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The Easter Vigil

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Easter Vigil, also called the Paschal Vigil or the Great Vigil of Easter, is a service held in historic churches as the first official celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus. Because the new liturgical day begins at sunset, the vigil begins between sunset on Holy Saturday and sunrise on Easter Sunday outside, where an Easterfire is kindled and the Paschal candle is blessed and then lit. This Paschal candle will be used throughout the season of Easter, remaining in the sanctuary of the church, and throughout the coming year at baptisms and funerals, reminding all that Christ is "light and life." Once the candle has been lit, there follows the ancient and dramatic rite of the Lucernarium, in which the candle is carried by the priest or deacon through the nave of the church, itself in complete darkness, stopping three times to chant the acclamation, "the Light of Christ", to which the people respond, "Thanks be to God." As the candle proceeds, more candles will be lit. As this symbolic "Light of Christ" spreads throughout those gathered, the darkness is decreased. From there, we will partake of the Paschal Eucharist together, celebrating the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, which is the hope of our own resurrection. Then, we will keep the feast with great food and drink. Make your best dishes, bring your favorite alcohol, and if you smoke, bring only the best! If you need directions to the Brighams’, see Nate or Anna. Remember, there will be no 10 am Eucharist on Sunday morning.

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Baptism of Frank Brendan Telling