Holy Saturday Vigil 2020
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Up All Night
This evening we gather with a bunch of priests, deacons and ordinands, ‘Creatives’ you might say, to tell the story of Israel’s journey from creation to where we find ourselves now, on Holy Saturday…watching and waiting for the resurrection hope which only Christ can bring! Join us tonight – official start time is 9pm but feel free to come earlier and tune into some worship music.
Each video or audio lasts no more than 10 minutes, giving you plenty of time to reflect and pray throughout this #NightofPrayer – don’t forget to set an alarm clock for the next ‘slot’ before you pray, due to our human ability to fall into sleep rather than prayer!
You may want to build a fire for the night, to light a candle from at dawn and take the ‘light of Christ’ into your homes – it’s a beautiful way to reclaim your homes as spaces where God dwells! You may also want some hot chocolate and snacks for post 3am…it gets harder to stay awake around that time!
To get heads in gear, it might be helpful to listen to the wonderful Rolf, leading us into Up All Night with a few worship tunes…have your fire lit as you listen to these, and gaze into the flames as you allow God to reclaim your heart.
1) Creation: 9pm
2) The fall: 9:30pm
3) Noah and the flood: 10pm
4) Abraham and Isaac: 10:30pm
5) Moses and the burning bush: 11pm
6) The passover: 11:30pm
7) Crossing the Red Sea: 12 Midnight
8) The faithfulness of Ruth: 12:30am
9) Hannah and the birth of Samuel: 1am
10) In Praise of Wisdom: 1:30am
11) I will save you from all afflictions: 2am
12) Let us return to the Lord who saves: 2:30am
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13) The Lord is like a mother: 3am
14) God promises a new heart: 3:30am
15) The valley of dry bones: 4am
16) The river of life: 4:30am
17) Daniel in the lions’ den: 5am
18) Jonah and the fish: 5:15am
This is a beautiful ancient song which celebrates the risen Christ and all that this means for us. In churches this is sung at the dawn Eucharist on Easter morning. In the midst of this hymn we bring the light of Christ into the church in three stages, entrance first, then the body, and then the sanctuary. This morning, and in these strange times, I invite you to light a candle from your fire (if you lit one through the vigil), and at the entrance stop and say ‘The light of Christ’, take it into the body of your home, the kitchen or lounge perhaps, the place where most time is spent, and say again, ‘The light of Christ’, then move along to the space where you go to recharge, this may be a prayer space or your bedroom, where you rest, and proclaim one third and final time ‘The light of Christ’. Settle there with your candle and listen to this wonderful hymn of praise, letting it’s words settle in your heart. Yes, these are strange times, and it is certainly odd to be celebrating Christ’s resurrection together, separately, but there is something incredibly pertinent about claiming all aspects of our homes as spaces where God dwells, and allowing that dwelling to transform the experience of our relationships with God moving forward into the Easter hope during this period of lockdown.
The Dawn Service
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“Christ is risen!
He is risen indeed – Alleluia!”Common Worship ©The Archbishop’s Council 2000