The Easter Vigil begins begins with a service of light — the lighting of fire and the paschal candle — which recalls that by his death and resurrection Christ banished the darkness of sin; the Liturgy of the Word, in which the history of God’s salvation is proclaimed; the Liturgy of Baptism, in which new members are incorporated into Christ and the Church; and the Liturgy of the Eucharist, in which the Church remembers the death and resurrection of the Lord until he comes again. Scott Kingsley entered the Church during the Easter Vigil at St. Ann’s Church in Manlius 10 years ago. Reflecting on his journey a decade later, Kingsley told the Sun that “learning about the church and completing the sacraments as an adult was very special. I initially said I was going to do it so I could better talk about our faith with my family, but it turned out to be a personal development opportunity for me that I had not fully appreciated.”
During the day, parishioners of the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Syracuse gathered for the traditional blessing of baskets of Easter food.