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Friday, April 10, 2009

The Great Vigil of Easter

The Great Vigil of Easter is held on the Saturday evening before Easter morning, and it is the first service of Easter celebration after Lent. We enter into the holy mysteries of the story of salvation, surveying the long history of God with and for us. Good Friday leaves us in darkness with an unspeakable grief. At the Vigil, that darkness and grief is transformed.

We enter a dark church, stoke the new fire, sing praises, and light candles until the light of Christ's love breaks forth in a joyous Alleluia! The Vigil often includes the celebration of baptisms, and always is a time when we all reaffirm our baptismal promises and commitment. The first festival Eucharist of the great fifty days of the Easter season is celebrated at the Vigil.

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