The Great Vigil of Easter

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The Great Vigil of Easter begins at 8:00 PM on Saturday, March 26! This is clearly the most aesthetically dramatic liturgy in the Church year. It begins in darkness outside the building with the lighting of the new fire and the kindling of the Paschal Candle. The lessons that are the narrative of our entire salvation history will be told during the first part of the service, all of which happens in darkness-itself a dramatic setting.

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Midway through this service when the Eucharist begins, the Season of Lent officially concludes with the celebrant proclaiming in a loud shout “Alleluia! Christ is risen!” To which the people respond joyfully, “The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia.” At this point, the lights are illumined, bells ring out, and the joyous celebration of the Resurrection of Our Lord commences!!

A crucial piece of our celebration of the Resurrection of Our Lord will be the celebration of the Sacrament of Holy Baptism on this evening as well.

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