The Easter Vigil is the first service of Easter and begins on the evening of Holy Saturday. It begins with a symbolic expectant waiting for the resurrection of Jesus on Easter morning, and this is represented visually by a large Easter candle, which is lit from the fire and brought into a darkened church.

This depiction of new life and light represents Jesus’ resurrection on the first Easter morning. The congregation then light their own candles from the Easter candle, representing their own new life as followers of Jesus.

The service will contain a number of readings from the Bible, and also an opportunity for all the participants to renew the promises made at their baptism.

The Easter Vigil is generally a quiet and thoughtful service, but one full of joy.