Holy Saturday is a day devoted to the sorrowful memory of our Lord’s burial, a day of mourning on which the Church lingers at the tomb of our Lord meditating on His sufferings and death. The service for the evening is a Vigil, a nightly waiting in expectation for the celebration of the joy of the Resurrection in the Solemn Liturgy of Easter Day.
St. Thomas’ Cathedral celebrated the Easter Vigil on 15th April 2017 at 8pm. Over 1000 parishioners attended the service.
The Dean, the Very Rev’d Michael Buma Galami , was the celebrant and preacher of the service. In attendance was The Rev’d Doyle Owen LaCasse and the clergy of the Cathedral.
At the beginning of the Service, the Dean blessed the Pascal Candle and five grains of incense, which represent the five wounds on the Body of Jesus, and were inserted in the form of a Cross, then the candle was lighted by a taper from the new Fire. All this is to indicate that the candle now blessed represents Christ, God arisen from the dead, and bearing in His glorified body the five wounds. This candle will burn for the Great Forty Days from Easter Day to the Ascension.
The Blessed and lighted Candle is carried by the Deacon from the entrance of the Church to the Pulpit where the Candle stand is placed, accompanied by the Dean together with the Clergy in the procession.
The Service ends with the Lord’s Prayer and a closing prayer said by the Priest.
|Morning Services||6.15 a.m.||Except on Wednesday|
|Holy Communion||6.30 a.m.||Except on Wednesday|
|Evening Services||4.00 p.m.||Except on Wed. and Sat.|
|Sunday Services||6.45 a.m.||Holy Communion in English|
|8.15 a.m.||Solemn Liturgy in English*|
|10:00 a.m.||Holy Communion in Chinese|
|5:30 p.m.||Evensong in English with Sermon and Holy Communion|
|Monday to Friday||8.30 a.m - 12.30 p.m
2.00p.m - 4.30p.m
|Saturday||8.30 a.m - 12.30 p.m|
|Sundays and Public Holidays||Closed|
|Prayer Meetings||Lay Staff (every Monday) 9.00 a.m - 9.30 a.m|
|Clergy (every Friday ) 9.00 a.m - 10.00 a.m|