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f, lanv of us are afraid of
the universeto the ProPhetical
d Y l d a r k n e s sW
. hen I was a
a n n o u n c e m e n to f a " n e w
kid, I couldnot sleepunlessa
c o v e n a n t . "T h e c l i m a x t h e n
I found
Iightwas on. Darkness
comeswhen we hear the
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threatening.
passage
from Matthew'sGosPel
seemedto be lurki.ngin the
of Christ.
Resurrection
aboutthe
darkness.
is also
Candle
The
Paschal
No wonderthat the verY
The
baPtisms.
present
during
in
we
find
first words of Cod
s m a l l c a n d l eo f t h e n e w l Y
the Bible are,"Let therebe
baptizedis lightedfrom the
oa i n t e d
l i g h t l "M i c h e l a n g e l p
PaschalCandle,symbolizing
i l l u s t r a t i o no f
an impressive
in baptism"we wereburied
that
ceiling
of
on
the
thesewords
with him...sothatasChristwas
the SistineChapel:Cod pushes
raisedfromthedead...we, too,
away dark cloudsso that his
of life,"as
mightlivein newness
into
a
is
transformed
thewholefresco: church
Iightillumines
Testament
New
the
hear
in
we
light.
place
warm
of
light
himself
as
God manifests
T h i s h u g e P a s c h aCl a n d l e reading(cf Rom6:4).
thatconquersthe darkness.
ln baptism*g lsss.iYsthe
D u r i n g t h e E a s t e rV i g i l , that "conquers"the darknessis
l
i
g
h t o f t h e R i s e nL o r d w h o
Christ.
Risen
the
of
t h e C h u r c hc e l e b r a t e isn a a symbol
said,"l am the Lightof
the
once
FridaY,
on
died
When
m
e
a
n
i
n
g
f
u
l
Jesus
b e a u t i f u la n d
describe the world." Buf he alsosaidto
r i t u a l t h i s m a n i f e s t a t i o on f Synopticevangelists
to us,"Youarethe
God and of Christthe Lightof thatmomentasa momentwhen hisdisciples,
world."
of
the
light
From
light:
the world. The liturgybegins darknessconquers
Why? Becausein baPtism
came
i n d a r k n e s sT. h e r ew e l i g h t noon onward,darkness
of sinandevil was
and blessfirst a fire and the over the whole land until three thedarkness
(cf
by
l a n d l ew h i c h in the afternoon Mt 27:45). conquered the Lightof Christ
h u g e P a s c h aC
i s c a r r i e d - t h r o u g thh e n a v e And it wasdawn,at the time of and we are taskedto let HIS
of
rosefromthe Lightshineintothe darkness
whenJesus
of the church,stoppingthree sunrise,
timesto chantthe acclamation dead-bringingnew light into our oftenevil society."Letthere
With thesedetails be light,"Christtellsus.
"Christour Light,"to whichthe the darkness.
Thatiswhy we renewduring
make a strong
assemblyresponds,"Thanks the evangelists
E a s t eV
r igil (andin all
his
t
h
e
ln
statement:
theological
be to God." As the Paschal
our baPtismal
Christconquered Masseson Easter)
C a n d l e i s c a r r i e dt h r o u g h resurrection,
We are remindedof
of sin and evil. lt oromises.
t h e d a r k c h u r c h ,a l l p r e s e n t the darkness
receivecandleswhich are lit is like a new creationthat is what we are-EasterPeoPleCandle.With broughtaboutby God'spowerful and what our taskas disciPles
from the Paschal
is-sharing the Lightof -God's
the 'lLightof words,"Lettherebe Light!"
this,symbolically
T h e r e a d i n g sd u r i n g t l " r e lovewith our fellowmen.
throughoutthe
Christ"spreads
r igil leadas through
assemblyand the darknessis E a s t e V
- Fr. RudotfHorst, SVD
conqueredby light;the dark the main stagesof salvation

(Thecelehrationbeginsin total dark- (Withthestylus,


thefriesttracesthe to thelecternfront wherehefroclaims
ness.
All lightsinsidethechurcharebut symbok
ouerthewaxcandle.
Hetraces ffteExsultet/
out.A largefire isprefaredoatside'the theGreek
letterALPHAaboae
thecross,
churchwherethecelebration
is to begin. theletterOMEGA
below,
andthenamer- J':,;lste:'Jr:'rr*i;ul:.,fi on
Thepriestgoestherewith theminisiers, alsofthecurrent
yearbetween
thearms I ir.r:,;r,rfr,,ei
(Short Form)
oneofwhomcarriestheEastercandle.) ofthecros.Hesays:)

