Easter Vigil

Do join with us in the sacred and historic Priory that has celebrated the resurrection of Jesus Christ for over 800 years. The Easter Vigil, is the first official celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus. Outside the South Door of The Priory a fire is kindled and The Paschal Candle is lit.  It is carried by a deacon through the nave of The Priory that is in complete darkness, stopping three times to chant the acclamation ‘Light of Christ’. As the candle proceeds through the church, the small candles held by those present are gradually lit from the Paschal candle. As this symbolic “Light of Christ” spreads, darkness is decreased.

The deacon, priest, or a cantor chants the Exsultet (also called the “Easter Proclamation”), after which the people sit for the Liturgy of the Word.

It is a moving service and you would be most welcome to celebrate in this way.

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