The first part of this ceremony is the lighting of the Paschal Candle. The minister sprinkles the candle with holy water and blesses the fire. The minister carves the letter for the Greek word "Alpha" on the top of the cross, and the Greek letter for the word "Omega" below the cross. These letters symbolize the beginning and the end of the life of Christ. The Paschal Candle is then lit and brought to the front of the Church as the Catholics cry out in harmony, "The Light of Christ!"
The service of light is an important role in the Easter Vigil, and plays an important role symbolically (Freeman 1945, 194). The service of light begins at sundown on Holy Saturday, and on sunrise of Easter Sunday (Freeman 1945, 194). The service of light starts with the Paschal Candle, which is a large white candle, blessed, lit and used throughout Easter (Freeman 1945, 196). Once the Paschal Candle has been lit, there follows a ritualistic rite of the Lucernarium where the Paschal Candle is carried by a deacon throughout a church that is bathed in complete darkness (Freeman 1945, 197). As the candle is carried around, the Deacon stops three times ... ... middle of paper ... ...y baptized attend, and are engaging in as part of the congregation (Cosgrove 1996, 540).
The paschal candle is always standing close by. This candle represents the resurrection of Jesus. Water is poured over the child's forehead and original sin is cleansed from its soul. The child is now a member of the Christian community and the Christian family. The baptismal candle is lit from the paschal - as the two flames share it reminds us that as a result of the child's baptism it will share in the resurrection of Jesus too.
We saw disciples eager to make disciples. As we returned home from church Sunday afternoon I was filled with joy as I realized God had answered our prayers. He had blessed us with a family who knew its identity. Throughout the past few months as Cassandra and I discerned what God had planned for the next stage in our lives we consistently prayed, “Lord, if you would have us go would you rip the doors off the hinges? Lord, if you would have us stay, would you close it on our fingers.” We realized the moment church had ended that God was ripping the door off the hinges and allowing us to serve at Cornerstone.
As the candle is shared with the rest of the congregation, the atmosphere is very dark and glum. As the minister brings the candle towards the altar, the following response is sung by the pastor and by everyone else in the Church. The Deacon or the Celebrant sings “Christ our Light” and everyone responds, “Thanks be to God”. This is done three times and after this the choir sings the Exultet. The focus on signing is of the risen Jesus Christ.
At the last supper jesus talks about how he knows someone has betrayed him and has he has already forgiven them. Many churches include a foot-washing ceremony as part of the Eucharist on this day. Some of the people sit at t... ... middle of paper ... ...s will be on the altar and candles burning. Songs of victory are sung in all churches and the story of the empty tomb and the apperances of the risen Jesus will be read out. On this day, many hot crossed buns are eaten to celebrate the end of lent.
Moreover, Church holds Bible study classes, yearly Bible reading plan to help the parishioners to understand more in the holy word of God. 3. Baptism is usually held in Christmas, Easter and Pentecost, and sometimes on a special Sunday (Anniversary with Bishop’s presence). The Baptism’s font is set in front of the pews so that all congregants see the process of the liturgy clearly. Also, the pouring of water, passing the lighted candle from the Paschal candle to the baptized persons, vividly demonstrates the theological meaning of the Baptism.
The first stage of worship is the opening; there we light a candle before entering the church. Followers of the Christian Orthodox faith believe in the Old Testament and by lighting a candle before entering is showing that we are entering The Kingdom of Heaven by offerings and prayer. People believing in the Old Testament before Christ, believed in sacrificing an animal. Jesus was the last one to sacrifice to save us from our sins, therefore people now do not find it necessary to kill animals anymore. Before entering the sanctuary we cross ourselves in the name of, “The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit.”, to prepare one’s self upon entering the hallowed ground.
Often the congregation will rise from their seats in respect as the Bible is brought in. Similarly in Greek Orthodox churches respect is shown by the carrying of the Book of the Gospels in procession before readings from the Bible are actually given. During readings of the Gospels from the Bible in Anglican and Roman Catholic churches the congregation will stand as a mark of reverence. Again in many Nonconformist churches the Bible is used as a call to worship, the minister of the church will read a verse or two which has something to say about God's goodness and faithfulness. Sometimes a biblical verse is also read at the end of a service as a closing prayer.
This Eucharistic celebration, where we relive and hear the words Jesus’ used with his own apostles during the Last Supper, is the “ultimate worship” (para. 8). We receive the body and blood of Christ through the bread and wine the priest blesses during the mass.