P - Christ yesterday and P - Exult, let them exult, the


Exult,letAngel
today (as he tracesthe uertical hostsofheavens.
ministersof God exult, let the
arm ofthe crosl,
- the Beginning and the End trumpetof salvationsoundaloud
our mighty King's triumph!Be
(Thesignofthecrosis madehere)
(thehorizontalarm),
glad,
let earth be glad, as glory
- the Alpha (alfha, abouethe
P - The peaceof Christ the
floods
her, ablazewith light from
cross)
Savior,the loveof Godthe Father. her
eternal
King, let all corners
(omega,
and
the Omega
and the fdllowshipof the Holy
of the earth be glad, knowing
belowthe cross),
Spirit be alwayswith you.
-All time belongs tohim (ihe and end to gloomand darkness.
All - And with your spirit.
Rejoice,let Mother Churchalso
first numeral,in the upperleft
rejoice,
arraye{with the lighting
P - Dear brethren (brothers cornerof the crosl,
glory,
of
his
let this holy building
and all the ages (thesecond
andsisters),on this mostsacred
joy, filled with the
shake
with
night, in which our Lord Jesus numeral, in the upf er right
mighty
voices
of the peoples.
Christ passed,over
from death corneu,
-To
him be $oryand power P -The lnrd be with vou.
to life,the Churchcallsuponher
sons and daughters,scattered (the third numeral,in the lower AII - And wittr your spirit.
throughout the world, to come lefi corner),
P - Lift up your hearts.
together to watch and pray. If - througlr every age and for All - We lift them up to the
we keep the memorialof the ever.Amen (thelastnumeral.in I-ord.
lnrd's paschalsolemnityin this thelowerri.ghtcorner).
P - Let us give thanks to the
way,listeningto his word and (When
thecross
andothermarkshaue I-ordour God.
- It is right and just.
celebratinghis mysteries,then beenmaile,thefriestmayinsert
fiue All
we shall have the sure hope of grainsofincense
in thecandle.
Hedoes P - It is truly right and just,
sharinghis triumph over death thisin theformofa cross,
saying:)
with ardent love of mind and
andlivingwith him in God.
-By
P
(1) heart and with devotedservice
his holy
-and $orious wounds, (2) of our voice,to acclaimour God
lllessirrgof thc Firc
-may Christ the Lord (3) invisible,the almightyFather,and
-guard us
Irctor - Thepassagefrom
(4) JesusChrist, our Lord, his Son,
death
-and protect us. Amen.(S) his Only Begotten.
to life is drarnaticallysignifiedby
Who for our sakepaidAdam's
the light offire piercing through (The
lightsthecandle
from the debt to the eternalFather,and,
the darknessof night. It is fi.tting new lriest
fire.)
pouringout his own dearBlood,
that ourliturgyfirstcenterson the
P
May the light of .Christ wiped clean the record of our
symboloffire and light.
rising in glory dispelthe dark- ancientsinfulness.
P -ltuspray. (Pause)
nessof our heartsandminds.
These,then, are the feastsof
O God,whothroughyour Son
Passover,
in which is slain the
bestowedupon the faithful the IlrGc-:cssisll.r
lamb, the onetrue lamb, whose
fire ofyourglory,sanctily(t) this (Thefriest or deacontakesthelighted Blood anointsthe
doorpostsof
newfire, we pray,andgrant that, Eastercandle,lifis it high,and sings believers.
by thesepaschalcelebrations,
we alone:)
This is the night, when once
maybe soinllamedwith heavenlv
you led our forebears,Islael's
P
_THE
LIGHTOF
CHRISI
desires,that with mindsmadl
children,from slaveryin Egypt
- Thanks be to God.
pure we may attain festivities of All
and madethem passdry-shod
(Thepriestmouesto thecenterof the
unendingsplendor.
throughthe RedSea.
churchand singsa second
ThroughChristour Lord.
time:)
This is the night that with
All -Amen.
_THELIGHTOFCHRISI
a pillar of fire banished the
P
darknessof sin.
All - Thanks be to God.
Freparation rlf the Fiasrrr
This is the night that which
(AUtfut theircindlesfrom theEaster
Canclle
evn
now,throughoutthe world,
candle.Thepriestamiuesat thealtar,he
(Afiertheuewfire isblesed,
theEaster facesthefeortleand singsa thirdtime.) sets Christian believersapart
from worldly v:cesandfrom the
candle
isbrought
tothefriest-celebrant.)
P _THE LIGHT OF CHRISI
gloom of sin, leadingthem to
Lector -The Eastercandlerep- All - Thanks be to God.
grace and joining them to his
resents
our risenLord,whoshines
,
lightsin the churchare but on. holy ones.
in the light and splendorof his Chepriest
The
and otherministers'broceeil This is the night,whenChrist
resurrection.
He,in theformof the to thealtar
priestcelebront
will broke the prison-barsof death
giant candle,is the 'hewpillar af notsing If the
'
theExsultet,hewill proceed
to and rose victorious,fromthe
fire'i leadingtheChurchout of the theehair,whilethe,tninister
assigned
to underworld.
bondageof sin into thepromiseof do theEasterPro,clamation
carriesthe
yourhumblecare
O wonded'of
newlife.
Eostdrcandle
toih flace.Hethenrnuues for usl O love,O charitybeyond

