Darkness turns into light, grief into joy, during the Easter vigil in St. John's Chapel.
(March 17, 2005) GENEVA, N.Y.—For the ninth year in a row, the Great Vigil of Easter will be celebrated in St. John’s Chapel on the campus of Hobart and William Smith Colleges. The clergy and people from St. Peter’s and Trinity Episcopal and Zion Lutheran churches in Geneva will join the Colleges community for this dramatic service at 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 26. The preacher this year will be The Rev. Daniel Hoffman, pastor of Zion Lutheran and Dean of the Lutheran Genesee Finger Lakes Conference.
The service begins in darkness as the new fire of Easter, the paschal candle, individual tapers and the chapel lanterns are lit. Then in the semi-darkness participants read and sing through salvation history as it is recounted in the Hebrew scriptures. After renewing baptismal vows, participants throw on the lights, ring bells, bring out all the altar linens, candles and flowers to decorate the chancel, and celebrate the first Eucharist of Easter.
Everyone is welcome to join in this resurrection liturgy. Participants are asked to bring bells and flowers, if they choose. Those wishing to be a reader, singer, dancer or acolyte may e-mail Chaplain Lesley Adams at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Chapel, 781-3671.