Today is the last day of sacrifice, it is the day which prepares us for the most important day as Christians: Easter. The celebration of the Easter Vigil, which takes place Saturday evening, is the climax of the Church’s liturgical year. The Easter candle, known as the Paschal Candle, is lit during this Vigil and will remain in church during the whole year, to remind us of Jesus’ death and resurrection. The Paschal Candle is lit throughout the Easter season.
During this liturgy, we listen to seven readings from the Old Testament. The Church is in semi-darkness. After these readings, the Church is lit and the Gloria is sung (we do not recite the Gloria during Lent, apart from Holy Thursday). Today we also sing the Hallelujah before the Gospel which proclaims that Jesus has risen from the dead.
The celebration of the Easter Vigil will be transmitted on television. Be present as a family for this celebration. Be prepared:
Readings and Gospel
You can follow the readings from here.