The Easter Vigil begins with the blessing of fire.
The Church gathers after sunset, and ideally in the darkness, and before a blazing fire.
The first is blessed and then a flame taken from it to light the Easter Candle.
Let us pray.
O God, who through your Son
bestowed upon the faithful the fire of your glory,
sanctify + this new fire, we pray,
and grant that,
by these paschal celebrations,
we may be so inflamed with heavenly desires,
that with minds made pure
we may attain festivities of unending splendour.
Through Christ our Lord.
Again and again in the Church’s liturgy things are used to symbolise the action of God, and what we ourselves are called to.
In this case the fire celebrates the consuming love of God that darkness retreats from, and – as the prayer makes clear – it is hoped that the fire is…
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