Easter Celebrations observed at Milagres Cathedral with Fraternity of large congregation
Udupi : Easter Vigil also called Paschal Vigil celebrations observed at Milagres Cathedral with large number of Congregation. Udupi Diocese Bishop His Lordship Most Rev Dr. Gerald Isaac Lobo was the main celebrant along with Very Rev Fr Stany B. Lobo, Rev Fr. Rolwin Joy Aranha, Rev Fr. Mahesh D’Souza, Rev Fr. Dennis Lobo and Rev Fr. Nelson Furtado.
Liturgy of the Easter started 7pm at near Cathedral main entrance when the newly lit fire as all the lights within the church were put off. With the blessing of the new fire, the Pascal Candle was lit and it was carried inside the church to the acclamation of “Christ our Light” (Lumen Christi) with the response from the congregation, ‘Thanks be to God’. As the candle proceeded through the church, all present lit their respective candles from the Paschal candle. As this symbolic "Light of Christ" spread throughout those gathered, the darkness was decreased.As the Paschal candle was placed on its stand in the sanctuary, the lights in the church are switched on.Bishop chanted the Exultant also called the "Easter Proclamation" or "Paschal Praeconium"), after which the people took their seats as the liturgy of the word began.
There were three main session of the Easter celebration. First part is lighting of Pascal Candle. The Paschal candle is a large, white candle used at liturgy in the Western Rites of Christianity (Roman Catholic, Anglican, Lutheran, etc.). A new Paschal candle is blessed and lit every year at Easter, and is used throughout the Paschal season which is during Easter and then throughout the year on special occasions, such as baptisms and funerals.
The flame of the Paschal candle symbolizes risen Christ as light of the world and his presence in the midst of his people. The Paschal candle is sometimes referred to as the "Easter candle" or the "Christ candle." The term "Paschal" comes from the word Pesach, which in Hebrew means Passover, and relates to the Paschal mystery of salvation. The tall white candle in many ways signifies the Divine pillar of cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night that lead the Israelites in their Exodus from slavery in Egypt.
The second part is Word of God wherein five readings were read from the bible beginning with Genesis i.e. Abrahams Faith in God wherein he almost sacrificed his son to obey God’s command but God prevents him at the last moment, pleases with Abraham and promises him prosperity and happiness. The remaining readings are from the book of Exodus, where God saves his people from slavery of Egyptian Pharaohs and lead them to Israel the promised land.
The third part is of renewal of Baptism vows and blessing of holy water when along with Bishop and other priests accompanied the celebrations.
The final part is of holy mass concelebrated by Bishop along with all priests and distribution of communion and final blessings.
During in his Pascal homily Bishop gave some of the instances relating to Jesus & the resurrection. The Angels’ justify to the resurrection. The resurrection of Christ is the greatest miracle which is non-negotiable doctrine of the Christian Faith. The Angels’, Apostles and several faithful of Jesus witnessed the resurrection of the Lord Jesus.
After the homily the water was blessed following the recitation of the Litany of All Saints by Waylon Machado Diocesan ICYM President. The Congregation once again lit the candles and renewed the Baptismal Vows following which Bishop and priest sprinkled the holy water on the huge congregation.
At the end of the Rector of the Cathedral Very Rev Fr. Stany B. Lobo placed the weekly announcements and gave gratitude words of thanksgiving for the successful conducting the Holy Week celebrations. He also extended greeting of Easter and invoked the blessings of Risen Christ on all the Parishioners’.
Bishop also at the end wished Happy Easter to all the parishioners on the occasion. He was happy to see the large number of congregation who participated during the three days celebrations of the Holy Week.
Easter Vigil was compered by Veera D’Silva. Large number of Parishioners gathered and wished one another on the occasion of Risen Christ, Easter.
News published on: 2015-04-05