The Great Vigil of Easter – the Rev. Susan E. Hill


The Rev. Susan E. Hill


The Great Vigil of Easter – March 30, 2013

Genesis 1:1-2:4a; Psalm 136:1-9, 23-26; Exodus 14:10-31; 15:20-21; Exodus 15:1-6, 11-13, 17-18; Ezekiel 36:24-28; Psalms 42 and 43; Zephaniah 3:14-20; Psalm 98:1-4, 6-9; Romans 6:3-11; Luke 24:1-12


Welcome to the Great Vigil of Easter! All of us here tonight, whether you know it or not, are participating in one of the most ancient rituals of Christianity. This service had fallen a bit by the wayside – and many of you may not particularly remember it growing up – but it was recovered in our 1979 Book of Common Prayer. It’s a good thing too, because as liturgical scholar Marion Hatchett has written, this ancient Vigil is “the keystone about which the rest of the church year is built.”