Old Mission
Founded 1804
Capuchin Franciscan
Santa Inés
Solvang, California
Sacred Heart Sisters
Mission Santa Inés

Holy Saturday - Easter Vigil - Sabado de Gloria

The entire celebration of the Easter Vigil takes place at night and begins after nightfall and must be concluded before daybreak on Sunday. Thi Vigil has four parts. A Service of Light where the paschal candle is lit by an outdoor fire and carried into a dark, empty church as the people process behind and enter the church after the light enters. The procession is followed by the Easter Proclamation. Through the Liturgy of the Word from Genesis, Exodus and the prophets, the Church meditates on all the wonderful things God has done for his people from the beginning. The Gospel reading is about the discovery that Jesus is not in his tomb, he has risen from the dead!  The third part is a Celebration of Baptism when candidates for Baptism are baptized and the attendees remember and renew their baptismal promises. A Celebration of Reception for new members is next. The fourth part of this mass is the Liturgy of the Eucharist where newly baptised and received candidates partake of the Eucharist for the first time with the congregation.

See below for a video of Holy Saturday Easter Vigil events.