Igniting The Flame

What happens to the prayers we place in the prayer basket located in our St. James Chapel?

The prayers in the prayer basket remain in the chapel, in the presence of the Lord, for an entire year. On Holy Saturday, all of the prayers are collected and used to start the fire at the beginning of the Easter Vigil Mass. As the smoke rises, the prayers are lifted toward Heaven. From these flames, we light the Easter candle, and upon entering the darkened church, the Easter candle lights our own individual candles—soon the church is illumined with Christ’s light. This is a beautiful and sacred tradition.