keeps vigil, waiting for the resurrection of the Lord, and celebrates the sacraments of Christian initiation.
The entire celebration of the Easter Vigil takes place at night. It should not begin before nightfall; it should end before daybreak on Sunday. This rule is to be taken according to its strictest sense. ..

The Passover Vigil, in which Hebrews kept watch for the Lord's Passover which was to free them from slavery to Pharaoh, is an annual commemoration. It prefigured the true PASCH of Christ that was to come, the night that is of true liberation, in which 'destroying the bonds of death, Christ rose as victor from the depths' (Roman Missal - The Easter Proclamation)

From the very outset, the Church has celebrated that annual PASCH, which is the solemnity of solemnities, above all by means of a night vigil. For the resurrection of Christ is the foundation of our faith and hope, and through baptism and confirmation, we are inserted into the Paschal mystery of Christ, dying, buried, and raised with him, we shall also reign.

The full meaning of Vigil is a awaiting for the coming of the Lord.

Saint Augustine says : "We keep vigil on that night because the Lord rose from the dead; that life .. where there is no longer the sleep of death, began for us in his flesh; being thus risen, death will be no more nor have dominion... If we have kept vigil for the risen one, he will see that we shall reign with him for ever' (Sermo Guelferbitan)"

Congregation for Divine Worship, 1988

Here are included excerpts from four sermons on Easter by the Fathers of the Church and two studies on the real significance of the Easter Vigil.

The Holy Vigil. Written by Father Louis Bouyer. One of the leading figures in the Liturgical Renewal Movement which characterized the Catholic Church in these last years. A very gifted theologian and a scholarly Liturgist.
Celebrating the Passover Feast with meaningful Signs. Written by Father Pedro Farnes. A leading Liturgist, one of the remaining witnesses of the Second Vatican Council.
Homily on Pasch by Melito, Bishop of Sardis.
Homily on Easter by Saint John Chyrsostom
Proclamation of Easter by Saint Gregory Nazianzen.
Another Proclamation of Easter by Saint Gregory Nazianzen.

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TOPICS: Apologetics; Catholic; History; Theology
KEYWORDS: catholic; catholiclist; easter
For further discussion.
1 posted on 04/11/2009 12:26:17 AM PDT by Salvation
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2 posted on 04/11/2009 12:33:13 AM PDT by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Salvation
most recent at to The Sacraments of Initiation and Christian Life [Easter Vigil]

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3 posted on 04/11/2009 12:52:54 AM PDT by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Salvation

To all the brothers and sisters in RICA about to be baptised into the Catholic Church, as well as returning catholics: a warm welcome.

4 posted on 04/11/2009 3:21:47 AM PDT by m4629
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I second that welcome.

Some went through a long approach to the church, and I give them credit for sticking with their decision!

May God bless each catechumen abundantly.

5 posted on 04/11/2009 10:50:46 AM PDT by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Salvation
My husband and I, both converts, will be attending the Easter Vigil tonight. Not only is it the holiest part of the Easter season, but it is a reminder to us of when we entered the Church.

Have a blessed Easter, Salvation!

6 posted on 04/11/2009 11:14:02 AM PDT by Miss Marple
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To: Miss Marple

And I have received several messages from FR folks who will be joining your ranks. Alleluia!

7 posted on 04/11/2009 11:52:24 AM PDT by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Salvation

Congrats to all Catholics who are returning, to those who are going to be baptized as well as recieved tonight into the Church. A Blessed Easter!

8 posted on 04/11/2009 3:15:22 PM PDT by Biggirl (GO UCONN!=^..^==^..^==^..^==^..^==^..^=)
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This prayer, which dates from the twelfth century, is substituted for the Angelus during Easter Season.

Glory to God in the highest!

In Latin

In English

Regina coeli, laetare, alleluia: Quia quem meruisti portare, alleluia. Resurrexit sicut dixit, alleluia. Ora pro nobis Deum, alleluia.

V. Gaude et laetare, Virgo Maria, Alleluia,

R. Quia surrexit Dominus vere, alleluia.

Oremus: Deus qui per resurrectionem Filii tui, Domini nostri Iesu Christi, mundum laetificare dignatus es: praesta, quaesumus, ut per eius Genetricem Virginem Mariam, perpetuae capiamus gaudia vitae. Per eundem Christum Dominum nostrum.

R. Amen.

Queen of Heaven rejoice, alleluia: For He whom you merited to bear, alleluia, Has risen as He said, alleluia. Pray for us to God, alleluia.

V. Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, alleluia.

R. Because the Lord is truly risen, alleluia.

Let us pray: O God, who by the Resurrection of Thy Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, granted joy to the whole world: grant we beseech Thee, that through the intercession of the Virgin Mary, His Mother, we may lay hold of the joys of eternal life. Through the same Christ our Lord.

R. Amen.

9 posted on 04/12/2009 2:03:52 PM PDT by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Salvation

So many good articles posted on the Easter traditions. Bump for Bible study.

10 posted on 04/12/2009 8:21:48 PM PDT by Ciexyz (I heard Joe the Plumber speak 03-30-2009.)
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To: Salvation

Let us all enter into the joy of the Lord, as the sermon by St. John Chrysostom suggests.

11 posted on 04/12/2009 8:34:19 PM PDT by Ciexyz (I heard Joe the Plumber speak 03-30-2009.)
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