My daughter’s fearlessness in the face of mud puddles gives us a new slant on the font, and those brave catechumens who (will eventually) plunge into those murky baptismal waters.Read more
Tag: Easter Vigil
Easter Vigil / Exodus Canticle
I also want to alert you to a significant error in the US Lectionary.Read more
The Sign of the Cross
Have you noticed how liturgical autopilot is creeping in?Read more
Creation, Salvation, Eucharist, Sunday: Let Earth be Glad!
I eventually came to hear in the recounting of that marvelous Genesis story the essence of the Resurrection: that the heart of God desires nothing more than light and life and love.Read more
Liturgy Lines: The Night of Nights
The Easter Vigil can be an awesome and inspiring time of worship if we immerse ourselves in the unique rhythm and flow of the liturgy on this night and allow the powerful symbols of the celebration to speak to us.Read more
A dose of reality
To anchor our feet firmly on the ground, here’s a report of another Vigil that an American friend sent meRead more
How many hands does it take…?
This year’s Easter Vigil was a real logistical ordeal for presiders.Read more
This is the night!
It is 10:00pm. Here in Kabuga, Rwanda, the Easter Vigil has ended. The people rise from their pews, gather their belongings and begin heading toward the exit. The retinue of liturgical ministers has disappeared into the sacristy. Suddenly, a man runs up the steps of the sanctuary and lights his taper candle with the Paschal flame.Read more
Non solum: Paschal Candle in Misson Parishes
It seems theologically questionable to take the candle to the city parish for the Easter Vigil, thus resulting in two Paschal Candles at one Mass.Read more
Refresh my heart: Regreening creation and the human spirit
There’s nothing like a new infant to make you appreciate (also: sweat through) the Easter Vigil mass. My new daughter’s patroness and namesake, Hildegard of Bingen, draws a parallel between baptism and the “re-greening” of creation that occurs annually in spring (we’re still waiting on this in Minnesota).Read more