Easter Vigil April 12th, 2020

Easter Vigil is a worship held in many traditional Christian churches as the first official celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus. Historically it is common for new believers to be baptized and received into full communion with the Church during this particular service. Easter Vigil, sometimes referred to as the Sunrise Service in the Southeast US, is held in the hours of darkness between sunset on Holy Saturday and sunrise on Easter Day. In some branches of the church, Easter Vigil is held in the evening of Holy Saturday or midnight, and is the first celebration of Easter. This is because in the very early church, days traditionally were considered to begin at sunset.

Readings from the Old Testament

• Exodus 14:10-31; 15:20-21 •

• Isaiah 55:1-11 •

• Ezekiel 36:24-28 •

A Reading from the Psalms

• Psalm 114 •

A Reading from the Epistles

• Romans 6:3-11 •

A Reading from the Gospels

Matthew 28:1-11 •

A Prayer

Mighty God, in whom we know the power of redemption, you stand among us in the shadows of our time. As we move through every sorrow and trial of this life, uphold us with knowledge of the final morning when, in the glorious presence of your risen Son, we will share in his resurrection, redeemed and restored to the fullness of life and forever freed to be your people.

God of glory, in the Easter dawn you raised Jesus from death to life. As we are united with him in death, so unite us with him in resurrection, that we may walk in newness of life. Amen.