From earliest times Christians have gathered through the night of Easter to recall the story of God’s saving work, from creation through to the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. However, the Easter Liturgy is not merely a presentation of God’s work. It is meant to be a real experience of new life for the worshipper, a passing from darkness to light which offers hope to all the faithful. It is therefore important that the preparation is prayerful and thorough.
The Easter Vigil marks the end of the emptiness of Holy Saturday, and leads into the celebration of Christ’s resurrection.
The singing of the Exsultet, the ancient hymn of triumph and rejoicing, links this night of our Christian redemption to the Passover night of Israel’s redemption out of Egypt.
Christian Baptism is a participation in the death and resurrection of Christ, a dying to sin in order to be reborn in him, and the EasterVigil was from early Christian times a preferred occasion for baptism. It is fittingly a time when those who are already Christians may repeat with renewed commitment the promises of their own baptism, and strengthen their sense of incorporation into the royal and priestly ministry of the whole people of God.
The Easter Gospel is proclaimed with all the joy and splendour that the church can find.
The First Easter Eucharist follows immediately. All the resources of the church – music, flowers, bells, colours – are used to celebrate Christ’s resurrection.The ‘Alleluia’, which has been silent throughout Lent, returns.
Join in our Easter Joy at 8pm and know that the Lord is Risen indeed – Alleluia!