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The Great Vigil of Easter

This is the night when you first saved our ancestors, freeing Israel from her slavery and leading her safely through the sea. This is the night when Jesus Christ vanquished hell, broke the chains of death and rose triumphant from the grave. This is the night when all who believe in him are freed from sin, restored to grace and holiness, and share the victory of Christ. This is the night that gave us back what we had lost; beyond our deepest dreams you made even our sin a happy fault. —from the Exsultet Photos from the combined 2018 Easter Vigil celebration in Washington, D.C., annually hosted by the Church of the Resurrection, Church of the Advent, and Church of the Ascension.

The Now Life

Alleluia! Christ is risen! The Lord is risen indeed! This week we declare our confidence in the resurrection of Jesus. “If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins . . . but in fact, Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep” (1 Corinthians 15:17, 20). The joy of Easter rings in our worship and in our hearts for another year. But is this where resurrection confidence ends? No. If Jesus is the firstfruits, then he points toward a full harvest of resurrection. All those who are in Christ are headed for the New Creation where we, too, will be raised from death to life immortal. We look forward to a new, glorified

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