With Easter behind us, I have had a bit of time to reflect on the Easter Vigil and its solemnity. During my reflection, a reader wrote me with an interesting question:
I attend Mass in a small parish. We had just under 300 attend the Easter Vigil liturgy and almost 800 at the 9:00 AM Mass and almost 500 at the Noon Mass. My question is this: How do we/can we fill the pews for the Easter Vigil liturgy, arguably the most important Mass of the year?
I think the reader’s question is an interesting one. As the reader points out, the Easter Vigil is of course one of the most important celebrations of the whole liturgical year.
I must say, that I have always been blessed to attend an Easter Vigil in a packed church. In the parishes I have been during Holy Week, the Triduum liturgies have been standing room only. The only Mass with more people in attendance than the Easter Vigil is Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve (and yes it is celebrated at midnight). But I imagine my experience of a packed church during the Triduum is the exception, not the rule.
I too wonder how we can catechize the faithful on the importance of attending the Triduum liturgies and the Easter Vigil in particular.
What steps did your community take to “advertise” the Triduum liturgies and the Easter Vigil in particular? How are you catechizing your parishioners on the importance of these liturgies?
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