We gathered in the courtyard and followed the Paschal Candle into the sanctuary as the Easter moon shone down upon us. "The Light of Christ!" Pastor Ball used all twelve readings, interspersed with the Song of Moses and Miriam, the Song of Jonah, and the Song of of the Three Children. Asperges with the Baptismal blessing. Ringing of the bell at the Gloria and the incensing of the altar. He chanted the Holy Gospel. A wonderful, wonderful homily. The God who refines His own in the fire, but brings them through in safety. The Son of Man who is with us and grants us the final victory. "The Strife is O'er." And then the joyous Eucharist. From start to finish, it was all overflowing joy. Vigil is truly one of the most beautiful and Scripture filled services of the whole year.