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The Great Vigil of Easter

The annual Great Vigil of Easter service for the Northeast district of the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester will begin at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 22 in St. John's Chapel.

Eugen Baer, dean of Hobart College, will be the homilist; Episcopalians and worshipers of other denominations have been celebrating Easter in this way for 12 years, including those from Lutheran congregations in Geneva and Penn Yan.

The service generally begins outside with the lighting of the new fire. The group then processes into the chapel and lights congregational candles, chants Taize pieces and spirituals between the traditional readings, processes to the font and renew their baptismal vows. After returning to their places, they throw on the lights, shout “Alleluia,” ring bells wildly, decorate the chapel with flowers and candles, and celebrate the first Eucharist of Easter.

A dessert reception will follow the service at the Chaplain's Residence, 630 S. Main St.

Those willing to sing in the choir are asked to e-mail Mary Ann Hamilton; a rehearsal will begin at 6:30 p.m. the night of the service.