PS 77: Easter Vigil

Jesus arms outstretchedRemember, you can check Paschale Solemnitatis on this site, among many on the internet. Let’s get to the Easter Vigil; this will take us through numbered section 96. Eleven more posts after today are planned.

77. According to a most ancient tradition, this night is “one of vigil for the Lord”, (Cf. Ex 12:42) and the Vigil celebrated during it, to commemorate that holy night when the Lord rose from the dead, is regarded as the “mother of all holy vigils”. (St Augustine, Sermo 219, PL 38, 1088) For in that night the Church keeps vigil, waiting for the resurrection of the Lord, and celebrates the sacraments of Christian initiation. (Ceremonial of Bishops, 332)

It is amazing to me that for so many centuries, we lost so much of the meaning of the Easter Vigil. Even good liturgical parishes–and I’d like to think I’ve been part of one or two–have yet to really tap into the best of this commemoration.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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2 Responses to PS 77: Easter Vigil

  1. Liam says:

    Some background for folks who might not be aware:

    Recall that, for centuries, Mass couldn’t be finished until after dawn, and couldn’t begin after midday (noon or, later, 20 minutes past noon). As a result, the Masses of the Triduum were all celebrated in the morning. And there was also the issue of how the timing of this was incorporated into the larger whole of the Divine Office and the rules for breaking the daily Lenten fast (at the offices of None vs Sext).

    The lacuna of time created by these developments was filled by the elaboration of Paschal Matins as the premier liturgy of the evening (which started after noon, that is) of Holy Saturday. And there are those to this day who lament the Pian reforms of the 1950s because they ended up reviving the Easter Vigil at the expense of Paschal Matins….

  2. Liam says:

    Unrelated news: consistory to approve the canonization, among others, of the parents of St Therese:

    http://www.vis.va/vissolr/index.php?vi=all&dl=58981403-a959-da23-0c2e-55816e492041&dl_t=text/xml&dl_a=y&ul=1&ev=1

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