The Great Easter Vigil at Holy Trinity Church Commences at 7:45PM
dim. 21 avril à 02:00
As a reminder, if you are coming to the Great Easter Vigil, be sure to arrive at 7:45PM to obtain your seating! The church will go completely dark promptly at 8PM. What to expect: the Easter Vigil consists of four parts: The Service of Light
The Liturgy of the Word
Christian Initiation and the Renewal of Baptismal Vows
Eucharist The Service of Light The vigil begins between sunset on Holy Saturday and sunrise on Easter Sunday outside the church, where an Easter fire is kindled and the Paschal candle is blessed and then lit. This Paschal candle will be used throughout the season of Easter, remaining in the sanctuary of the church or near the lectern, and throughout the coming year at baptisms and funerals, reminding all that Christ is "light and life". Once the candle has been lit, it is carried by a deacon through the nave of the church, itself in complete darkness, stopping three times to chant the acclamation 'Light of Christ' (Lumen Christi), to which the assembly responds 'Thanks be to God' or 'Deo Gratias'. As the candle proceeds through the church, the small candles held by those present are gradually lit from the Paschal candle. As this symbolic "Light of Christ" spreads, darkness is decreased. The deacon, priest, or a cantor now chants the Exsultet (also called the "Easter Proclamation" or "Paschal Praeconium"), after which the people sit for the Liturgy of the Word. Once the paschal candle has been placed on its stand in the sanctuary, the lights in the church are switched on and the congregation extinguish their candles (although in some churches, the custom is to continue the liturgy by candlelight or without any lights until the Gloria). Please note the following: There will be a post Great Easter Vigil gathering at St James Gate on the corner of 81st and Columbus We customarily gather in front of the church and walk over together. Alternatively, if you will be coming on your own, we will gather around the bar in the front of the restaurant. Holy Trinity does have a bathroom in the choir/flower room on the Amsterdam (right side facing the altar). Use the aisle along the wall and the side entrance door will be open. Arrive at 7:45PM for seating prior to complete darkness and the procession which will begin near the entrance of the church.