Blessing of the new fire, the dawn Easter Vigil and Liturgy.
At this early hour we gather in darkness on the church steps to bless the new fire of Easter. This is a sign that Jesus has risen from the dead and is the light of the world. We light the new Easter Candle and it is carried into the dark church. We each light our candles from it to show that we share in this new light of Christ. We hear the account of God's saving work throughout history, and we carry the lighted Easter Candle to the font where we renew our Baptism vows.
As the sun comes up, we loudly proclaim that "Christ is risen" as we sing the Gloria and continue with the first Mass of Easter.
This service is followed by breakfast in the Crypt.