The blessing of the Easter Fire is a very old tradition and is the first action as we begin the celebration of the resurrection of Christ. You may remember a story about St. Patrick, that goes something like this. In Ireland, the pagan celebration of springs called for the King to light a new fire, from which all the other fires in Ireland would be lit. On the hill of Slane, St. Patrick defied the King and lit his own Christian Easter bonfire which could be seen for miles around. It was a sign that Patrick was not afraid, and that the light of Christ would soon spread to the whole island of Ireland. This year Catholic churches did not light or bless Easter fires and did not bring the flame from the fire into the darkened church at the Easter Vigil. But we do have a new Easter Candle. It is marked with a cross, the grains of incense, and the year 2020. The decoration is a Celtic cross, like the ones St. Margaret's uses on so many things.