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Service of Light 

The Service of Light from An Order of Worship for the Evening may introduce a variety of liturgies. The Service of Light may serve as a festal introduction to Evening Prayer, with the selection from the Psalter at Evening Prayer following the Phos hilaron. The Service of Light may also begin an evening eucharist, with the salutation and collect of the day following the Phos hilaron. This order of service is used for a eucharist on the Vigil of Pentecost (BCP, p. 227). The BOS also calls for this order of service to be used at a Vigil Eucharist for the Eve of the Baptism of our Lord, the Eve of All Saints' Day or All Saints' Sunday, or the Eve of Baptism. The BOS notes that the Service of Light introduces services for New Year's Eve and All Hallows' Eve. It also may introduce Advent and Christmas Festivals of Lessons and Music. The short lesson of scripture may be omitted when one or more scripture lessons are to be read later in the service (BCP, p. 143). 

Glossary definitions provided courtesy of Church Publishing Incorporated, New York, NY,(All Rights reserved) from "An Episcopal Dictionary of the Church, A User Friendly Reference for Episcopalians," Don S. Armentrout and Robert Boak Slocum, editors.
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