The Great Vigil of Easter is the most important service of public worship of the liturgical year. It is the first celebration of the Gloria during the fifty-day long celebration of Easter, marked by the first use, since the beginning of Lent, of the exclamatory "Alleluia," a distinctive feature of the Easter season.
We are reminded that Christ is the "light" in the darkness of life for Christians everywhere. The great hymn, the Exsultet, is sung, the sweeping story of salvation history is recounted, the Resurrection of Jesus is proclaimed with the ringing of bells. The congregation renews their baptismal vows and the Liturgy of the Eucharist continues as usual,. This is a moving and glorious service to begin our Easter celebration.
Childcare is provided for this service.