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Saturday 11 April
VENERATION OF LIGHT
Europe 10am CET | WA 4pm | SA 5.30pm | VIC/NSW 6pm AEST | NZ 8pm
The Blessing of Fire and Veneration of the Light is a service in which the altar is ceremonially dressed and the Paschal Candle is blessed in preparation for the dawning of Easter day.
Join the service by clicking on this link (accessible 15 minutes prior to the service).
Or use the Meeting ID: 680 249 740 and password: 598128
This service will be best viewed using 'Speaker View'. (You may like to use 'Gallery View' at the beginning to see others participating in this service.)
Preparation BEFORE – Create a Personal Paschal Candle
During this service the Paschal candle is blessed and lit for the first time. The Paschal candle is a symbol of the presence of the Risen Christ and it is burned at every service through the Mystical Interval.
As we won’t be meeting physically together during this time you may wish to prepare a Paschal candle for yourself, that you can use in your devotions in the time after Easter.
You can do this by painting a candle (pillar candle would be best) with a symbol that will remind you of your connection with the heavens, a symbol that speaks to you of what guides, leads and protects you as you enter into a new life.
A distinguishing feature of the Paschal candle is the five grains of incense, or five incense nails. These five nails symbolise the five wounds of the crucified Christ who is now risen and glorified. The nails also remind us how our own soul is crucified when it is limited to the world of our five senses, but when we rise to a new life how our senses can uplift and beautify life.
If you are really keen you can prepare five incense nails to fix into the candle. To make the incense nails you will need loose grain incense, a strong glue and tacks. It is best to make small holes in the candle into which the tacks can be inserted. Alternatively, you could simply use glue to fix a few grains of incense into the candle.
Please be somewhere private and quiet. Speaker view will be best.
The service begins with the bare altar. During the service the altar is dressed in preparation for Easter morning, and the new light and fire is blessed.
If you wish to do that yourself at home, have flowers and unlit candles nearby.
During this service we will bless the Paschal candles and light them for the first time. Please make sure you have a lighter or matches.
This new light is used to lighten and bless the atmosphere of the world.
Download and print the sheet with the songs for this service. The download will be posted here a day or two prior to the service.
Audio / Muting During the Service
Please ensure you keep your microphone muted throughout the service, unless you are specifically asked to unmute by the celebrant. You are free to unmute and engage in conversation after the candles has been extinguished at the conclusion of the service (see 'Fellowship' below).
After the candles have been extinguished at the conclusion of the service, there will be a time of fellowship for those who wish to participate.
Attendees will automatically be joined into small breakout groups and can spend time in conversation, perhaps having tea and coffee together as they catch up. Anyone can 'leave the meeting' whenever it suits them.
This is an opportunity get to know one another – sometimes people familiar to you, sometimes someone less familiar.
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All services are celebrated in English, unless otherwise indicated.
The Zoom broadcast begins about 15 minutes prior to the start of the service.
See the 'Full Details' link for each service to see set-up and participation requirements for that service, obtain the Zoom link and download the song sheet.
Note that all attending these Zoom online services can see you and what you are doing during the service. You may prefer to turn your video camera off and/or adjust your name as it appears on screen.
If you are not familiar with Zoom, you can go to their website and watch the Zoom training tutorials. Zoom can be used on your computer, tablet or phone.