Pope Benedict prays inside the
Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem
In today’s rituals, we gather in the one building as the baptistery is in most places part of the church itself. We have the new fire and the paschal candle—a Roman custom that differed from the Jerusalem Rite. Then we have the vigil of readings followed by the baptism and confirmation of the catechumens as they did in Jerusalem. The rites conclude with the Eucharist as it did at Jerusalem. We can see the roots of the modern ceremony in the fifth century rituals described by Aegeria.