The Feast of Feasts

Apr 17, 2018

I love the Easter Vigil. I know it is longer than the typical Mass, but is there really   anything more important that we could be doing on the eve of Easter?

When I think of this night I often think of ancient Jerusalem and soldiers atop the city walls looking out in the distance for any “unfriendlies” who might be coming. In other words, they are keeping vigil.

Dictionary.com defines “vigil” as follows: “wakefulness maintained for any reason during the normal hours for sleeping.”

Once each year the Church encourages us to keep such a vigil. In some of the Eastern Rite Catholic Churches they actually keep vigil from sunset to sunrise. They pray and sing then take breaks for a snack or a nap, but they don’t leave the church building.

We are obviously not waiting for Christ to rise. We are waiting for him to return.

The Scriptures say we should look east to see the first signs of the Lord’s return. That is why traditionally churches are built so those in prayer face East. Anyone in the center section of our church is doing just that, looking east.

As far as I am concerned, I would be happy if the Lord does return during this night. It would be the last and most glorious Easter ever.

“But, Father, are you ready?” My answer can never be certain, but I can say that I hope and believe that I am.

Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again.

 

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