Easter Vigil with Baptisms | St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church

Easter Vigil with Baptisms


Date Saturday, April 11, 2020 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

The liturgy intended as the first (and arguably, the primary) celebration of Easter is also known as the Great Vigil. The service begins in darkness and consists of four parts: The Service of Light (kindling of new fire, lighting the Paschal candle, the Exsultet); The Service of Lessons (readings from the Hebrew Scriptures interspersed with canticles, and prayers); Christian Initiation (Holy Baptism) or the Renewal of Baptismal Vows; and the Eucharist. Through this liturgy, the church recovers an ancient practice of keeping the Easter feast.
Elaborate and dramatic, this service utilizes all the senses as we recount salvation history and revel in the saving power of God’s great mercy. There will be incense at this service. You are also encouraged to bring bells of all kinds to ring out with joy at the Easter proclamation this night!

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