ALBANY, N.Y. -- The
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception filled up Saturday night in Albany, as
the Easter vigil began. Christians from throughout the Capital Region
came to celebrate their holiest holiday.
The Mass started with a darkened Cathedral and the lighting of the traditional
6-foot Easter candle. The candle is used to light smaller candles, during
a number of Bible readings, until the entire Cathedral is filled with what
Christians say is a representation of "The Light of the
"As Catholics, we wait for this all year, wait certainly all through lent.
So it'll be joyful, and the church will be decorated, and it's a wonderful
experience," said Kathy Peer of Styvusant.
"This is what
Christianity is all about. If Christ didn't die and be resurrected, it's
the meaning of all Easter," said John Travis, an usher for the Cathedral.
The Mass was led by Albany Bishop Howard J. Hubbard. This is his last
Easter as Bishop since he expects to retire in the fall.
Hubbard told the NEWS
CENTER he looks forward to more of the same post-retirement, "Easter is a
source of great joy and hope, and I know that notated what I do I will still be
a priest and a bishop and I will be able to participate in these sacred
mysteries in the future and that's a source of great consolation."
The Easter Mass celebrates the highpoint of the Christian year. Bishop
Hubbard delivered a homily, and the entire congregation participated in
baptisms and confirmations.
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