all telling, to ransoma slaveyou A reading from the Book of


gaveawayyourSon!
Genesis
G - Gld;N - Narrator)
O ffulynecessarysinofAdam, (If dramatized,,
destroyedcompletelyby the
N - In the beginning, when
Deathof Christ!
Godcreatedthe heavensandthe
O happyfault that earnedso
Godsaid:
great,so gloriousa Redeemer! earth,
- Let us make man in our
G
The sanctifyingpower of this
likeness.Let
washes image, aftenour
nightdispelswickedness,
overthe flsh
dominion
them
have
faultsaway,restoresinnocenceto
the alr;and
birds
of
sea,
the
of
the
the fallen,andjoy to mourners.
and over all the wild
the
cattle.
O truly blessednight, when
andall the creafirresthat
things of heavenarewedto those animals
the ground.
crawl
on
of earth anddivineto the human.
- God createdman in his
N
On this,your night of grace;O
image;in the divine image he
holy Father,acceptthis candle,a
createdhim; maleandfemalehe
solemnoffering,the work of bees
createdthem.Godblessedthem,
and of your servants'hands,an
saying:
eveningsacrificeof praise,this
- Be fertile and multiply; fill
gift from your mostholy Church. G
the
earth and subdueit. Have
Therefore, O Lord, we pray
over the fish of the
dominion
you that this candle,hallowed
birds
of the air, and all
sea,
the
to the honor of your name,
that move on
things
the
living
may persevereundimmed,to
the
earth.
overcomethe darknessof this
N - Godalsosaid:
night. Receiveit as a pleasing
G - See,I giveyou everyseedfragrance,and let it mingle with
bearingplant all over the earth
the lights of heaven.May this
every tree that has seedflamebefoundstill burningby the and
fruit on it to beyourfood;
bearing
Morning Star:the one Morning
to
all
the animalsof the land,
and
Starwho neverset6,Christyour
birds of the air, and all the
the
all
Son,who, coming back from
living creaturesthat crawl on the
death'sdomain.has shed his ground, give
all the greenPlants
I
peacefullight on humanity, and
for
food,
livesandreignsfor everandever.
N - And so it happened.God
All - Amen.
looked at everything he had
made,'andhe founditvery good.
-The wordof the Inrd.
All - Thanlis be to God.
Lector - Theliturgy of theWord,
the secondfart of this eaening's
put outPlease
begins.
celebration,
your candles.
P -Dearbrethren (brothersand
sisters),nowthatwe havebegun
our solemnVigil, let usIistenwith
quietheartsto the Word of God.
Let us meditateon how God in
times past savedhis peopleand
in these,thelastdays,hassentus
lt us
his Sonas our Redeemer.
praythat our Godmay complete
this paschalwork of salvationby
the fullnessof redemption.
lir.;:dicrS
I [Gen1:1,2631a]
(ShortForm) (Si/)
taka usbacktothe
Ourfi,rstreadi,ng
God
ofhumanexistence.
beginning
createdall thingsgood,andcreated
rnanand womanaecordingto his
Ttis starts
ownimageandliheness:
thehistoryofhumankind,a history
qhich reachesits awlwt,tnation
in
JesusChrist.

abovethe mountainsthe waters


stood.(R)
3. Yousendforth springsinto the
watercourses/that wind among
the mountains./Besidethem
the birds of heavendwell;/ from
amongthe branchestheY send
forth their song.(R)
4. Youwaterthe mountainsftom
your palace;lthe earthis rePlete
with thefruit ofyourworks./You
raise grass for the cattle,/ and
vegetationfor man'suse,/ Producingbreadfrom the earth.(R)
5. Howmanifoldareyourworks,
O Lono! In wisdornyou have
wrought them all-/the earth is
full of your creatures./Blessthe
lnno, O my soul!(R)
Prayer (StanL
P -Letus pray.(Pause)
Almighty ever-livingGod,who
are wonderful in the ordering
of all your works, maYthose
you haveredeemedunderstand
that there exists nothing more
marvelousthan the world's
creationin the beginning excePt
tlat, atthe endof the 4ges,Christ
hasbeensacrificed.
ourPassover
Who lives and reigns for ever
and ever.
All - Amen.
Rc:+riing{ElGen22:12,9a 1G13,
15-18](S#)

God teststhefaith of Abraham.


God askshi,mto sacrificehis son
the belouedsonfor whom
Isaac,
ResponsorialPs;rtrmI (Ps104)
of his
he hadPrayed.Yetbecause
R - Lord, serrd out your faithfulnessto God,Abraham is
Spirit, and renew the face of readytogiaehim uP.
the earth,
A reading ftom the Book of
Genesis
E. C. Maffori (Ifdramatized,,
Abraham
N - Narrator,
;
G- God.)
G/B Am
N - God put Abraham to the
test.He calledto him:
Lord, send out, your Spi-rit,G -Abraham!
N-HereIam!
N - He answered.Then God
said:
- Take your son lsaac,your
and re-new the face of the earth. G
only one,whomyoulove,andgo
to the landof Moriah.ThereYou
1. Blessthe [.ono,O mY soul!/ shalloffer him up as a holocaust
O Lonn,my God,you are great
on a height that I will Point out
indeed!You are clothedwith to you.
majestyandglory,/ robedinlight N - When they came to the
aswith a cloak.(R)
placeof which Godhadtold him,
built an altar there and
Abraham
its
upon
the
earth
2. You fixed
foundation,/ not to be rnoved arfangedthewoodon it. Thenhe
f.orever;/with the ocean,.as reachedout andtook the knife to
with a garment,yciucovered,i\y' slaughterhis son.But the lnno's

