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About the Easter Vigil

All of our services were held online - you can watch them on our YouTube Channel.  


Easter Vigil available on our YouTube Channel

The Church gathered online this year to celebrate the Easter Vigil. The celebration of the Easter Vigil takes place at night, beginning after nightfall.


The Easter Vigil has four parts: The Service of Light; the Liturgy of the Word; the Liturgy of Baptism; and the Liturgy of the Eucharist.


During the Service of Light, all the lights in the church were turned off and a fire was prepared outside the church. The fire was blessed and the Paschal (Easter) Candle was lit from the new fire. The candle was carried into the dark church. It is a sign of Christ, the Light of the World, who has overcome the darkness of sin and death. The lighted Paschal Candle provides the only illumination.


Then, from the flame of the Paschal Candle, normally members of the congregation light the small candles that they are holding. The flame is passed from person to person until everyone is holding a lighted candle. The light from the Paschal Candle and all the small candles provides the only illumination in the church during this portion of the liturgy. This section concludes with the singing of the Easter Proclamation, the Exsultet. 

During the Liturgy of the Word, the story of God's great love for us is proclaimed in readings from the Old and New Testaments. The readings recalled the great events of salvation, beginning with creation itself.


During the Liturgy of Baptism, we renewed our baptismal promises as a sign that we share the new life of Jesus through his resurrection. 

The priest then made the acclamation Alleluia. Christ is risen, and everyone responds loudly He is risen indeed. Alleluia. We then sang the Gloria and the bells were rung for the first time since Maundy Thursday.

The Easter Vigil concluded with the celebration of the Eucharist. This is a joyous sharing in the sacrificial meal of Jesus Christ, Lord and Risen Saviour.


Lent Giving - donations welcome until the end of April

This year our Lent Giving will be directed to the Diocese of London Lent Appeal which is focussing on youth violence, a problem which has, tragically, touched members of our congregation and been experienced within our Parish.  Three charities will be supported and you can read about them here.

You can donate by:

Sending a cheque made payable to PCC of St Edmund The King to:


St Edmund's Church Lent Appeal

2 Pinner Road




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