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Saturday, 19 April 2003

Easter Vigil in the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre

In the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre, because of some historical reasons, the celebrations of pascal vigil takes place on Holy Saturday morning. The liturical rite as such is not different from other churches but, here in Jerusalem, the church announces the resurrection of Jesus in the very place where Jesus was buried and ressurected. On the Easter Day a solemn mass will be celebrated by the Patriarch on the altar before the tomb of Jesus.

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H.E. Kamal-Hanna Bathish, the auxiliary bishop, will preside at the liturgy.
Liturgy of the Light
Christ, light of the world.
Easter Proclamation: Exultet!

Rejoice, heavenly powers!
Sing choirs of angels!
Exult, all creation around Godís throne
Jesus Christ, our King is risen.

Liturgy of the Word

We meditate the redemption of Israel by God in the history of Israel and our salvation through the coming of the Son of God in the fullness of time.

Baptismal Liturgy
Let us ask God, the almighty Father to bless this font, that those reborn in it may be made one with his adopted children in Christ.
The Eucharist
Lord, accept the prayers and offerings of your people. With your help may this Easter mystery of our redemption bring to perfection the saving work you have begun in us.
For our pascal lamb, Christ has been sacrificed. Therefore, let us celebrate the festival with sincerity and truth. Alleluia (1Cor 5,6-8).
Concluding rite
Go in peace to love and serve the Lord, alleluia alleluia.
The burning candle is the symbol of Risen Christ.
Every Christian is called to live as children and bearer of light (Eph 5,8).

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The programme of the liturgical celebrations


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