The Great Vigil of Easter is perhaps the most theologically important service of the Church Year. In it the new fire of God is struck, the Paschal Candle is lit, light drives out the darkness, and shows forth the victory won on Good Friday. The saving acts of God in history are recounted in the Exsultet and in Scripture; new Christians are made through the Sacrament of Holy Baptism; and with the end of the Lenten observance, the first mass of the joyful season of Easter is celebrated. During the Vigil, we first hear the announcement of the Resurrection: “Alleluia. Christ is risen!” Throughout Eastertide, the Paschal Candle burns as a sign of the presence of the resurrected Christ.