HOLY SATURDAY EASTER VIGIL
During the day we spend time thinking and praying. We remember that Jesus died to save all people and we thank God for this gift. We pray especially for those who will celebrate the Easter sacraments. On Holy Saturday evening we gather with our parish for the celebration of the Easter Vigil. The Easter Vigil is the most important vigil of the year and it is the highpoint of the Triduum. It begins after sundown on the Saturday before Easter Sunday. It is a time of watchful waiting. Two beautiful symbols of our faith are a central part of this night: Light and Water – The fire is a reminder of our own passing with Christ from death to life, from darkness to light. The water is a symbol that is very important to the Easter Vigil. It is important to the newly baptised and to all of us who renew our baptismal promises. It is a symbol of our new Easter life.
In keeping with true tradition we light our candles from the Easter candle and continue in procession until the whole church is alight. This year the parish will provide battery operated candles for all parishioners.