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.

The Priest (this year, Mike Harrison, Director of Mission and Ministry in our Diocese) blesses the Easter Candle, which is lit and brought into the darkened church. The Deacon 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 12th, 2012 at 11.25am and is filed under Events.

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