messengercalledto him from []raver(Sfunfi


so turnedit into dry land.When
heaven:
the
water was thus divided,the
G -Abraham, Abraham!
P -ltuspray. (Pause)
Israelitesmarchedinto themidst
N-HereIam.
O G o d , s u p r e m eF a t h e r
of the seaon dry land,with the
G - Do notlayyourhandon the of the faithful, who increase
waterlike awall to their right and
!oy. Do not do the leastthing to the childrenof your promise to their left.
him. I know now how devo-ied by pouring out the grace of
The Egyptiansfollowed in
you are to God, sinceyou did adoptionthrough the whole
pursuil all Pharaoh'shorsesand
not withholdfrom me your own world and who t'hrough the
chariotsand charioteerswent
belovedson.
PaschalMystery make your
after them right into the midst
N
As Abrahamlookedabout, servant Abraham father of
of the sea.In the night watch
he spied a ram caught by its nations,as once you swore, just
before dawn the Lono cast
hornsin the thicket.Sohe went grant,we pray;thatyour peoples
through the columnof the fierv
and took the ram and offeredit may enter worthily into the
cloud uponthe Egyptianforcei
up as a holocaustin placeof his graceto which you call them.
glancethat threw it into a panic:
son.a{gainthe I-ono'smessenger
ThroughChristour Inrd.
and he so cloggedtheir chariot
calledto Abraharirfrom heaven AJI - Amen.
wheelsthat they could hardly
andsaid:
I li [Ex14:15-15:11 drive. With that the Egyptiani
G - I swearby myself,declares fi,.'adinpr.
soundedthe retreat before
the Lom, that becauseyou acted (sD
Israel, becausethe Lord was
asyoudidin notwithholdingfrom
fighting for them against the
me your belovedson,I wilLbless Israel, thepeopleof God,escape
you abundantlyand make your from a life ofslaueryin Egpt and Egyptians.
Then the Lom told Moses:
purswedbytheEgptians. God
descendants
as countlessai the are
G - Stretch out your hand
people
allows
his
go
to
through
the
starsof the sky andthe sandsof
the seashore;your descendants sea but drownsthe enemyin it. gver lhe sea,that the water may
Thissaluationbythewatersof the flow back upon the Egyptians,
shalltakepossession
of the gates
sea
recallstheuatersofbaftism by upon their chariotsand their
of their enemies,and in iour
from theslaaeryof charioteers.
descendants
all the nationsof whichwe pass
- So Mosesstretchedout
sin
into
a
life
ofgrace
andfreedom N
t|9 earth shallfind blessing-all
his
hand over the sea, and at
this becauseyou obeyedmy as childrenof God.
dawnthe seaflowedback to its
command.
A reading from the Book of normal depth. The Egyptians
-The word of the Inrd.
Exodus
were fleeing head on toward the
(Ifdramatized,,N
- Narrator;G
- God) sea,whenthe lnno hurled
AJI : Thanks be to God.
them
intoits midst.As thewaterflowed
j.ir'Frcirr;E:,rrj;i!
lnno
said
to
Moses:
.r,,;al.l,,'
i- (ps
..- 16) IU _ TS
Why are you crying out back,it coveredthe chariotsand,
the charioteersof Pharaoh's
! 1'Y'ou are my inheritance, to me?Tell the Israelites[o go whole army
which had followed
forward.
O Inrd.
And you, lift up your
the
Israelites
into the sea.Not a
staff
and,
with
hand
outstretched
"
E. C.Martori over the sea,split the sea in singleoneofthem escaped.
ButtheIsraeliteshadmarched
two; that the Israelitesmay pass
^urDm
throughit on dry land.But lwill on dry landthroughthe midst of
makethe Egyptiansso obstinate the sea,with the waterlike a *all
You are my in- he - ri - tance,O
that they will go in after them. to their right and to their left.
Then
I will receiveglory through Thus the Loru savedIsrael on
^ C
Pharaoh
and all his army, his that day from the power of the
fu
chariots and charioteers.The Egyptians.
ffi
\44renIsraelsawtheEgyptians
Lord.
Egyptiansshall know that I am
the Lonn,when I receiveglory lying deadon the seashor-e,and
1. O l,ono,my allotted portion throughPharaohandhis charioti beheldthe great powerthat the
andmy cup,/ you it is who hold andcharioteers.
Lonn had shown agairistthe
fast my lot,/ I set the Loru ever N - The angel of God, who Egyptians,they fearedthe l,ono
beforeme;/ with him at my right had beenleadingIsrael'scamp, and believedin him and in his
hand I shall not be disturbed. now moved and went around servantMoses.
(R)
ThenMosesandthe Israelites
behind them. The column of
sang
this song to the Lono:,,I
2. Thereforemy heartis gladand cloudalso,leavingthefronl took
up its placebehindthem.so that will sing to the Lord, for he is
ryy _soulrejoices,/my body,too, it came
betweenthe campof the gloriouslytriumphan!horseand
abidesin confidence;/because
you will not abandonmy soul Eglptiansandthat of Isriel. But chariothe hascastinto the sea."
to the netherworld,/ nor will the cloudnow becamedark.and -The word of the lnrd.
you suffer your faithful one to thusthenightpassedwithoutthe AJI - Thanks be to God.
rival campscomingany closer
undergocorruption.@)
togetherall night long.
ResponsorialPsalm itl (Ex 15)
3, You will show me the path
ThenMosesstretchedouthis
to life,/ fullnessof joys in yo,ur ',h4nd overthe sea,and the
Inm , R - Let up-sing to the Lord;
presence,/the delights at your sweptthe seawith
a sffong easr he has irivered himself in
right hand forever.(R)
wind throughoutthe night and glory.

