Q&A: Why does the RCIA say that Easter Vigil is when we should baptize?

3 thoughts on “Q&A: Why does the RCIA say that Easter Vigil is when we should baptize?”

  1. Melinda Gail Wells

    As a convert, I was intiated into the Church at the Easter Vigil. It was glorious and I felt was very in line with my new journey into His glorious Catholic Church. In America, waiting for something is not a popular concept but in becoming a Catholic, I think the addage, “Good things come to those who wait,” is very appropriate. I makes even more clear the sacredness and holiness of not only our Church but also the process. The Catholic Church is a Church built on tradition and traditions take time to develop. I would be very hesitant to deprive those in RCIA the opportunity to experience their conversion at the Holy Easter Vigil. It puts an extra stamp of special emphasis on their experience in coming into our glorious Catholic Church.

  2. My clearest memory of baptisms at the Easter Vigil was the first time I was present at the Easter Vigil. It was April 10, 2004 and that was the evening when I was received into the Roman Catholic Church. I had been a committed Christian all my life but God led me to the RCC when I was a very mature adult. I remember the sights, the sounds and the smells of that evening so very well. I was overwhelmed by the involvement of our total beings in that amazing liturgy! Our parish hosts a large reception for the newly baptized and confirmed after the Easter Vigil and hundreds of people came and shook our hands and welcomed us as we stood in a receiving line. After things quieted down a little, I went back into the church and spoke to our Lord as I wept; “This is my church1” and I knew that was where I belonged. I was amazed and in awe and I remain so very grateful to this day!

  3. Elaine Ouellette

    I was 9 or 10 years old when the Easter Vigil was restored in the Church. It began at midnight and went on through the night. I remember going with my dad every year for this beautiful event, As Lent began each year I looked forward to being able to attend the Easter Vigil. One of my fondest memories was when we were walking out of church one year after the Vigil I said to my dad ” Wouldn’t it be nice if they did a baptism at the Vigil!” Voila!!! Still my favorite time of the year and I began ministering in the RCIA as soon as it became experiencial around 1973.

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