Remember, 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.