Church of the Resurrection

Event Detail

Thursday
July 18

The Great Vigil of Easter

Vigil: Service of Light and Lessons 1 & 5pm | Vigil: All-Night 8pm-6am | Vigil: Sunrise Service 6am

This service follows the practice of the ancient church, keeping vigil on the night before Christ’s resurrection. The Great Vigil is in three complete parts that build on each other: 1. Vigil: Light and Lessons 2. Vigil: All-Night and 3. Vigil: Sunrise Service. Read more about these services below. 

1pm or 5pm | Vigil: Light and Lessons 



Our journey begins in candlelight as the ancient Exsultet chant usheres us into the Old Testament story of Salvation History, presented through theater, dance, and music. Childcare for ages 0–5.

8pm–6am | Vigil: All-Night


The evening starts with a quiet choral service from 8pm-9pm in the Activity Center (see map below). Then we move into the Sanctuary and continue the Old Testament story of Salvation History as, each hour, we hear a Scripture reading, pray, sing, and contemplate as we are led by different worship leaders and preachers. In addition to teachings written for each reading, every worship leader has written an original song in response. For Children: All ages welcome. There is no childcare at this service.

All-Night Schedule:

8pm The Story of Creation (this portion of the service will be in the Activity Center) 

9pm The Fall

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: The Valley of Dry Bones

4am: The Gathering of God's People

5am: Extended Worship

6am | Vigil: Sunrise Service


The Vigil culminates with our sunrise celebration, which includes the Acclamation that Christ is Risen!, the Holy Noise, baptisms, and the first Eucharist of Easter. All ages welcome, no children’s ministry. 

The Great Vigil of Easter Explained (2019) from Church of the Resurrection on Vimeo.