Church of the Resurrection in Wheaton, our sending church, celebrates the Saturday of Holy Week by following the ancient liturgy of Light, and presenting the story of God's saving deeds through art, music, dance and theater. Join the road trip and attend either the 1pm or the 5pm service! Here’s more about the service:
The Great Vigil of Easter is a church treasure, passed down to us from the first generations of Christians. The Vigil is considered the first service of Easter Day, during which the epic story of redemption unfolds in four different services: the Service of Light, the Service ofLessons, the Service of Baptism, and the Service of Eucharist. Here, we focus on the Services of Light and Lessons in the first part of our Easter Vigil.
The Service of Light The first service is the Service of Light in which the new Paschal candle is lit and carried into the church. This candle represents Christ himself: present at the dawn of creation and victor over death. During the Exsultet, the cantor conveys the meaning of the Vigil in three statements that begin with the phrase “This is the night.” On this night we celebrate passover from death to life, first of the Israelites at the Red Sea, then of us, the followers of Christ, through our baptism, and finally of Jesus himself, by his resurrection.
The Service of Lessons In the Service of Lessons, we look back on the full story of God’s creation of the world and then his unfolding plan to rescue and redeem the fallen world. We see the story of God’s saving deeds with full knowledge of the resurrection, just like the disciples on the road to Emmaus when Jesus “explained to them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself” (Luke 24:27). That is why traditionally all of the readings end in hope and the promise of salvation through Jesus.
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