E. C. Marfori THE ONE who has become 2. Sing praiseto the lnm, you
your husbandis your Maker; his faithfuI ones,/andgivethanks
0 C C/E_ F Dm
his nameis the Lonoof hosts; to his holy name./For his anger
-!-%
your redeemeris the Holy One lastsbut a moment;,/a lifetime,
3-+
Let us sing to the Lord; he has
of Israel, called God of all the his good will./ At nightfall,
earth.The Lonncallsyou back, weepingentersin,/ but with the
like a wife forsakenand grieved dawn,rejoicing.(R)
in spirit, a wife married in youth
3. Hear, O Lom, and havepity
andthen castoff, saysyour God.
co-vered.him - self in glo - ry.
on me;/ O [,ono,be my helper.
For a brief moment I aban1. I will sing to the lnm, for he d o n e d y o u , b u t w i t h g r e a t Youchangedmy mourninginto
is gloriouslytriumphant;/horse tendernessI will takeyou back.In dancing;/ O LoRo,my God,
giveyou thanks.(R)
and chariothe has castinto the anoutburstof wrath.for amoment foreverwill I
sea.My strengthandmy courage I hid my fica foomyou; but with Prayer (StanA
is the Lonn,/andhe hasbeenmy enduringlove I take pity on you,
savior./ He is my God, I praise saysthe Lom, your redeemer.
P - I,etus pray.(Pause)
him;/ the Godof my father,I extol
Almighty ever-livingGod,
This is for me like the days
him. (R)
of Noah,when I sworethat the surpass,for the honor of your
2, The l,om is a warrior,/ lnnn waters of Noah should never name,what you pledgedto the
is his name!/ Pharaoh'schariots againdelugethe earth;so I have Patriarchsby reasonof their taith,
and army he hurled into the swornnot to be angrywith you, and through sacredadoption
sea;/the eliteof his officerswere or to rebuke you. Though the increasethe children of your
mountainsleavetheir placeand promisesothatwhattheSaintsof
submergedin the RedSea.(R)
the hills be shaken,my loveshall old neverdoubtedwouldcometo
3. The flood waters covered neverleaveyou nor my covenant passyour Churchmaynowseein
them,/ they sankinto the depths of peacebe shaken,saysthe greatpartfulfilled.
like a stone./Yourright hand,O Lono,who hasmercyon you.
ThroughChristour Inrd.
Iono, magnifitentin power,,/your
O afflictedone,storm-battered All -Amen
righthand,O lnnn, hasshattered a n d u n c o n s o l e dI, l a y y o u r
(Si/)
the enemy.(R)
pavementsin carnelians,and IteadingV [Is 55:1-11]
your
foundations
in
sapphires;
4. You brought in the people
TkeLordinuiteshispeopleto corne
you redeemed/ and planted I will makeyour battlementsof to him that theyma! hauelife.
them.on the mountainof your rubies,yourgatesof carbuncles, Eternal life isgiuenthroughJesus'
inheritance-/ The placewhere and al1your walls of precious uictoryouerderith.
youmadeyourseat,O lnno,/ the stones.
All your children shall be Areadingfrom the Bookof the
sanctuary,O Lonn,which your
hands established./The Lono taughtby the Lonn,andgreatshall Prophet Isaiah
shall reign for ever and ever.(R) be the peaceofyour children.In THUS SAYSthe Lonn:All you
justice shall you be established,
Prayer(Stunil
far from the fear of oppression, who are thirsty, come to the
where destructioncannotcome waterlYou who haveno money,
come, receivegrairl and.eat;
P -lctus pray.(Pause)
nearyou.
withoutpayingandwithout
come,
O God,whoseancientwonders
cost, drink wine and milk! Why
remain undimmedin splendor - Thewordof the tnrd.
spendyour moneyfor whatis not
even in our day,for what you AII - Thanks be to God.
bread,your wagesfor what fails
oncebestowedona singlepeople,
ResponsoriaiPsalrnIV (Ps30),
to satisfu?
Heedme,andyoushall
freeing them from Pharaoh's
persecutionby the powerof your R - I will praise you, I-ord, eatwell, you shall delight in rich
fare.Cometo meheedfully,listen,
right hand,nowyou bring about for you have rescued me.
thatyoumayhavelife.I will renew
as the salvationof the nations
through the watersof rebirth,
E. C. Maffori with youthe everlastingcovenant,
grant, we pray, that the whole
the benefitsassuredto David,
As I madehim awitnessto the
world may becomechildrenof o c
c/E
F
peoples,a leaderandcommander
Abrahamand inherit the dignity f- f i
_-]--U----lf
of nations,soshallyousummona
of Israel'sbirthright.
I will praise you, Lord,
nationyou knewnot,andnations
Through Christour [nrd.
that knew you not shall run to
All - Amen.
you, becauseof the Loru, your
Reading IV [Is 54:5-14](Si/)
God,the Holy Oneof Israel,wtrb
glorifledyou.
has
for
have
res
cued
me.
vou
Godpraentshimselftothesuffering
Seek
the Lonnwhile he may
peopleas husband
but repentant
1. I will extol you, O Lonn,for be found, call him while he is
and redeemer.
Becauseof their you
drew me clear/ and did not near.I,et the scoundrelforsake
sins
themfor a
, Godhasabandoned
let
my
enemiesrejoiceoverme./ their way, and the wicked man
mornent.
But in hisgreatloue,God
O Lom, you broughtmeup from theirthoughts;lethimturnto the
takesthembackto himself.
the netherworld;/youpreserved Lom for mercy;to our God,who
Areadingfrom the"Bookof the me from among those going is generousin forgiving.For my
Prophet Isaiah
downinto the pit. (R)
thoughtsare not your thoughts,

