The Great Vigil, a watch for the risen Lord, is the first service of Easter Day and is celebrated at a convenient time between sunset on Holy Saturday and sunrise on Easter Morning. The service usually consists of four parts: The Service of Light; The Service of Lessons; Christian Initiation, or the Renewal of Baptismal Vows; The Holy Eucharist with the administration of Easter Communion.
Our Vigil will begin after sundown on Saturday Evening with the lighting of the New Fire outside. From that we light the Paschal (Passover) Candle and follow this light of Christ into the darkened church. Here we listen to several readings from Salvation history as we reflect on God’s creation of a people in the Exodus, up to the promise of restoration from Zephaniah. To commemorate our new life in Christ we will participate in a baptism and the renewal of our own baptismal vows, after which the lights come on in the church to signify the New Life that God has given us through Jesus Christ. We celebrate the Eucharist where the first “Alleluias” of the season are said.