Easter Vigil

Posted on April 11, 2020

Dear Seton Family,

Tonight is the “Mother of all vigils”, the pinnacle of the Church year, and the highpoint of Christian liturgy. We celebrate this solemn, yet joyful liturgy in the expectation of Christ’s resurrection in Easter.

Due to the covid-19 pandemic, there is no lighting and blessing of the new fire, no outdoor procession, no one holding lit tapers in a dark church. Instead, I will say the Preparation Prayers for our new Paschal (Easter) candle and light it in front of the sanctuary. We WILL hear Brendan chant the Exsultet (the Easter Proclamation), and the timeless story of salvation history and how faithful God has been to us throughout all time.

Sadly, we will not initiate by Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist those who seek to join or deepen their bond with the Church, but we WILL continue our prayerful support, until the day we can celebrate these Sacraments with them in our parish community. 

We renew our own baptismal promises and I hope you will respond with a joyful, “I DO!”

Finally, as we hunger to receive the Eucharist, the eternal pledge of Christ’s love for us, may our Spiritual Communion strengthen us until the day when all of us will gather again, safely!

You are invited to enter fully into our vigil – sing and pray with all your strength; allow the symbols of this most holy night to strengthen your faith in the resurrection of our Lord!

Click here for the Worship Aid for tonight’s Easter Vigil at 8pm.

As advertised, our services will be live-streamed on the parish Facebook (link), recorded on YouTube (link), and our parish website, https://www.seaseton.org/Resources/Media. If you do not have Facebook but wish to watch our livestream, click here for instructions.

In the Lord, 
Fr Paul