Tonight many are celebrating holy Saturday, as we’re just hours away from Easter Sunday.
Archbishop Blase Cupich is marking his first Easter Vigil Mass here in Chicago.
This is one of the longest masses Catholics will attend throughout the entire year, running almost 3 hours.
Part of the service was held outdoors, when Archbishop Cupich blessed the Pascal Fire, and then lit the Easter candle.
The service then moved indoors, where parishioners shared the flame to light their own candles.
Tonight, 21 candidates were baptized into the Catholic faith at Holy Name and another 19 were confirmed.
Many were thinking about Chicago’s retired Archbishop Cardinal Francis George, as he spends his first full day home, after being discharged from Loyola hospital.
Cardinal George spent a week there, undergoing treatment for pain and dehydration.
His battle with cancer is now reduced to managing his pain—since he’s stopped treatment.
This will be his first Easter since retiring back in November.
Those in attendance tonight say his presence was missed during this week’s celebrations.