.nor are your waysmy ways,says


the Lonn.As high asthe heavens
are abovethe earth, so high are
my waysaboveyour waysandmy
thoughtsaboveyour thoughts.
For just as from the heavens
the rain and snow come down
and do not return there till they
havewateredthe earth, making
it fertile andfruitful, giving seed
to the one who sowsand bread
to the onewho eats,so shallmy
word be that goesforth from my
mouth;my word sh4llnot return
to me void,but shall do my will,
achievingthe end for which I
sentit.
-The wordof the lbrd.
All - Thanks be to God.
Respvjnsoi';siFsalirt V (Is 12)
R - You will draw water
joyfully from the springs of
salvation.
E. C. Marfori

You will draw water_

joy -

gracedo the faithfulprogressin


anykind ofvirtue.
ThroughChristour l.ord.
All -Amen.

with him in the resurrection.


We know that our old self was
crucified with him, so that our
sinful body might be doneaway
with, that we might no longer
{l}g:rie
be in slaveryto sin. For a dead
(Thealtar candlesarelit. thecelebrant personhas beenabsolvedfrom
intonesthe "Gloria,' whichis takenab sin. If, then, we have died with
byall present.
Thechurchbelkareruig Christ, we believethat we shall
andall churchlightsarefut on.)
alsolive with him.
We know that Christ, raised
AII - Glory to God in the higlrest,
from
the dead,dies no more;
and on earth peace to people of
good will. We praise you, we deathno longer has powerover
bless you, we adore you, we him. As to his death,he died to
Slori& you, we give you thanks sin onceandfor all; asto his life,
for ylur great glo1y, Lord God, he lives for God.Consequently,
heavenly King, O God, almighty you too mustthink of yourselves
Father. Lord Jesus Christ, Only asbeingdeadto sinandlivingfor
Begotten Son, Lord God, r rmb
Godin ChristJesus.
of God, Son of the Father, you
-The
word of the Lord.
take away the sins of the world,
have mercy on us; you take away All - Thanks be to God.
the sins of the world, receive our
prayer; you are seated at the
right hand of the Father. have
mercy on us. For you alone are
the Holy One, you alone are the
Lord, you alone are the Most
High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy
Spirif, in the gflory of God the
Father. Amen.
Ctlill't:i

l?r:r*g,r*llsori;rl i r',:;til;t'l

lPs 1181(Stazd)
R - Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia.
(Tobesungwhen
possible.)
Priest:
M
@
Al-le-

lu -ia

Au:
P - It us pray. (Pause)
M
O
God,
who
make
this
most
from the spnngs
sacrednight radiant with the -" g : w
C
glory
^
G
/
B
lu -ia
of the lnrd's Resurrection, A l l e rt-._|+
s
stir up in your Church a spirit
1. Givethanksto the lnnn, for he
of adoption,so that, renewedin
ol sal - va - tion.
is good,/ for his mercy endures
body and mind, we may render
forever./Let the houseof Israel
1: God indeedis my savior;/I you undividedservice.
say,"Hismercyenduresforever."
am confidentand unafraid./Mv
Throughour l.ordJesusChrist, (R)
strengthaird my courageis thb your Son,who lives
and reigns
I-om,andhehasbeenmy savior./ with you in the unity
of the Holy 2. The right hand of the Lonn
joy
With
you will draw water,/ at 'Spirit,oneGod,for ever
andever. hasstruck with power;/ the right
the fountainof salvation.(R)
hand of the Lonn is exalted./
All -Amen.
I shall not die, but live,/ and
2. Give thanks to the Lono. F-pislle
[Rom6:3-11](Sir)
declaretheworksof the l,om. (R)
acclaimhis name;/ amongthe
nationsmakeknownhis deeds,/ Paul encourages
the Christians, 3. The stonewhich the builders
proclaimhowexalted
is his name. whowerebaptizedinto Christ,to rejected/hasbecomethe'corner(R)
die to theiroldsinfulselues
and to stone./By the Ilm hasthisbeen
done;/ it is wonderful in our
3. Singpraiseto the l.om for his riseto a newlife in him.
gloriousachievement;/
letthisbe A reading from the Irtter of eyes.(R)
knownthroughoutall the earth./ Paul to the Romans
',',,rMt28:1-10)
Shoutwith exaltation,O city of
BROTHERS
andsisters:
Zion, for great in your midst/ is
-The Lord be with you.
Are you unawarethat we who P
the HolyOneof Israel.(R)
-And with your spiriL
AII
were baptizedinto ChristJesus
were baptizedinto his death? P.- A readingfrom the holy
Praver (Stnnd)
Wewere indeedburied with him Gospelaccordingto Matthew
- Glory to you, O Inrd.
P -Letus pray.(Pause)
through baptisminto death,so All
Almighty ever-livingGod, that, just as Christ was raised AFTER THE SABBATH, as
solehope of the world,who bv from the deadby the glory of the first day of the week was
the preachingof your Prophets the Father,we too might live in dawning,Mary Magdaleneand
unveiledthe mysteriesof this newnessof life.
the other Mary cameto seethe
presentage,graciouslyincrease
For if we have grown into tomb.And,,behold,
there was a
the longing of your people,for unionwith him through a death great earfh(uake; for an angel
only at the prompting of your like his, we shall alsobe united of the Lor.ddescendedfrom

