Saturday, April 16th
Easter Vigil with Holy Baptism at 7:30 p.m. in New Brick
As the church awaits the glory of the resurrection, Holy Saturday is a day of preparation. As the sun sets and brings us towards the end of the Lenten season, one of the most beautiful services of the entire church year is held. We begin in utter darkness, signifying Christ in the tomb, and then a new fire is lighted & blessed and, with it, the Paschal Candle symbolizing Christ. As the Paschal Candle is carried into the church, the light is passed to parishioners, each one holding a candle.
As the church is illumined by candlelight, the ancient hymn The Exsultet is sung. Within that light, lessons are read which remind us of God’s desire for man’s salvation. The Sacrament of Holy Baptism takes central focus for the priesthood of all believers, and then we celebrate the first Eucharist of Easter. The darkness then becomes full light!