IN PHOTOS: Easter Vigil 2021, the victory of light over darkness

The lighting of the Paschal candle, symbolizing the victory of light over darkness, begins the annual ritual called the Easter Vigil in Catholic parishes worldwide.

The Easter Vigil, usually two hours long, is the longest and also most special liturgy in the Catholic Church each year.

At the Manila Cathedral, Bishop Broderick Pabillo led the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday, April 3, while Metro Manila and 4 nearby provinces remain under lockdown due to COVID-19.

While the Easter Vigil is held in many churches at 7 or 8 pm, the Manila Cathedral held its Easter Vigil Mass at 3 pm on Saturday due to the existing curfew in Manila.

“Let us allow the energy of the Resurrection to move us all,” Pabillo said in his Easter Vigil homily. “Let us move because Jesus, our Lord, is alive.”

Check out the following images from Easter Vigil this year:

The cavernous Manila Cathedral is almost empty.

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Bishop Broderick Pabillo, DD, apostolic administrator of the Archdiocese of Manila, lights the Paschal candle.

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Bishop Broderick Pabillo, DD, apostolic administrator of the Archdiocese of Manila, blesses the handful who were allowed inside the Manila Cathedral.

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