The Easter Vigil

In both Catholic and Jewish tradition, a new day begins at sundown, so the Easter Vigil Mass, held sometime between sunset on Holy Saturday and sunrise on Easter Sunday is the first Eucharistic celebration of the Easter season. Like Mary Magdalene and the other women who came to the tomb “as the first day of the week was dawning,” we gather in the darkness to experience the Light of the World who brings new life to all of us. One of the most beautiful and profound liturgical expressions the Church has to offer, the Vigil is an experience you should share with your family at least once (although, since it can last as long as three hours, you might want to hold off a few years if you have very young and restless ones!).

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