This service dramatizes the full flavor of the first Easter, moving from darkness into dawn, from death into life. We light the new fire to dispel the darkness, and from that fire the Paschal (Easter) Candle is lighted and carried through the darkened Church to the altar. From it people light their individual candles, and darkness flees before the light, which is the Light of Christ, as the dawn breaks around us. The Old Testament readings recount God's mighty acts and promises; Holy Baptism may be celebrated; the congregation renews baptismal vows. Then the first Eucharist of Easter is celebrated, and we emerge from the Church, both literally and figuratively, into the sunlight of a brilliant Easter.
This service will replace the usual 7:30 am service on Easter Day only.