Easter Vigil & Eucharistic Celebrations at Milagres Cathedral


Kallianpur : Easter Vigil also called Paschal Vigil celebrations held at Milagres Cathedral with large number of devotees. Udupi Diocese Bishop Most Rev Dr. Gerald Isaac Lobo was the main celebrant along with Very Rev Fr Stany B. Lobo, Rev Fr. Paul Prakash D'Souza, Rev Fr. Ivan Rodrigues, Rev Fr. Canute Barboza and Rev Fr. Agnelo D'souza.

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 Exsultet 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 Fr. Stany, Fr. Ivan and Fr. Paul Prakash 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 homily by Fr. Paul Prakash said that Resurrection of Jesus which is the foundation of the Christian faith.In resurrecting Jesus from the grave, God reminds us of His absolute sovereignty over life and death.Those who believe in Christ will not remain dead, but will be resurrected unto eternal life.

Rector of Cathedral Fr. Stany thanked all those involved in the celebrations of holy week. He also thanked Bishop, all the fellow priests and nuns for their unending sacrifices and help all through the Holy Week to conduct all services smoothly.  He wished all congregation Happy Easter.

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Bishop Gerald Isaac prior to the conclusion blessings also thanked the parishioners in the celebrations of the holy week. He wished all the devotees of Milagres who present during the celebrations as well as those who are in abroad or living in other places.

 

Richard D'souza

 

 


News published on: 2013-03-31