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What is Holy Saturday and the Easter Vigil?

It?s a time to remember how Mary silently waited in front of the tomb. Churches don?t celebrate Mass on this day and the altars are left empty.The most important moment of Holy Saturday is the Easter vigil that usually takes place at dusk. The liturgy reflects the resurrection of Jesus. Outside the church, a fire is ignited that a priest then blesses. With this torch, the paschal candle is lit. It?s a large candle which symbolizes the Risen Christ. With this flame, participants also light their own candles.During the Easter Vigil, new baptisms are performed, while others may renew their baptismal promises. ;