38027Re: [liturgy-l] Easter Vigil as Popular Liturgy
- Apr 3, 2010I've actually fallen into something similar as a private practice. My church's Easter Vigil is about 3 1/2 hours. I like it, but it's a bit much. So I attend the first part only, and come back for the earliest morning Eucharist. Works for me. I've considered doing the first part myself at about 4am on a hill in a park, but I never have.
From: Douglas Cowling <cowling.douglas@...>
Subj: Re: [liturgy-l] Easter Vigil as Popular Liturgy
Date: Wed Mar 31, 2010 12:28 am
On 3/31/10 12:10 AM, "Lewis Whitaker" <lhwhitaker@...> wrote:
> Personally, I can't stand the vigil in the morning. The words of the exultet
> speak of "night," and I think that that is historically when it has been
> held. But for some reason, especially in this part of the world, people are
> tied to Easter Sunrise services.
The main problem with the Easter Vigil -- magnificent though the rite be --
is that the new liturgy has telescoped what once lasted from dusk to dawn. I
would say that dawn should be an intrinsic part of the rite -- it is in fact
the most striking visual image in the Resurrection narratives.
Alas, we don't live in 5th century Greek fishing villages and spend the
whole night in church. There is a real pastoral problem here as the vigil
will never wholly supplant the morning eucharist especially in small and
My parish decided to have one liturgy in two parts in an effort to reclaim
at least the shape of the all-night vigil. On Saturday night, we have the
Blessing of the Light, the readings, baptisms and conclude with the Easter
Greeting, Gospel and Gloria.
In the morning, we begin with the Greeting, Gloria and continue with the
eucharist. In a sense, we are beginning again where we left off at night.
That may provoke purist tsk-tsks, but it is a practical pastoral solution.
Director of Music
St. Philip's Church, Etobicoke
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