Saturday, April 20, 2019, 7:00 pm…
Easter Vigil occurs after sunset on Holy Saturday and is the first celebratory service of Easter. It is a service of light and often begins with the lighting of a new fire in the church. The Pascal, which was extinguished on Maundy Thursday at the end of the service, is relit. The focus of the readings is on Jesus’ resurrection and its meaning. At Grace Church we will have open baptism at the Easter Vigil to welcome new members into the family of God. It is also the first time that Holy Communion is returned to the service since Maundy Thursday.
This service brings together the two great sacraments of the Christian Church, Holy Baptism and Holy Eucharist. It is marked by increasing light, joy, the return of the “Gloria”, the addition of Alleluias to the service, and a profound sense of celebration. For the Church, there is the understanding that God has responded to death on Good Friday by raising Him from the dead! God’s promise of life is manifested in Jesus Christ’s Resurrection. The suffering and death of Jesus on Friday give way to His Resurrection.