Easter Vigil

The following are some of my thoughts on the rest of Easter.

Rather than an anticlimactic second Holy Communion after the one celebrated at night, it seems good to have a solemn Evensong in the late afternoon, with a sermon after the second lesson and a solemn Te Deum after, or instead of, the anthem. This will both allow adequate sleep after a night service and preserve liturgical focus, while leaving time for festivities outside of church.

It is also fitting to have Holy Communion on the two days following, as the Prayer Book orders. Until the next Sunday, the Partial Hallel might be sung after Morning Prayer; Evening Prayer might be followed by a procession to the baptismal font, accompanied by the singing of Psalms 113–14, ending in the prayer ‘Prevent us, O Lord’.

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