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The Great Vigil of Easter is the most solemn and ancient liturgy of the entire year. It is the culmination of Lent and Holy Week, and the Triduum. The service consists of four parts: The Service of Light, in which new fire is kindled outdoors to light the Paschal (Easter) Candle, the entire congregation then processing into the chapel; The Service of Lessons, in which God’s saving deeds in history are retold; The Renewal of the Baptismal Covenant, in which believers reaffirm their commitment to the Christian way; and The Holy Eucharist, which breaks the Lenten fast with the proclamation of the Easter Alleluia and the first celebration of the Eucharist since Maundy Thursday. The music is glorious. The vesture of the sacred ministers is white, symbolizing the light of Christ.
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