The Easter Vigil is an ancient Christian tradition celebrated on the Saturday before Easter Sunday. The service begins in darkness and then includes the reading of Old Testament stories of God’s salvation.
The gold boxes denote the lessons that will be read this year.
There are twelve Old Testament readings that have been selected especially for the Easter Vigil. These readings are known as the “Salvation History.” This year, churches from throughout the Upper Midwest Diocese will read and sing nine of the readings.
Consider reading the Vigil passages ahead of time with your children in an easy-to-understand translation (such as the New Living Translation). Encourage them to act out a scene or perhaps create artwork inspired by the passage.
Coloring pages of the vigil stories
Original painting by Resurrection artist Janice Skivington Wood of the angel appearing to the women at the empty tomb.
(Image copyright: Church of the Resurrection)
View our traditional Vigil service from our Explainer videos for Holy Week 2018.