The Great Vigil of Easter

The Prayers at the Porch

The Blessing of the New Fire

O God, who by thy Son, the true Corner–stone, hast bestowed on thy faithful people the fire of thy brightness: sanct✠ify this new fire, now struck by us from flint–stone, that it may be profitable to our service: and grant that by this Paschal feast we may be so inflamed with heavenly desires, that we may with pure hearts and minds attain unto the feast of thine eternal brightness; through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Blessing of the Paschal Candle

O Lord God, Father Almighty, never–failing Light and Creator of all lights: bl✠ess this candle which hath been sanctified in the Name of him who hath enlightened the whole world: that we may be inflamed with the fire of thy brightness; and like as thou didst give light to Moses when he went out of Egypt, so enlighten our hearts and senses, that we may be found worthy to attain the light of everlasting life; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Collects after the Vigil Lessons

After Genesis 1 (The Creation):

O God, who in a wondrous manner didst create the race of man, and still more wondrously hast redeemed the same: Grant us, we beseech thee, so stedfastly to withstand all the crafts and devices of sin, that we may be found worthy to attain everlasting felicity; through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord. Amen.

After Genesis 22 (The Sacrifice of Isaac):

O God, Almighty Father of them that put their trust in thee: For the glory of thy Name multiply, by the grace of the Paschal sacrament, the number of thy children; that thy Church may rejoice to see fulfilled thy promise to our father Abraham; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

After Exodus 14 (Israel’s Deliverance):

O God, who hast ordained that thy mighty works of old should enlighten even this our present generation; who didst by the mighty defense of thy right hand deliver one people from persecution in the land of Egypt to be a figure of the salvation of all nations by the washing of regeneration: Grant, we pray thee, that the fullness of all mankind, being delivered from its present bondage, may be made sons of Abraham and worthy members of thy true Israel; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

After Ezekiel 37 (The Valley of Dry Bones):

Almighty God, who by the Passover of thy Son hast brought us out of sin into righteousness and out of death into life: Grant to those who are sealed by thy Holy Spirit the will and the power to proclaim thee to all the world; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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