Scenes from the Easter Vigil

A great big thank you to my friend Niranjan Fernando who took these gorgeous shots of the Easter Vigil! It includes a shot of the chanting of the Exultet, and the blessing of the water used for baptism. (Click on pictures to enlarge.) [Read more...]

My Holy Saturday

A drizzly, miserable spring morning here in New York.  Sloshed through puddles to the church for 9:30 coffee and bagels with the RCIA crew, followed by rehearsal for the Easter Vigil.  I got to meet The Candle and try it out for size. It’s big.  Really really big. One of the priests walked everyone through [Read More...]

Homily for April 23, 2011: Easter Vigil

Several years ago, the PBS series “American Masters” decided to profile a true American master, Don Hewitt, the creator and executive producer of 60 MINUTES.   And the reporter asked him, what is the secret of the show’s success?  How has it endured for four decades as one of the top rated shows in America? And [Read More...]

A long day's journey into the Easter Vigil

What can you do for the Easter Vigil in a place where it doesn’t get dark until 10:30 at night? From The Catholic Anchor, in Alaska: In an ancient Christian custom, the Catholic Church begins the celebration of Easter in the dark of night before – on Holy Saturday. But in a land famous for [Read More...]

The buzz on the new "Exultet": here come the bees!

With Easter rapidly approaching, deacons everywhere will be clearing their throats and getting ready to give voice to the great hymn of the Paschal Proclamation — also known as “The Exultet,” a seven-minute a capaella chant that fittingly, as the lyric proclaims, “humbles earthly pride.”    It is the Mother of All Chants, an epic [Read More...]


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