The final Triduum presentation I do each year is a catechetical lesson on the Liturgy of Light, offered on Holy Saturday morning to all the children of the parish. First we read the greeting that the priest or bishop offers to all those assembled at the Easter Vigil:
Dear Friends in Christ, on this most holy night, when our Lord Jesus Christ passed from death to life, the Church invites her children throughout the world to come together in vigil and prayer. This is the Passover of the Lord: if we honor the memory of his death and resurrection by hearing his word and celebrating his mysteries, then we may be confident that we shall share his victory over death and live with him for ever in God.
Then we read the prayer for blessing the Paschal candle, using our simple model of the candle to meditate more deeply on the words. I invite the children to come forward to trace their thumbs on the candle and repeat the words of the prayer:
The beginning and the end…
All time belongs to him,
And all the ages,
To him be glory and power
through every age for ever. Amen.
Then we all sing: “Christ is Light, in him there is no darkness, come to him, and he will give you Light.”
Then we form a line and process through the church, stopping three times to sing, just as they will at the Easter Vigil:
Exult, all creation around God’s throne!
Jesus Christ, our King, is risen!
Sound the trumpet of salvation!
Together, we sing, “Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say rejoice…!”
Each child receives a candle, lit from the model Paschal candle. After each one has had a chance to savor the light for as long as he or she wants, I place it near the model Paschal candle.
On the day of your Baptism, the Good Shepherd gave you his light to keep forever.
After all the children have been called by name and each has received a candle, we spend time in silence, just enjoying the beauty of all those candles. Then we sing every light song we know. After singing, I read the final stanza of the Exsultet:
May the Morning Star which never sets find this flame still burning:
Christ, that Morning Star, who came back from the dead,
and shed his peaceful light on all mankind,
your Son who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.
We finish up by singing, “Bright Morning Star Arising” and then every Alleluia we know.
From a Catechesis of the Good Shepherd presentation developed by Sofia Cavalletti and her collaborators at her catechetical center in Rome.