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Lighting of the New Fire

lighting of the new fire

lighting of the new fire

Easter Vigil and Lighting the New Fire

The Easter Vigil and the Lighting of the New Fire is a beautiful and powerful ceremony held early on Easter Sunday morning celebrating the risen Christ.

It begins in darkness before dawn, symbolising the darkness of the tomb, with the faithful gathered around a burning brazier symbolising the light of the risen Christ.

The fire is blessed and the Paschal candle is lit from the fire amidst the people then carried into the darkened church with the people following. (The Paschal candle is sometimes called the “Easter candle” or the “Christ candle.” The term “Paschal” comes from the word Pesach (Hebrew for Passover) and relates to the Paschal mystery of salvation. The tall white Paschal candle also symbolises God’s divine pillar of cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night that led the Israelites from slavery through the desert.)

The lit Paschal candle pauses three times in the church then placed in its stand in the sanctuary. Candles or sparklers are then lit from the Paschal flame and passed amongst the people so that the whole church is lit up with the light of the risen Christ.

Christ is the light of the world! Thanks be to God!

Easter Sunday Services at St Andrew’s Lismore

5.15 am Lighting of the New Fire and Paschal candle outside the church, then Holy Communion service.

followed with a BBQ breakfast (gold coin donation)

7.30am and  9.30am Holy Communion services.

Services in other centres.

at St Mathew’s Dunoon at 10.ooam.

St Mark’s Nimbin at 10.00am.

St Peter’s Goonellabah at 6.30pm.

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