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Jacafamala

Easter Vigil Mass; what to expect...
« on: April 03, 2010, 09:06:am »
I'm trying to decide between taking the children to Mass tonight at 7p.m. and/or going by myself and then taking them to Mass early tomorrow. Last year we went to the Low Mass on Easter Sunday. Does the vigil Mass "count" (fulfill the requirement) for Easter Sunday? Time-wise how long does that vigil Mass usually run? I'm sort of leaning towards going to that one, because I've heard it's basically the highlight of the entire year. I'm just trying to figure out what I can do, and what might be pushing it with my children and extended family coming over, etc, etc...

Credo

Re: Easter Vigil Mass; what to expect...
« Reply #1 on: April 03, 2010, 10:06:am »
Go to the Vigil. As you have said, it is the liturgical celebration of the entire year.

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Does the vigil Mass "count" (fulfill the requirement) for Easter Sunday?

Yes. The liturgical day begins at sundown.*

* This isn't a new "spirit of Vatican II" thing either. I challenge anyone who disagrees with the above statement to produce a breviary which doesn't have "First Vespers for Sunday" being said at sundown on Saturday evening.

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Time-wise how long does that vigil Mass usually run?

About 2 1/2 - 3 hours. It will take more if there are - God willing - converts being received tonight.

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I'm just trying to figure out what I can do, and what might be pushing it with my children and extended family coming over, etc, etc...

Obviously bringing your family would be the first option. If not, see if you can't get someone to hold down the fort while you're out. Perhaps an infidel family member or friend.
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Re: Easter Vigil Mass; what to expect...
« Reply #2 on: April 03, 2010, 03:26:pm »
Assuming your church celebrates the Easter Vigil with all the bells and whistles, expect this:

1.) The blessing of the Easter fire, a bonfire, outside the church.
2.) The priest inscribes Alpha and Omega, and the year onto the new year's Paschal Candle and lights it with a flame from the Easter fire
3.) The Paschal Candle leads a procession of all the faithful into the church, while the deacon sings "Lumen Christi" three times
4.) Your church might hand out small candles to everyone, and as the Candle passes by everyone, each person's candle will be lit up with flames passed down from this giant candle; it's pretty cool when all the church's lights are out
4.) The deacon sings a giant hymn of priase called the Exultet
5.) During the Mass of the Catechumens, there are at least four readings from the Old Testament, starting with Genesis 1:1 and working all through Biblical history
6.) If there are people to be baptized or confirmed, there will be the Litany of Saints and then their initiation rites
7.) The tower bell is rung during the Gloria, and Mass continues from there as usual
8.) Actually, there is one more thing; the Alleluia for the gospel is solemnly intoned three times, each at a higher pitch than the last
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kimbaichan

Re: Easter Vigil Mass; what to expect...
« Reply #3 on: April 03, 2010, 03:41:pm »
Our NO vigil mass will include everything HK just said except we're only doing three readings 'cause I go to Mass with all elderly people and Monsignor thinks that would be too long for them and we don't have a bell tower but we do have extra bells just for tonight.
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