April 11: Easter Vigil Service

Updated: Apr 11, 2020

The Great Vigil of Easter is, quite simply, one of the most powerful services the Church offers. It beautifully recounts the grand sweep of salvation history that comes to its decisive turning point in Jesus’ resurrection.

This service will be livestreamed to our Facebook page at 7:30 pm on Saturday, April 11. You do NOT need a Facebook account to watch the video. FACEBOOK TUTORIAL >>

Resources for this service include:

The Book of Common Prayer Online >>

The Readings Appointed for the Easter Vigil >>

Musical Selections >>


The Lighting of the Paschal Candle

Let us pray.

Eternal God, who made this most holy night

to shine with the brightness of your one true light:

set us aflame with the fire of your love,

and bring us to the radiance of your heavenly glory;

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The celebrant lights the Easter Candle, saying

May the light of Christ, rising in glory,

banish all darkness from our hearts and minds.

The Paschal Candle is placed in its stand. P. 286

The Exsultet is sung

The Liturgy of the Word

Introduction p. 288

Deliverance at the Red Sea: Exodus 14:10-31; 15:20-21

Collect p. 289

The Valley of Dry Bones: Ezekiel 37:1-14

Collect p. 291

The Renewal of Baptismal Vows

Introduction p. 292

Reaffirmation, Creed, Baptismal Covenant p. 292-293

The Easter Acclamation and Ante-Communion

The candles at the Altar may now be lighted from the Paschal Candle.

Easter Acclamation and Gloria p. 294 (Musical setting Hymn No. S-280 >>)

Salutation and Collect of the Day p. 295

Epistle: Romans 6:3-11

Celtic Alleluia

Gospel: Matthew 28:1-10

Celtic Alleluia

The Homily: St. John Chrysostom**

Prayers of the People, Form III p. 387

Happy Easter from the Rector and Clergy

Final Hymn No. 207 – Jesus Christ is risen today >>

Sung Doxology

Lord’s Prayer p. 364 and Blessing

**St. John Chrysostom (circa 344-407 AD), 4thCentury bishop of Constantinople, was the greatest preacher of the ancient church and one of the greatest of all time. His surname means “Golden Mouth.” Probably no sermon he preached is as powerful and eloquent as his Easter sermon, delivered around the year 400. Many churches in the Eastern Orthodox and Catholic traditions recite it each year as part of Pascha, the Great Vigil of Easter.