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The Great Vigil & First Eucharist of Easter

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Saturday, April 20, 2019
5:30 pm High Altar

The new fire is lit to begin the Great Vigil of Easter

The Fifth Avenue doors open at 4:30pm for this service, which is the last of the three great liturgies of the triduum, which began on Maundy Thursday and continued through Good Friday.

The service begins where Good Friday left off: complete darkness. If you intend to come, please arrive before 5:30pm, ideally by 5:15pm, as you will not be allowed to enter the doors during the first few minutes of the service. Also, the nave of the church will be dark and it will hard for you to find your seats if you arrive late.

Sung by: The Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys

The Great Vigil


The Exultet: The Proclamation of the Resurrection (Sung to Plainsong, Solemn Tone.)

The Story of Creation: Genesis 1:1—2:4a

Psalm: 36:5-10 Domine, in caelo Plainsong (Tone II1)

The Flood: Genesis 7:1-5, 11-18; 8:6-18; 9:8-13

Psalm: 46:1-7 Deus noster refugium Plainsong (Tone V3)

Abraham’s Sacrifice of Isaac: Genesis 22:1-18

Psalm: 16:1-3, 8-12 Conserva me, Domine Plainsong (Tone VIII5)

Israel’s Deliverance from the Red Sea: Exodus 14:10-31; 15:20-21

Exodus 15:1-4: The Song of Moses Cantemus Domino Plainsong (Tone IV4)

The Valley of Dry Bones: Ezekiel 37:1-14

Psalm: 1-5 Exaltabo te, Domine Plainsong (Tone IB10)

Holy Baptism


Plainsong: The Litany of the Saints

The First Eucharist of Easter


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