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The Great Vigil of Easter (In-Person)

Saturday, April 16 @ 9:00 pm 10:00 pm

The Vigil begins in darkness and is gradually illuminated by kindling new fire as we celebrate Christ’s Resurrection with adult baptisms and the first Eucharist of Easter.

From the flame of the New Fire, the light of Christ builds from candlelight to resplendent glory. Beginning in near-darkness, we recount the long history of God’s saving acts for humankind. As the room grows brighter, we celebrate light from darkness, love from violence and life from death. We meditate on the waters of the great flood, the waters of the Red Sea and finally the waters of Baptism as we welcome new members into Christ’s body. Finally, we celebrate the first Eucharist of Easter with glad hearts and joyful alleluias. 

The Rt. Rev. Dr. Marc Handley Andrus, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of California, will preside and preach.

Event Details

Doors open for seating at 8:40 pm. The entrance to the cathedral is at the top of the Great Steps. The accessible entrance is via the breezeway on Sacramento Street between Taylor and Jones Streets or via the garage elevator.

When the online version of the service leaflet becomes available, you can view it here.

COVID Safety

Masks and proof of vaccination are required inside the cathedral. Visit our regathering page for the latest information on our safety protocols.

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