The Great Vigil of Easter with Holy Baptism

posted Mar 29, 2013, 7:54 AM by Parish Administrator   [ updated Apr 4, 2013, 10:26 AM ]
6:30 p.m. Saturday evening.   This is the first service of Easter Day, taking place between sunset on Holy Saturday and sunrise on Easter Morning. 

  • It is a service of Light: The Paschal Candle or Christ Candle is lit from a fire and carried into the church, symbolizing the Light of the World that shines in the darkest corners of the world.
  • It is a service of Lessons:  Readings from the Holy Scriptures of Judaism and Christianity tell the sweeping story of God's loving care from the creation of the world until the coming of Christ.
  • It is a service of Initiation: Traditionally this is the service when new members of the church are baptized and brought into the community, as will be done this year at this service.
  • It is a service of Holy Eucharist: The Church gathers to remember the Last Supper when Jesus gave us the model of bread broken and wine poured in remembrance of God's love for us in Christ.

If you've never been to the Great Vigil, this is the year to experience the full liturgy of the breaking of the light of new life into the darkness of death and brokenness.  This is the Festival of the Resurrection played out in full.  Begin your celebration of Easter with us this way this year.