The Great Vigil of Easter
Potluck Dinner: April 20 at 6 pm
Liturgy: April 20 at 8 pm
At 6 p.m. we gather to break the Lenten fast with a festive potluck dinner. Lent is over! The Good News of the Resurrection is about to break forth into our darkness. The Alleluia’s are about to return. At 8pm we gather in the parking area for the lighting of a New Fire and the Blessing and Lighting of the New Pascal (or Easter) Candle. The procession begins, the community gathers to hear the stories of God’s mighty and wondrous deeds from the Hebrew Scriptures. Stories of God’s activity in generations past are told as reminders of continual God’s faithfulness in our lives.
The Priest proclaims: “Alleluia, Christ is Risen” and the people respond, “The Lord is Risen Indeed, Alleluia”. The bells begin to ring. The sound of triumph is deafening. Alleluia’s abound! We remember the covenant we took at our baptism, joining our voices with those who are to become new Christians. The Eucharist returns, we are fed.