Washington Cardinal Wilton Gregory celebrated a joyful Easter Vigil on April 3, 2021 at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle. During the vigil there, 16 people received the Sacraments of Initiation, becoming full members of the Catholic Church, including four people who were baptized and also received the sacraments of Confirmation and their First Eucharist as new Catholics. (CS photos/Andrew Biraj)
One year earlier during the coronavirus pandemic that restricted public gatherings, then-Archbishop Gregory had celebrated the vigil without a congregation. At the 2021 Easter Vigil, a congregation wearing masks and maintaining social distances was able to participate in the holiest day of the church year, celebrating the Resurrection of Jesus and the new life that Christ brings to the world.
At the Easter Vigil that he celebrated on April 3, 2021 at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle, Cardinal Gregory said, “We are enriched by our newest Catholics.” Those who were baptized and who received their First Communion and the sacrament of Confirmation at the cathedral that evening were among 830 people in parishes across the Archdiocese who became full members of the Catholic Church during the Easter Vigil.