HOLY SATURDAY – EASTER EVE
SATURDAY 11TH APRIL
Cleaning and Preparation of the Church 10.30am
The church is made spic and span for the greatest night of the year. In preparing the Church, so to we prepare ourselves to keep the great feast of Easter.
This seemingly mundane activity is full of expectancy and excitement: come along and lend a hand.
Lighting of the Paschal Fire, Vigil & First Mass of Easter 9pm
‘Most blessed of all nights, chosen by God to see Christ rising from the dead!’
This most glorious of services begins outside in darkness with the lighting of a new fire, from which the Paschal (Easter) candle is lit— the symbol of the Resurrection—and brought into the empty church. A hymn of praise called the Exsultet is sung to the Resurrection, and a sequence of readings follows which takes us from Creation to Resurrection. The Easter Acclamation is proclaimed: ‘Christ is Risen!’, a merry noise is made, and the first Mass of Easter is celebrated. In addition the waters of the Font are blessed and our baptismal vows renewed.