Darkness turns into light, grief into joy, during the Easter vigil in St. John's Chapel.
April 7, 2003 GENEVA, N.Y.—St. John’s Chapel will offer The Great Vigil of Easter at 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 19, 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 paschal candle and process into the church with candles. Participants will read highlights of salvation history from the Hebrew scriptures, and sing chants from Taize by candle light. Following baptisms, celebrants throw on the lights, ring bells, play the organ loudly, and decorate the chancel for Easter. Participants may bring bells to ring and flowers to decorate the altar. The service concludes with a reading of the Easter story, a homily and celebration of the Eucharist.
Following the service, there will be a reception at the chaplain's residence, 630 South Main St., next to St. John's Chapel.
The vigil is held in conjunction with St. Peter's and Trinity Episcopal churches. Colleges Chaplain Lesley Adams will be the chief celebrant and preacher. The Rev. James H. Adams of St. Peter's and the Rev. Clark West of Trinity will assist.
For more information, contact Adams at 781-3671 or e-mail email@example.com.