A reader writes in:
What to do about the Easter Vigil Procession? The procession is a great moment of ritual action, but I think we can do it more effectively. Our parish tried to follow the Missal last year–dramatically turning on the lights right after the final “Thanks be to God.” We waited until people were in their seats for the deacon to take the candle to the altar, however, which resulted in about 5 minutes of people shuffling silently in the dark between the 2nd and 3rd “The Light of Christ.” Part of me says this is an excellent embodied metaphor for how most of us come to Christ. Another part says this is a potentially dangerous and frustrating moment for parishioners made anticlimactic by the immediate flip of the light switch once they reach their seats. How do y’all handle it?
The Easter Vigil is the mother of all vigils and that also makes it a difficult liturgy to plan. Given the complexity of the Easter Vigil, it is important that all of the parts be carefully orchestrated. What are your tips and tricks for implementing the Easter Vigil Procession? How does your community organize the start of the Easter Vigil?
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