heaven,approached,
rolledback which Christ made holy in the in Christ Jesusour Lord, for
the stone,and sat upon it. His Jordan,you haverenewedour eternallife.
waslike lightrringand corruptednaturein the bath of All -Amen.
appearance
his clothingwaswhite as snow. regeneration.Therefore, may
(Theiriest sprinhles
the|eofle with
The guardswere shakenwith this water be for us a memorial
profession
offaith is
The
water
blessed
fearof him andbecamelike dead of the Baptismwe havereceived,
the
directs
and
the
omi.tted
Prayers
lriest
men.Then the angelsaidto the and grant that we may share
of
the
faithful.)
womenin reply,"Donotbeafraid! in the gladnessof our brothers
I knowthatyouareseekingJesus and sisters,who at Easterhave Praver of the F'aithful
the crucified.He is not here,for receivedtheir baptism.
ThroughChristour lnrd.
P - With joy at Christs rising
he has been raisedjust as he
from the dead,let us turn to
said.Comeand see the place All -Amen.
God our Father in prayer.With
wherehe lay.Thengo quicklyand
we pray:
tell his disciples,'He has been R*nrrtral*t' I*alrtismai 6)t:otldsq:s confldence,
arelit.)
raisedfrom the dead,and he is Candles
- Save us, Lord, througfr
goingbeforeyouto Galilee;there P - Dear brethren (brothers R
victory.
Christ's
you will seehim.'BeholdI have andsisters),throughthe Paschal
told you." Then they went away Mystery we have been buried C - Maythewholeworldrejoice
quicklyfrom the tomb,fearfulyet with Christ in Baptism,so that in Christ'svictory over sin and
overjoyed,and ran to announce wemaywalkwithhim in newness death, and may the Church
this to his disciples.And behold, of life. And so, now that our proclaimhope to the broken
Jesusmetthemon theirwayand lenten observance
is concluded, world through the Power of
greetedthem.They approached, let us renew the promisesof Christs resurrection.l,etus pray
embracedhis feet, and did him Holy Baptism,by which we once to the lord: (R)
homage.
ThenJesussaidto them, renouncedSatanand his works
- May all the baptizedwalk
"Do not be afraid. Go tell my and promisedto serve God in C
newnessof life by dytngto
in
the
brothers to go to Galilee,and the holy Catholic Church.And
living accordingto their
sin
and
therethey will seeme."
so I askyou:
dignityas sonsand daughtersof
- The Gospelof the lnrd.
P - Do you renouncesin. so God.Let us prayto the lnrd: (R)
AII - Praise to you, Lord as to live in the freedomof the
C - May our sufferingbrothers
Jesus Christ.
childrenof God?
and sistershave their sorrow
All - I do.
Ptr,,.i1,;:','(Sif)
turnedinto lastingjoy.letus pray
P - Do you renouncethe lure to the [nrd: (R)
of evil, so that sin may haveno
C - May farmersenjoya plentimasteryoveryou?
ful
harvest and fishermena
All - I do.
bountiful catch.May the Lord
;,.";'air:r
(Stand) P - Do you renounceSatan,the blessand prosperall the works
lllessiirg ,
authorandplince of sin?
of our hands.kt us pray to the
P - Dearbrothersand sistprs, AJI - I do.
lnrd: (R)
let us humbly beseechthe Inrd
you
God,
in
Do
lelieve
C - May our beloveddeadenter
our Godto blessthis waterhe has P
Creatorof the glory of heavenwhich the
created,which will be sprinkled the FatherAlmighty,
andearth?
risenl,ord hasopenedfor us.let
upon us as a memorialof our heaven
- I do.
All
us prayto the Lord: @)
Baptism. May he graciously
renew us, that we may remain P - Do you believe in Jesus P - God our Fathei, let our
faithful to the spirit whom we Christ,his only Son,our Lord, Eastercelebration
raiseusup and
havereceived.(Pause)
whowasbornof theVirgin Mary, renewour lives by the Spirit that
l,ord our God,in your mercy suffered deathand was buried, is within us.
be presentto your peoplewho rose againfrom the deadand is
Grant this through Christ
keep vigil on this most sacred seatedat the right hand of the
Jesus,your Son and our risen
night, and,for us who recallthe Father?
l.ord.
wondrouswork of our creation All - I do.
All - Amen.
and the still greater work of our
P - Do you believe.inthe
redemption,graciouslybless
Holy Spirit, the holy Catholic
this water. For .you created
Church, the communion of
water to make the fields fruitful
saints,the forgivenessof sins,
and to refresh and cleanseour
the resurrectionofthe body,and
bodies.You alsomadewaterthe
Prescntation of the Gifts
the life evedasting?
instrument of your mercy: for
- I do.
All
6tunA
through water you freed your
peoplefrom slaveryandquenched P :And mayalmightyGod,the P - Pray,brethren,..
their thirst in the deseft;through' Fatherof our l.ord JesusChrist, All - Maythe Inrd acceptthe
water the Prophetsproclaimed who has given us new birth by sacrifice atyour hands for the
the new covenantyou wefe to water and the Holy Spirit and praise and glory of his name'
enteruponwith the;hdqanrace; bestowedon us forgivenessof for our good, and the good of
and last of all, thrb'ughwater, our sins,keep us by his grace, all his holy Church.

