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The Easter vigils — in both the Orthodox east and the Catholic west — begin in complete darkness, usually outside a church building. A fire is lit. From this blaze the priest ignites a taper and intones: “The Light of Christ!” With this taper is lit a neighbour’s candle. That neighbour passes it on to another. Little by little, a darkened church is irradiated by little patches of light, which eventually fill the whole building. Later in these ceremonies, all the lights go up, and the resurrection is proclaimed. The Lord is risen! He is risen indeed! Read More