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.
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ORDER OF SERVICE
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
Gospel: Matthew 28:1-10
The Homily: St. John Chrysostom**
Prayers of the People, Form III p. 387
Happy Easter from the Rector and Clergy
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.