Our mother was as surprised as I was to be able to figure out what was going on at times, even in the expected order during the liturgy, even though she had no more understanding of the languages than I did. You don't usually expect to be moved in that way by watching Youtubes but it was quite an amazing experience. The depth of connection to people we didn't even know existed, though that commonality was, perhaps, something of a mystical experience. And the sense of connection can go much farther and much deeper than that, in the present time and for all time.
The modern Catholic Easter Vigil liturgy, full of texts from the Jewish scriptures, is the deepest and most comprehensive liturgy of the entire year. Beginning with the lighting of a new fire and its spread on candles through the congregation, the recitation of the the Bible story of creation, the story of Abraham and Isaac, The call to Moses and the liberation of the children of Israel from slavery in Egypt, though the prophets and their radical vision of justice based on the equal status of all people to baptism - the baptism of new Christians is one of the most ancient of all Pascal practices - to the account of the Resurrection of Jesus, this year from the earliest and most plain spoken of the Gospels, Mark. I can't be there but I can read the texts and I can remember and think about what it means.
Easter Vigil is the first time since the beginning of Lent when the word "Alleluia" appears in the liturgy, chanted three times before the gospel is read. Maybe you have to have been raised in a Church with that tradition but it's one of the most deeply emotional experiences there are, one many during this liturgy. So, that's how I'll end. Alleluia.