The Easter Vigil is the primary service of celebration in the Eastern
Orthodox tradition, and it is becoming a favorite here at Grace,
especially when we bring two new Christians into the Resurrection
through Holy Baptism! Welcome to Eloise and Emily. The service begins
with the telling of salvation history and the service of Baptism,
followed by the Word and Table of Eucharist. The sermon is following
the text of John's Gospel and continuuing the themes of Lent and Holy
Week, especially linking to Maundy Thursday and Good Friday.
Christ is Risen!
At The Liturgy of the Word
At least two of the following Lessons are read, of which one is
always the Lesson from Exodus. After each Lesson, a
period of silence may be kept; and a suitable Collect, such as those on
pages 288-291 of the Prayer Book, may be said.
Almighty God, who for our redemption gave
your only- begotten Son to the death of the cross, and by his glorious
resurrection delivered us from the power of our enemy: Grant us so to
die daily to sin, that we may evermore live with him in the joy of his
resurrection; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and
reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. or
this O God, who made this most holy night to shine with the glory of
the Lord's resurrection: Stir up in your Church that Spirit of adoption
which is given to us in Baptism, that we, being renewed both in body and
mind, may worship you in sincerity and truth; through Jesus Christ our
Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.