Church of the Resurrection

Event Detail

Saturday
April 15

The Great Vigil of Easter

Service of Light 7:30pm, Service of Lessons 8pm–6am, Easter Acclamation 6am

This service follows the practice of the ancient church, beginning at sunset and waiting for the appearance of the light of Christ.

Each hour of the night, we hear a Scripture reading, pray, sing, and contemplate as we are led by ten different worship leaders and preachers. In addition to teachings written for each reading, every worship leader has written an original song in response.

7:30: The Service of Light (The Exsultet)

8pm: The Story of Creation


9pm: The Fall in the Garden

10pm: The Flood

11pm: Abraham's Sacrifice of Isaac


12am: Israel's Deliverance at the Red Sea

1am: God's Presence in a Renewed Israel


2am: Salvation Offered Freely to All


3am: A New Heart and a New Spirit


4am: The Valley of Dry Bones

5am: The Gathering of God's People


The service culminates in the Easter Sunday Sunrise Service at 6am.