Alleluia! The Easter Vigil

The Easter Vigil last night at St. Julie Billiart Parish in Tinley Park was exquisite! What a beautiful experience of celebrating the Resurrection of our Lord! Here are the catechumens and candidates gathered around the soon-to-be-lit fire.


The Easter fire is lit in the darkened narthex of the church.


The Deacon did a wonderful job of singing the Exsultet…the Easter Proclamation…in the darkened church lit now by the candles held by all the faithful.


The Scripture readings were proclaimed with a dramatic flare. Here, water is poured into the baptismal font as the “Come to the water” reading is proclaimed.


The water is blessed


The first of the catechumens enters the waters of the baptismal font




The Neophytes return in white baptismal garments


We all get wet, renewing our baptismal promises


At the reception following the Easter Vigil (which took just under 2 1/2 hours), the newly initiated receive homemade prayer shawls from fellow parisioners


Christ is Risen! He is truly Risen!

A Blessed Easter to all!!!

About Joe Paprocki 2139 Articles
Joe Paprocki, DMin, is National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press. He has more than 30 years of experience in ministry and has taught at many different levels. He is the author of numerous books, including the bestseller The Catechist’s Toolbox and Under the Influence of Jesus.

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