Wednesday, April 19, 2017
DELIVER ME O LORD FROM EASTER VIGIL CONFUSION
There was a colossal controversy in my parish for the Easter Vigil, my first one here. I told the choir director and deacon that all the lights of the darkened church should be illuminated at the third "Lumen Christi".
But the custom here has been for these to remain off until the Gloria, necessitating a flash light for the deacon to chant the Exsultet not to mention the readers needed one too.
The other colossal controversy was when to the light the laity's candles after the Easter Candle had been lighted. I recommended that it be done outside as the people processed into the church, but others stated, no, they should be in the church and their candles lighted from the Easter Candle (which would have taken all night if each one did it individually).
I noticed at the London Oratory where John Nolan frequents that the lights were not turned on at the third Lumen Christi, but remained off for the Exsultet and the readings as documented in the photos above.
But our American Roman Missal's rubrics clearly state that the lights are to come on after the third "Lumen Christi" and no mention of them being turned off again "to symbolize as one deacon taught, that we are thrown into darkness again). The rubrics state only that the altar candles are lighted at the Gloria with the ringing of bells throughout the Gloria.
The rubrics also state that the laity's candles are lighted after they enter the Church, but this is logistically a nightmare, quite literally.
What did you experience at your Easter Vigil, the correct way or the London Oratory's wrong way?
I ask; you answer.