Assembly a little sleepy mid-Easter Vigil? No problem.

So we all know how, by the middle of the Easter Vigil, our attention can begin to wane and our eyes to grow heavy. Here is one way to wake everyone up and bring in Easter with a bang.

I’m not sure the origins of the video, but from the cottas, fiddleback chasuble, and six candles on the high altar I think this must be some place that has taken to heart the Reform of the Reform and mutual enrichment of the two uses of the Roman Rite.

But more seriously…

…no, there really is nothing serious I want to say about this.


  1. Yes, what was that?!!! I now regret playing the video. I was not far from the finish line at the Boston Marathon in 2013. That sound!!

    1. @Anne Mullen:

      My sympathies (I was a couple of miles away near Fort Point Channel, which saw more activity later in that memorable week; my neighbor was the first EMT on the scene at the second bomb site, and I tried to do him the favor of NOT asking him what he saw, which he appreciated… Greater Boston is a metropolis with the soul of a town.)

      1. @Karl Liam Saur:
        Thank you Karl.
        My husband, daughters and I are grateful that we were spared seeing the carnage. We were ordered over to Commonwealth Ave after the first bomb but heard and smelled the second. Friends working the medical tent are still dealing with what they witnessed.
        Fritz…Sorry for the serious comments. There was a time I would have laughed at this video.

  2. They say that Holy People die at the Easter Vigil, (didn’t Odo Casel do just that ?) well, this is a surefire (get it ?) way of assuring the passage of select souls with potentially fatal heart conditions from this world to the eternal Pascha.

    There is somewhere a film of fireworks being let off at the Baptistery of the Duomo in Florence during the (morning) Easter Vigil in the early 1950’s.

    So there is nothing radical about this, not even the lovely vestments …


  3. This is a laudable practice with historical precedent which developed organically from earlier traditions. This is clearly demonstrated in the Benedictine altar arrangement, the wearing of lace, and the use of Latin chant.

    Now if this same exact thing were done in the presence of felt banners hanging from the altar, polyester vestments, and someone in sandals strumming a guitar, it would be a liturgical abuse, an abomination of sacred ritual worthy of reporting to the local ordinary or even the CDW.

    See how that works? 😉

    Back when I used to waste time arguing with people on discussion boards, I got in a heated discussion over the practice of showering rose petals through the oculus at the Pantheon in Rome on Pentecost. I cited it as something that started as a completely novel innovation and over time became a hallowed tradition. Several of my interlocutors were stumped to explain the difference.

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