Prayer over the Offerings


(Stand)
P -Accept, we ask,O l,ord, the
prayersof your peoplewith the
sacrificialofferings,that whathas
begun in the paschalmysteries
may, by the working of your
powr,bring us to the healingof
eternity.
ThroughChristour Lord.
All -Amen.
PrefaceI of Easter
P -The lnrd be with you.
All-And with your spirit.
P - Liftup your hearts.
All-We lift trem up to fire Inrd.
P - lt us give thanks to the
I-ord our God.
4I - It is riglrt and just.
P - It is huly right andjust, our
dutyandour salvation,at all times
to acclaimyou, O Lord; but on
this night aboveall to laud you
yet moregloriouslywhenChrist
our Passover
hasbeensacrificed.
For he is the true lamb who
has taken awaythe sins of the
world;by dyinghe hasdestroyed
our death,andby rising,restored
our life.
Therefore,overcomewith
paschaljoy, every land, every
peopleexultsin your praiseand
eventhe heavenlyPowers,with
the angelichosts,sing together
theunendinghyrnnofyourglory,
asthey acclaim:
AII - Holy, holy, holy Lord,
God ofhost heaven and earth
are full of your gflory.Hosanna
in the highest. Blessed is he
who comes in the name of the
Lord. Hosannb in the higfresl
(Kneel)
Acclamation(StunA
All - We proclaim your
Death, O Lord, and profess
your Resutrrection until vou
come Ag?in.

The I-.ord'sPrayer
All - Our Father...
P - Deliverus,Lord...
AIl - For the kingdom, the
power, and the glory are
yours, now and for ever.
Invitation to Peace

LAtr y CHURCH,.AND
MtSStON

Yearof theLaityCatechesis
Fr.JamesH. Kroeger,
MM

Cowfidewtlg
eroJessing
Owe's
Fnith
TheChurch's
liturgyfor HolySaturday,
the EasterVigil,is exceedinglyrich.One movingpart of the cer:emony
is the baptismof the
catechumens.
Preceding
the actualbaptismrite,thoseaboutto becomeChristians
areaskedto profess
theirfaith;they havecompleted
a lengthyinstruction
in the fundamentals
of the faith.
In celebration
of the 2014Yearof the Laity,the philippinebishops
askthe layfaithfulto truly knowtheirChristian
faith."Dearlayfaithful,
the greatest
challenge
for you isto knowthe contentof yourfaithand
to bearwitnessto yourfaithby a lifeof faith."
Thebishopsnotethat thereare"two maindeficiencies
of the faith
of our people:first,that the faith of manyis uninstructed
and,more
importantly,
that this,faithhasbeenseparated
from life.So manyof
our peopledo not evenknowthe fundamentals
of our faith...likethe
divinityof Christ,the Eucharist...."
Therenewalof our baptismal,vows
on HolySaturday
shouldelicit
a personalcommitmentto deepenour knowledgeof the faith we
possess
and profess.

Invitation to Communion
lKnee[)

P - Beholdthe Iamb of God,


beholdhim who takesawaythe
sins of the *orld. Blessedare
thosecalledto the supperof the
lamb.
All - Lord, I am not worthy
that you should enter under
my roofl but only say the word
and my soul shall be healed.
CommunionAntiphon
(1 Cor5:7-8)
Christ our Passover has
been sacrificed; therefore let
us keep the feast with the
unleavened bread of purity
and truth, alleluia.
Prayer after Communion

6tunA
P -letus pray.(Pause)
Pour out on us, O Lord, the
Spirit of your love,and in your
kindnessmakethoseyou have
nourishedby this paschalSacrament onein mind andheart.
ThroughChristour Inrd.
All -Amen.

May almightyGod blessyou


throughtoday'sEasterSolemnity
and,in his compassion,
defend
you from everyassaultof sin.
All -Amen.
P -And mayhe,whorestoresyou
to eternallife in the Resurrection
of his OnlyBegotten,
endowyou
with the prize of immortality.
AII - Amen.
P - Now that the days of the
l.ord's Passionhave drawnto a
close,may you who celebrate
thegladnessofthe PaschalFeast
come with Christ's help, and
exulting in spirit, to those feasts
that arecelebratedin eternaljoy,
AJI - Arnen.
P - And may the blessingof
almighty God, the Father,and
the Son, (t) and the Holy Spirit,
come down on you and remain
with you for ever.
All -Amen.
Dismissal
P - Gofor.th,the Massis ended,
alleluia,alleluia.
All - Thanks be to God,
alleluia. alleluia.

P -The lnrd be with you.


All - And with your spirit.

Solemn Blessing
P - Peaceis Christ'sgift to us
tonight. let us sharethis gift and P - Bowyourheads
andprayfor
passit on to others.
God'sblessing.(Pause)

'){ap1ryf,astea!
- SAMBTIIIAYStaff