Church of the Home for Saturday, April 16

The cross of Christ stands empty on this Holy Saturday.

In stillness, earth awaits the Resurrection while Christ goes down to wake the dead.

We patiently wait for the joy of the Resurrection.

Tonight we gather outside for the Easter Vigil. The darkness of night will be dispelled by a blazing fire, from which the Paschal Candle will be lit. The Paschal Candle is the symbol of the light of Christ that scatters the darkness of our hearts and minds.

Julianne Wallace from Busted Halo has created a guide for each day of the Triduum to help you walk and pray through the liturgies:

The Easter Vigil

The celebration of the Easter Vigil tells the whole story of our salvation — from creation to resurrection and beyond. Because of all the ritual moments, this service tends to be on the lengthy side (an average Easter Vigil will last at least 2-2 1/2 hours). But don’t let the length of the celebration detract you from participating. The Easter Vigil includes the lighting of the Easter Fire and Paschal Candle (the large candle that we will use throughout the year), the singing of the Exsultet (the Easter Proclamation), the expanded Liturgy of the Word that traces time through Salvation History (the story of our Salvation), the Liturgy of Initiation (where new people come into the Church), and the celebration of the Holy Eucharist. All these rituals come together for one purpose: to remember and recall the saving deeds of our God on our behalf. Here’s an explanation of two moments from the celebration.

The Singing of the Exsultet