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Service of Light 

The term also indicates the first part of the Great Vigil of Easter. This Service of Light includes the kindling of the new fire in the darkness, the opening collect, the lighting of the Paschal candle from the newly kindled fire, the procession to the chancel, and the Exsultet (BCP, pp. 285-287). The procession to the chancel is led by the deacon who bears the Paschal candle. This procession is led by the celebrant if there is no deacon. Candles held by members of the congregation may be lighted from the Paschal candle before it is placed in its stand. Other candles and lamps in the church, except for those at the altar, may also be lighted. The Altar Book provides music for the Exsultet, and the people's responses are in The Hymnal 1982 (S 69). 




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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