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Why our Easter Vigil begins at dawn
Yes, we really do meet very early on Easter Sunday - before sunrise in fact. It's not just about following a Bible story too literally "early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, the women came to the tomb". The Easter Vigil is a set of ceremonials and rituals which are amongst the most ancient still in use by the church - they are carefully constructed to take us on a spiritual pilgrimage from the place of darkness and death (our burial ground before dawn) and unfold for us the story of God's love for humanity (the sung blessing of the Easter candle followed by a sequence of Bible readings, songs and prayers) and realising all over again how we have been brought into God's marvellous light and life (Gospel, Baptismal renewal) which we then celebrate according to Jesus' instruction (the Eucharist and sharing Holy Communion). As we proceed through these stages the dawn breaks and the full light of the day begins to shine - as we celebrate the new life of Easter so nature sheds light upon us. You really can only do this therefore by beginning at first light and allowing the creation to enlighten us alongside the Word and Sacrament of the worship. A total experience which is hard to appreciate unless you have the courage to get up very early (as you might for a trip abroad) and daring to join us in the Garden of Rest at church and allowing it all to unfold. The numbers of people who have discovered this are growing year on year. Why not join us?