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!!!