Easter Eve – The Light that nothing could put out

Come to St Peter’s for one of the most dramatic and atmospheric services in the year.

We start outside the church, as a bonfire is lit in the gathering darkness.

Photo: The start of last year's service

The start of last year’s service

The Priest (this year, our friend Richard Atkinson, Archdeacon of Leicester) blesses the Easter Candle, which is lit and brought into the darkened church. The Deacon (this year another friend, the Revd Jordan Ling, curate at St Christopher’s Saffron Lane) proclaims “Christ our Light!” and then sings a very old hymn (the Exsultet) while servers take the light from the Easter candle and use it to light candles for the whole congregation, and round the whole church.

Then the people renew their baptism vows and, if there’s a candidate, we baptise them. The service ends in quiet prayer, as we go home to wait for the Easter Eucharist the next morning.

This entry is dated Thursday, January 14th, 2010 at 11.28am and is filed under Events.

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