Tag Archives: Easter Vigil

One look at Pope Francis’s first Holy Week. Fr. Z responds with brief manifesto.

Many people don’t know that Pope Francis planned to write his thesis on Romano Guardini, the distinguished theologian and liturgist who had a profound influence on Joseph Ratzinger.  Ratzinger even named one of his most important books with the same title … Continue reading

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Pope Francis’ sermon for the Easter Vigil

Pope Francis sermon for the Vigil of Easter with my emphases and comments.
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
1. In the Gospel of this radiant night of the Easter Vigil, we first meet the women who go the tomb of Jesus with spices to … Continue reading

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WDTPRS 3rd Sunday of Easter – “bright like kindled candles, honey sweet”

This Sunday’s Collect, for the 3rd Sunday of Easter, it seems to me, reflects a conscious attempt on the part of Holy Church to remind us of the Easter Vigil.  The prayer has antecedents in both the Veronese and Gelasian … Continue reading

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Benedict XVI’s Sermon for the Easter Vigil: of creation, light, communication, community, and bees

Here is the Pope’s sermon for the Easter Vigil.
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Easter is the feast of the new creation. Jesus is risen and dies no more. He has opened the door to a new life, one that no longer knows … Continue reading

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Benedict XVI’s sermon for the Easter Vigil

Pope Benedict’s sermon for the Vigil of Easter with extra paragraph breaks and my emphases and comments:
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
The liturgical celebration of the Easter Vigil makes use of two eloquent signs. First there is the fire that becomes … Continue reading

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WDTPRS: Vigil of Easter: stir up in your Church a spirit of adoption

Our Lenten journey brings us to the greatest feast day of the whole liturgical year.
We saw the priesthood and Eucharist instituted at Holy Thursday.  A glimpse of Easter glory was given us with the singing of the Gloria.  The … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: How early can the Easter Vigil 2011 begin?

Here is an oldie but goodie. Updated for 2011.
From a reader:
There is a parish in our diocese that is advertising (in the bulletin and even in the diocesan paper) a 4:00 p.m. Easter Vigil. Are there ANY circumstances … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: How early can the Easter Vigil begin?

Here is an oldie but goodie.  Updated for 2010.
From a reader:
There is a parish in our diocese that is advertising (in the bulletin and even in the diocesan paper) a 4:00 p.m. Easter Vigil.  Are there ANY circumstances … Continue reading

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