|Deacon singing Exultet during the Paschal Vigil|
But, something wonderful, something indescribable, is on the horizon....and so, we wait.
Tonight is the most important service of public worship of the entire liturgical year in traditional churches.
Tonight, our Lord will rise again.
|Pascal Candel (Christ Candle)|
Chris Nyborg, click for license
At the vigil, the first "A" word will be heard, and the first Gloria sung, sing the beginning of the long Lenten period. The Christ, or Paschal, candle will be relit this night. It will be lit as the haunting ancient Exultet is sung. The Christ candle represents the light of Christ in the world, and his presence in our midst. It sits cold and flameless this day. We are alone and empty. But tonight, he lives again, and so will we.
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