Episode #10 (May 2, 2011): Easter Vigils – This Little Light of Mine

Today our intrepid hosts discuss the recent celebrations of the Easter Vigil – the biggest, best celebration of the Church year! We talk about a number of practical liturgical questions such as: When are the lights supposed to be turned on? How many readings do we hear? What are different ways for celebrating the renewal of our baptismal promises? How many treats does it take to make Fr. Darryl’s dog remain quiet for a full episode?

(Oops, I guess that last one is partially answered in the aptly-named Easter egg portion of the episode.)

What are your experiences? We would LOVE to hear from you!

Song of the Day: “Bless the Lord” from Godspell

Question of the Week: If you voted, did you? Or, rephrased, did you vote in the Canadian election on May 2nd?

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4 Responses to Episode #10 (May 2, 2011): Easter Vigils – This Little Light of Mine

  1. darryl says:

    Heh… I was listening to the final version of the episode (as I always do to make sure there aren’t any glaring audio glitches). It got to the Easter egg at the end, and my dog was beside me. She heard my voice giving her commands to sit and give me five… and did just what the recorded me said. How could I not give her a treat after that?!

  2. Travis says:

    Haha, thanks Jane. Um, yeah, so Christine is going to borrow it and then we will send it off to you. Sorry ๐Ÿ™

    I like your comments on the Easter Vigil. So basically your advice is don’t follow the ritual? Haha!

    Fr. Darryl, some parts of our beloved salvation history, though all necessary, are not always demanded during the liturgy. For example, if someone were to ask you to tell the story of your life, you would first make some considerations like thus: What parts of my life would be of interest to this person? How long does this person have to be attentive to me? Which of my stories would benefit this person in their life’s journey. After making these considerations you would choose a few key stories by which to regale said listener, and drop the rest as, though exciting for you, not so much for them. This is how I chose the 4 Old Testament readings for our Vigil which was 2 short hours long ๐Ÿ™‚

    Yes I voted! I was trying to find the voter turnout which is what i’m interested in, but it doesn’t seem to be up yet.

  3. darryl says:

    Thanks for the feedback, Fr. Travis. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I certainly don’t deny that in certain situations (such as where the presider has multiple vigils to celebrate) it may be advantageous to reduce the number of Old Testament readings. However, I would comment that a) bringing the Old Testament down to 7 readings is already presenting a subset of salvation history, and b) we should try to have *good* reasons for further reducing the number of readings (i.e. better than simply not wanting to stay in church for 15-20 minutes longer, assuming roughly 5-7 minutes per reading+psalm+prayer.) In a typical parish setting, the question that I think needs to be asked is whether a further reduction is worthwhile on the night that the missal describes as the “mother of all vigils”: the most sacred of all nights. Also, in my (relatively limited) experience, giving the people fair warning as to the length of the celebration seems like a decent compromise; people come into it knowing what to expect.

    Having said all that, I am definitely not the authority on these sorts of things and I thank you for your input! Actually, these having kinds of discussions is precisely why we wanted to start this podcast, and so I’m glad my somewhat half-asleep comments seemed to spark that!

    As for altering what’s in the missal for the practices of turning on the lights and the sprinkling rite and such, I do personally try to follow what’s written. However, I’ve also experienced parishes that have had long-standing traditions that are contrary to the sacramentary which are also quite beautiful. I wonder if the new edition of the missal will change any of these things? Is there anyone out there in the know who can share some details?

  4. Travis says:


    Its true. Few people seem to go to the vigil these days. These are the people that would probably want to listen to the full 7 readings. Plus, maybe if people were well informed about the length they would come. I agree with the parish traditions and keeping the beautiful ones!

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