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Holy Saturday 2011 (Part 3) – The Easter Vigil

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As I have previously noted, the Easter Vigil takes places at Southwark Cathedral after dusk on Holy Saturday evening.

Pascal Candle and East End Window at Southwark Cathedral

Pascal Candle and East End Window at Southwark Cathedral

The service started in darkness with +Christopher, Bishop of Southwark, kindling and blessing the new fire at the west end from which the Pascal Candle was lit. This was then processed through by the Succentor, singing the Exsultet as she went. As the Pascal Candle passed, the candles held by the congregation were lit.

The Vigil proceeded with a series of readings and music, including Go down, Moses sung by the Canon Pastor. The Gloria was preceded with a fanfare on the Organ and the ringing of bells heralding our Risen Lord.

After the Sermon the service moved to the sacrament of baptism and confirmation. After the parish priests had presented their candidates, the focus of the service moved to at the west end. This year there were 31 for baptism by +Christopher. Back at the crossing, the confirmation took place – 115 this year. It did mean there were a lot of candles to light (one for each who had been confirmed) at the end of the service.

The concluding procession ended with the candidates at the steps to the Tower Space, with the official photographer on the gallery above to take their picture with +Christopher.

Author: Stewart

An instrumentation engineer who enjoys photography and singing. Working in the West of Scotland; a member of St Mary's Cathedral Glasgow and Southwark Cathedral; and a volunteer guard/signalman on the Ffestiniog Railway in North Wales.

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