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Easter Vigil at New Melleray Abbey

Waiting for the Vigil to begin.

All of the sisters went to New Melleray Abbey, our brother house for the Easter Vigil.  It was very special for both of our communities as we have never done this before.  The vigil began at 4:30 AM in the New Melleray Chapter Room with the lighting of the fire with flint rock.  Then the Paschal Candle was lit from the new fire and from that each person had a candle lit to carry in procession.  We processed into church and the Exultet was sung by Br. Paul Andrew and Sr. Kathleen.  The vigil readings were read and Mass celebrated by Dom Brendan Freeman, Abbot of New Melleray.

Br. Joseph starting the Easter fire with a flint rock.
Sr. Kathleen at New Melleray’s organ
Fr. Brendan reading the Gospel.
Br. Joseph reading.
Schola singing the Easter Alleluia.