The blessing of the fire is one of the Catholic traditions I keep wondering about. I’ve listened to the readings and attended it countless times, but I guess I just forget enough to be reminded the next year I encounter it.
According to the A to Z Guide of the Catholic Faith, the Blessing of Fire stems from an early Celtic practice and “has been adapted to the preliminary ritual in celebration of the resurrection of Christ.
At the beginning of the Easter vigil, on Holy Saturday before daybreak of Easter Sunday, a fire is lighted outside the church… The priest then instructs the congregation about the vigil, the Service of Light. He then blesses the fire, saying “Let us pray. Father, we share in the light of Your glory through Your Son, the light of the world. Make this new fire holy, and inflame us with new hope…”