The Liturgy of Holy Saturday is divided into four parts;
Fire and Light of Christ
A fire usually outside the church is brightly burning to remind us that Jesus is our light in the
darkness and the new Paschal Candle is blessed and lit from the flames of this fire. All
present lights a candle from the Paschal Candle and processes into the darkened church.
The Easter Proclamation (Exultet) is proclaimed.
reading of the Old Testament and New Testament
These readings call to mind the stories of creation and the working of God in the lives of
the Israelites. A minimum of three readings and a maximum of seven readings (see above
for the readings) will be used.
From the Old Testament Readings
we go to the singing of the Gloria and the ringing of the
bells. Then a New Testament letter is read.
After which the Alleluia
is joyfully sung for the first time since Lent began, to prepare us
for the reading of the Gospel. A homily follows.
Catechumens (those to be baptized) are initiated into the church with baptism and
confirmation. During communion, they will receive the Eucharist for the first time.
We give our prayerful support by praying the Litany of the Saints. We welcome our new
members into the church and parish community.
of the Eucharist
The Mass continues as usual with the Eucharist.
Alleluia ! Christ is Risen
The Easter Proclamation