Sunday, April 24, 2011

Pope Benedicts Easter Vigil Homily

Many don't know what a knowledgeable pontiff we have indeed. While we have good priest in at our parish, I wish they would take an example of Pope Benedict's skills and try to emulate them in context and message.

Saint Peter's Basilica
Holy Saturday, 23 April 2010

Dear Brothers and Sisters,
The liturgical celebration of the Easter Vigil makes use of two eloquent signs. First there is the fire that becomes light. As the procession makes its way through the church, shrouded in the darkness of the night, the light of the Paschal Candle becomes a wave of lights, and it speaks to us of Christ as the true morning star that never sets – the Risen Lord in whom light has conquered darkness. The second sign is water. On the one hand, it recalls the waters of the Red Sea, decline and death, the mystery of the Cross. But now it is presented to us as spring water, a life-giving element amid the dryness. Thus it becomes the image of the sacrament of baptism, through which we become sharers in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

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