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Festival Holy Eucharist for Easter
April 21, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am CDT
The Easter Vigil is where we mark the Resurrection of our Lord as an event that no one saw but of which we experience the redeeming effects. Easter Sunday marks the moment the women first saw the Risen Christ and either told no one or told everyone (depending on which Gospel you read). Liturgically, it flows from, but does not seek to recapture, the Easter Vigil.
We will begin our liturgy by observing “An Order for Worship in the Morning” (which is an adaptation of “An Order for Worship in the Evening” found in the prayer book). This liturgy will be attached to the front of the celebration of Holy Eucharist. The Church will begin in darkness with only the Paschal Candle (which was blessed and lit the night before), the Sanctuary Lamp, and the chapel candles lit. The lights in the chapel connect this liturgy to the one that happened the night before, where we witnessed the Resurrection. The message is clear: we missed something big, but we experience the glow of it.
After reciting some prayers, we will share the light of Christ around the room while singing an a congregational hymn. After all the candles are lit, a final acclamation, taking from Saint John Chrysostom’s Easter Homily, is made by the priest and the congregation before the Easter Acclamation is given, the lights come up, and the Easter Canticle is sung.