The Delaware County parish’s members and guests welcomed three new members into the Catholic Church as a girl, a woman and a man were baptized during the Easter Vigil Mass, led by their pastor, Father James Lyons. It is the most sacred night on the Christian calendar because it commemorates Jesus Christ’s resurrection from the dead, giving new life to all believers. (Photos by Sarah Webb)

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Matt Rinaldi leads the congregation in song.

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lector chris maddox

Lector Chris Maddox proclaims a reading from Scripture.

 

 

lector steve bochanski

Lector Steve Bochanski proclaims a reading during Mass.

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The choir and musicians of St. Charles Parish lead the congregation in song.

 

Deacon John Farrell

Deacon John Farrell

 

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A parishioner holds a candle and follows the readings during the Service of Light in the first part of the Easter Vigil liturgy.

 

Alexis Devlin and her Godparent/sponsor Doreen Smyth

Alexis Devlin (left) and her baptismal sponsor Doreen Smyth.

Julianna Devlin and her Godparents/sponsor Kathleen Smyth

Julianna Devlin (center) prepares for baptism.

Fr James Lyons annoints the head of Jared Zangwill

Father James Lyons anoints the head of Jared Zangwill.

Newly baptized Jard Zangwill, Alexis Devlin and Julianna Devlin bring up the gifts

Newly baptized Jared Zangwill, Alexis Devlin and Julianna Devlin bring up the offertory gifts.

Mass starts in the courtyard with the lighting of the candle by Fr James Lyons (beside him is Fr Richard McGowan SJ from Boston College who is a son of the parish)

Mass starts in the courtyard of St. Charles Borromeo Church with the lighting of the paschal candle from the new Easter fire by Father James Lyons, pastor. Beside him is Jesuit Father Richard McGowan from Boston College, who is a son of the parish.

Fr James Lyons carves in the candle

Father Lyons inscribes the paschal candle according to the ancient rite for the liturgy.

The fire is lit in the courtyard of the church for the lighting of the candle (held by Deacon John Farrell) by Fr James Lyons

Deacon John Farrell holds the paschal candle as the people pray the prayer proclaimed by Father Lyons.

Fr James Lyons puts the pins in the candle

Father Lyons puts pins in the shape of the cross in the candle.

Deacon John Farrell holds the candle as Fr. James Lyons lights it at dusk in the courtyard beside the church

Deacon Farrell holds the candle as Father James Lyons lights it at dusk in the courtyard beside the church.

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Parishioners process into church solemnly with the newly lighted paschal candle, symbolizing the light of Christ conquering darkness, and death itself, by his resurrection from the dead.

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Parishioners light their candles from the flame of the paschal candle as it is brought into the church.

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Fr James Lyons homily

Father Lyons preaches the homily.

Fr James Lyons baptizes Julianna Devlin with her godparent/sponsor Kathleen Smyth by her side

Father Lyons baptizes Julianna Devlin with her sponsor Kathleen Smyth by her side.

Fr James Lyons baptizes Alexis Devlin with her godparent/sponsor  Doreen Smyth by her side

Father Lyons baptizes Alexis Devlin with her sponsor Doreen Smyth by her side.

Fr James Lyons baptizes Jared Zangwill

Father Lyons baptizes Jared Zangwill.

Fr James Lyons sprinkles the people after they renew their baptismal vows

Father Lyons sprinkles the people with holy water after the renewal of the baptismal promises.

Deacon John Farrell sprinkles the people after they renew their baptismal vows

Deacon John Farrell sprinkles the congregation.

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Deacon John Farrell Fr James Lyons