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3 April 2021 All day
Symbols speak powerfully across generations and cultures. The Easter Vigil centres around four foundational Christian symbols and invites people again to become what they receive: fire (light), water (baptism), bread (Eucharist), and sacred story (Scripture). We are called to follow Christ in being light bearers and kindlers in our world. We renew our baptismal promises to be life-giving water for all those who thirst in both body and soul. We are strengthened and fed by sharing the nourishment of the two tables of the Word and the Eucharist; salvation history leads us to Eucharistic living both in and for our world today. The Easter Vigil celebrates with joy that resurrection is always breaking through, despite all “stones” of hatred and despair that seem to block the way. Christ breaks us free from the tombs that hold us back and down in our lives, and we rise with and through Christ. This is the gift we are called to share with purpose, delight, and gratitude.
Excerpts from the Exsultet (the Easter Proclamation)
Be glad, let earth be glad, as glory floods her, ablaze with light from her eternal King, let all corners of the earth be glad, knowing an end to gloom and darkness. This is the night of which it is written: The night shall be as bright as day, dazzling is the night for me, and full of gladness. May this flame be found still burning by the Morning Star: the one Morning Star who never sets, Christ your Son, who, coming back from death's domain, has shed his peaceful light on humanity, and lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen
View Deanne Gilson’s painting Nyirram turt-barram (The Morning Star Story) and read her explanation of the story it tells.
Christ Is Risen by Matt Maher from the album Alive Again