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The Great Vigil of Easter
Sat, April 20, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Beginning in total darkness and lighting the First Fire, the congregation joins the clergy in illuminating the Cathedral by candlelight, as we observe the Paschal mystery—the passage from darkness into light, from death into life—told through scriptural readings and chanted psalms. Baptisms and confirmations take place.
When the lights of the Cathedral are finally thrown up, all join in ringing in the first moments of Easter, as the Great Organ sounds for the first time since its silencing on Maundy Thursday. The Bishop of New York celebrates, the Dean of the Cathedral preaches, and the Cathedral Choirs sing.