Area Catholics attend Easter Vigil at St. Michael’s Cathedral

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The area’s Catholic faithful flocked to St. Michael’s Cathedral in Springfield Saturday for an Easter Vigil.

It’s a very symbolic service that begins only after sundown. The service begins in darkness, before an Easter fire is blessed and a candle is lit. It’s a vigil celebration that dates back to the earliest Christians.

Mauricio Garcia Garzon of West Springfield told 22News “This night for example is probably the holiest night. It’s the most diverse. Your going to have people from all different masses.”

Christopher Connelly, a Monsignor at the church, said “Saturday is just a day of quiet prayer when the sacraments don’t happen until night time when everything comes alive with a service of light.”

Bishop Timothy McDonnell was at St. Michael’s Saturday night for the Easter Vigil.

Sunday at 10-AM, an Easter Sunday Mass will be broadcast on TV right here on 22News.

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