The Easter Vigil
The Easter vigil is also called the paschal vigil or the great vigil of Easter and is a service held in “high” or tradition churches as the first official celebration of the resurrection of Jesus.
It is during this service that we all renew our baptismal vows and take the first communion (Mass) of the Easter period.
The service is held in the hours of darkness between sundown on the holy Saturday and the sunrise of Easter day.
Among most western churches, this service is considered one of the most important or divine of the churches liturgical (ceremonial) year, so much so that this evenings service has unique and elaborate wording which is only used for this service.