Last Saturday, St. Ternan’s Episcopal Church held a Great Vigil of Easter, where all ages gathered to journey through God’s promises with dramatic readings, prayers and songs, culminating in the first Eucharist of Easter and the fulfilment of all those promises in the resurrection of Christ.
The “journey” began in the Church garden, where the New Fire of Easter was lit and the Paschal Candle lit from it. The candle was then processed into the hall, where the light was spread to hand-held tapers. Here the young people gave a wonderful dramatised reading of the creation story (the highlight of the evening), which was followed by more readings, prayers and songs. Then the “journey” continued into the darkened church, where the gathered renewed their baptism promises, were sprinkled with water from the baptism font, and then all the lights were lit, alleluias sung, and communion was celebrated with much joy.