Easter Vigil

by Richard on March 23, 2008

Easter Sunrise

I’ve had a blessed start to Easter this year. As has become traditional in Sketty, a small group of us kept vigil in church during the night sharing in prayer and fellowship. We began at 10.30pm and met with others on the beach for a short sunrise service around a roaring fire. The sun didn’t shine for us this year. In fact, it began to pour with rain, exactly as the forecasters said it would. But our spirits weren’t dampened, and most of us returned to church for an informal breakfast.

The Lord is risen!
He is risen indeed! Alleluia!

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

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Beth 03.23.08 at 6:10 pm

Happy Easter, Richard! I hope the rest of the day has been equally inspiring!

My church in Oxford has been lucky to have Martyn Percy, the head of Cuddesdon theological college, address us for all our Holy Week services. He’s an amazing preacher, and did a particularly fine job talking about Judas on Wednesday. It’s possibly the first time I’ve hard someone whose sermons could rival Kim’s!

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Kim 03.23.08 at 7:13 pm

Hi Beth,

I’m glad you’ve had a great Easter. How kind you are about my sermons. I have never heard Martyn Percy preach, but I’ve read a few of his books, and I think I would be happy to carry his sandals to the pulpit.

By the way, that sunrise service on the beach - I started it off (passing around some chocolate mini-eggs with George Herbert’s “Easter” - “And brought’st Thy sweets along wth Thee”, followed by a hymn), and the weather was dry. When Richard took over it started to rain. Draw your own conclusions! :)

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Beth 03.23.08 at 7:40 pm

Richard, I’m glad that the Lord symbolised the abundance of his blessings by bestowing baptismal rain upon you. Kimmy, remember that dryness is a liminal state waiting for God to breathe life into it ;)

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Jen 03.23.08 at 10:33 pm

Happy Easter!!!

Sorry I couldn’t be there this year. I had an Anglican easter vigil at 8am this morning, and we had a fire, but it wasn’t as good as the one on the beach. Still, I spent the weekend seeing friends and making new ones.

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Kim 03.23.08 at 10:48 pm

Beth, your conclusion sounds irrefutable! :)

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Rick O'Donnell 03.24.08 at 1:40 am

Ha! Richard, it rained on us halfway through our sunrise service as well, first time in many years here in Florida. We all tramped inside and carried on anyway. The sun shone later on and it was a beautiful Spring day. He is risen, He is risen indeed! A blessed (though belated) Easter to all.

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Richard 03.24.08 at 8:47 am

Jen, Jen, Jen… 8am? It was broad daylight by then. You’re slacking!

Beth - It can’t have been baptismal rain. He’d have warmed iot up a bit first. Was your rain warm, Rick?

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Jen 03.24.08 at 10:41 am

Richard - I actually think its harder to get up at 6.30 on a Sunday to get to a 8am service, than it is to stay up all night! At least you didn’t have to get up to get to the 6am service! ;) And I’m on nights now anyway, so won’t be getting any sleep for the next 3 nights!

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Beth 03.24.08 at 3:54 pm

Richard, I’m one of those people who clearly remembers their own baptism. That water was definitely not warm!

Jen, I didn’t get up until 9:45, to be at choir rehearsal by 10 (which I didn’t quite manage) for a service starting at 10:30 (which I did). So I, at least, applaud your dedication :)

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Rick O'Donnell 03.25.08 at 2:50 pm

Well Richard at that time of the morning it was a coolish sort of rain. This morning (Tuesday) our outside thermometer read 39 F. A bit chilly yet for ‘warm’ precipitation…

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