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Easter Vigil

Saturday, April 3rd, 2021

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The Great Vigil of Easter – An outdoor worship service

April 3rd, 8:00PM – Outside in various locations around St. John’s

The Easter Vigil is a worship service traditionally held on the Saturday in Holy Week as the first official celebration of the Resurrection of our Lord. It’s also known as Holy Saturday, the day before Easter and is most commonly celebrated in the evening after sunset.  It has been many years since St. John’s has done an Easter Vigil worship service, as our sunrise service on Easter Sunday usually takes its place, but because the Easter Vigil often includes a bonfire, we were excited to offer this time to gather outdoors together as the people of God (weather permitting).  This Vigil (night before) of Easter gives us an opportunity to celebrate the Resurrection in a brand new way! As is traditional, the Easter Vigil always includes the lighting of a new fire outside, where people gather and then ascend into the church with the light of Christ lit from the fire.  As of yet, we cannot go inside as a large group, but we can remain outdoors at the fire to hear the stories of salvation and say our first alleluias.  Given we may have several families come, and to attend to social distancing, we will have five Fire Story Stations, where families will rotate from fire to fire to hear the Old Testament stories – lastly hearing the Easter story and the first Alleluia spoken at the end of the story station experience. The story stations begin at 8:00PM on the north lawn, just after sunset on April 3rd and end by 9:00PM.  The worship service will be staggered so that only so many are around any of the five fires at any given time.  Come and hear the stories of salvation and say your first alleluias, for Christ is risen indeed!