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Easter Vigil and Bonfire

posted 21 Mar 2015, 02:53 by St. Thomas' Church Aboyne   [ updated 21 Mar 2015, 02:53 ]

You may notice that we are planning to have a bonfire on Good Saturday at St Thomas'. I thought I'd explain a little about it.

An Easter vigil and bonfire is a very old tradition. Some of you may have come across it elsewhere. A small fire is built and is lit on the evening before Easter Sunday. It celebrates Christ's resurrection. Usually the light from the bonfire is taken into the church on the evening, and used to light the Paschal candle, to celebrate the risen Christ - the light of the world. It's traditionally the start of the Easter celebrations. What used to happen in times gone by was that it used to precede a night of prayer before the first eucharist on the dawn of Easter day. We are not going to do that bit, you will be relieved to hear. We are going to light the fire, take the light in to light the Easter candle, and have a short service of Compline. Then for those who want to join us, we are going to make use of the bonfire and have some refreshments. Please do join us for all or part of it, and bring your friends and family along. It is good to celebrate together.