Darkness turns into the New Fire and Paschal Candle, with bell-ringing, decoration, and joy at the Easter Vigil in St. John's Chapel.
March 26, 2002 GENEVA, N.Y.—St. John’s Chapel will offer The Great Vigil of Easter at 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 30, at St. John's Chapel on the Hobart and William Smith Colleges campus. The public is encouraged to attend.
The worship will begin in darkness as participants light the New Fire and Paschal Candle. Participants will read highlights of salvation history from the Hebrew Scriptures by candle light, singing Taize chants in between. Following the renewal of baptismal vows, celebrants throw on the lights, ring bells, play the organ loudly, and decorate the chancel for Easter. Participants may bring bells and flowers. The Easter gospel is read.
And then with more bell ringing and alleluias, worshipers celebrate the first Eucharist of Easter. Following the service, there will be a dessert reception at the Chaplain's residence.
The Vigil is held in conjunction with St. Peter's and Trinity Episcopal Churches. Bishop Jack McKelvey will be the chief celebrant and preacher. After serving for eight years as bishop suffragan of the Diocese of Newark, Bishop McKelvey was elected bishop of the Diocese of Rochester in 2000. He focuses on congregational development and communications, ministry development, and finance, resource, and community development. The Rev. James H. Adams of St. Peter's, the Rev. Clark West of Trinity, the Rev. Lesley M. Adams and the Rev. Juan Rivera of Love of Christ Community Church will assist.
For more information, contact Lesley Adams, chaplain, at 781-3671 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.