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The Light of Christ
Easter Vigil procession begins with the acclamation “The light of Christ”, and that light from the Easter candle spreads throughout the whole church, lighting many other candles and making one light illuminate a whole community.
Since Jesus is risen, His light comes now from the hereafter. Faith is thus a light that comes from the future carrying a double gift.
The first is the hope of eternal life. Many parishioners left us in the last few weeks. The light of the Easter candle shining during the funeral liturgy reminds us that our death is a sharing in Jesus’ paschal mystery. Today we remember them with gratitude and are called to follow their example of generous service and devotion.
The second is communion. Being one with Jesus we became also one family, one community. The Holy Spirit performs this miracle of communion: “He tells us that behaving as Christians means no longer being shut into our own ‘I’ but rather being open to all things: it means inwardly welcoming the whole Church within ourselves or, even better, inwardly letting her receive us.” (Benedict XVI, Homily on Sunday, 27 May 2012)
“Since Christ has risen and draws us beyond death, faith is also a light coming from the future and opening before us vast horizons which guide us beyond our isolated selves towards the breadth of communion” (LF 4).
RECTORY OFFICE HOURS – Offices will be closing on Holy Thursday at 12:00pm and will remain closed on Good Friday all day.