Easter Saturday Vigil
We gather outside our church where the Vicar lights the Paschal Candle from an open fire burning just outside, then pass this light from candle to candle until all are lit. We enter the church, which is in darkness except for our candlelight, and begin the celebration of the dawn of Easter Day and Resurrection.
Easter Vigil, also called the Paschal Vigil or the Great Vigil of Easter, is a service held in traditional Christian churches as the first official celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus. Historically, it is during this service that people are baptized and that adult catechumens are received into full communion with the Church. It is held in the hours of darkness between sunset on Holy Saturday and sunrise on Easter Day – most commonly in the evening of Holy Saturday or midnight – and is the first celebration of Easter, days traditionally being considered to begin at sunset.