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Easter Vigil, Photo by Mike Penney
April 11, 2009.  The Great Easter Vigil.  The Vigil begins outside, with the blessing of the new fire.  The fire symbolizes the light of Christ, rising in glory in the holy night of Easter. Photo © www.photobymike.com

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The Archbishop lights the Paschal candle from the newly-blessed fire.
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Easter Vigil, Photo by Mike Penney
Inside the Cathedral, the blessed light is spread to the entire assembly.
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Easter Vigil, Photo by Mike Penney
After the long vigil of readings, psalms, and prayers, the Cathedral is illuminated and the candles at the altar are lit. Photo © www.photobymike.com

Easter Vigil, Photo by Mike Penney
We have not sung the Alleluia for six long weeks.  Now, Father Ryan says, "Most Reverend Father, I bring you a message of great joy, the message of Alleluia." Photo © www.photobymike.com

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Easter Vigil, Photo by Mike Penney
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Easter Vigil, Photo by Mike Penney
After the homily, Father Ryan calls forward our fifteen candidates chosen for the Easter sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist.
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During the solemn chanting of the Litany of Saints, the Cathedral servers lead the ministers to the font for the Blessing of Water. Photo © www.photobymike.com

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Archbishop asks of the Elect the ancient Renunciation of Sin and Profession of Faith. Photo © www.photobymike.com

Easter Vigil, Photo by Mike Penney
Director of Religious Education Helen Oesterle (right) with Master of Ceremonies Celeste McDonell witness the profession of faith.  For the RCIA Team, who have worked with many of these candidates for as long as two years, this is a proud moment. Photo © www.photobymike.com

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One by one, the candidates are led down into the font.
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The sponsor introduces the candidate to the Archbishop.
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Easter Vigil, Photo by Mike Penney
"I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit."
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Easter Vigil, Photo by Mike Penney
Coming out of the font, the newly-baptized are, it has been said, living, breathing icons of the risen Christ. Photo © www.photobymike.com

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After the baptisms, the sponsors wait at the altar for the entrance of the newly baptized. Photo © www.photobymike.com

Easter Vigil, Photo by Mike Penney
Now clothed in white robes, the newly-baptized enter the Cathedral.  The baptismal garment is an outward sign that in baptism, they have become a new creation. Photo © www.photobymike.com

Easter Vigil, Photo by Mike Penney
The newly-baptized receive the sacrament of Confirmation, the gift of the Holy Spirit. Photo © www.photobymike.com

Easter Vigil, Photo by Mike Penney
The newly-confirmed now spread the light to the entire assembly. 
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Easter Vigil, Photo by Mike Penney
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Easter Vigil, Photo by Mike Penney
Now we renew our own baptismal promises, and are sprinkled with the baptismal water. Photo © www.photobymike.com

Easter Vigil, Photo by Mike Penney
Deacon David Olsen prays the General Intercessions. Photo © www.photobymike.com

Easter Vigil, Photo by Mike Penney
The Neophytes ("newly born") join the assembly around the table of the Lord for the first time. Photo © www.photobymike.com

Easter Vigil, Photo by Mike Penney
Congratulations to our fifteen neophytes! Photo © www.photobymike.com

 

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