Along with Tenebrae, the Easter Vigil is one of the most ancient services of the Church. It is the most important service of the entire year and it is the first service of Easter. The service begins in total darkness—the lights of the sanctuary are out and not a candle is burning. Then a fire is lit in a firepot the center of the nave and from that flame all the candles in the sanctuary and the hand-candles in the congregation are lit. Then come readings and psalms, said and sung, by individual singers, the choir, and the whole congregation. The sermon follows, baptisms, and then the first Communion of Easter. The Great Vigil begins at 7:30pm in the sanctuary.
The full service bulletin can be downloaded here.