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Saturday, April 07, 2007

Holy Saturday

Perhaps my favorite service of the liturgical year is the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday. It is a powerful bridge from the grief of Good Friday to the joy of Easter. The service begins in darkness and gradually transforms into the brilliant light of the resurrection. There are so many things going on in the service that it's not possible for me to do it justice in a blog: the service of light, the readings, the baptisms, the Eucharist. It's all there.

And I must add that our pastor did an especially knock-out job with his sermon. I'm hoping he puts it up soon to our church website.

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1 comment:

katie said...

It has taken years of playing the Vigil service to be able to revel in it, and not be consumed with what's coming next.
The readings are just wonderful. And the atmosphere of near-dark is during the readings is beautiful.
It is a more sublime and restrained joy than Easter morning--evening joy as opposed to bright sunshine joy. It's like being among the first to learn a very profound secret.
I am grateful our pastor returned us to the Vigil several years ago.

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