Easter Vigil

Ferar, Apr 18: Easter Vigil, also called the Paschal Vigil, is a service held in traditional Christian churches as the first official celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus.  It is held in the hours of darkness between sunset on Holy Saturday and sunrise on Easter Day – most commonly in the evening of Holy Saturday.

In our parish, we celebrated the Easter Vigil on the 15th of April, 2017 at 7 p.m. The main celebrant was Rev. Fr. Pius Pinto and the con-celebrants were Rev. Fr. Roshan Rosario and Rev. Fr. Melwyn Sequeira. The celebration began with the entire parish gathering as one family and the lighting of the fire, symbolising life and light. From this fire, the Paschal candle was lit, symbolizing that Jesus Christ is the Light.

This was followed by a procession into the church during which, the celebrant uttered the words “The light of God” and the people raised their voices saying “Thanks be to God”. Everybody’s candles were then lit with the fire from the Paschal candle, symbolising that we are the light of the world.

This was followed by the proclamation of the Word of God, blessing of the Holy Water and sprinkling of the Holy water on assembly. This was a reminder that we are baptised children of the Catholic Church. The assembly also renewed the Baptismal promises.

At the end of the mass, cake and coffee was distributed to all, which was sponsored by Mr. leo Lobo Kombott Ward

 

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