Admittedly this Lenten season has not been one of my best. Actually, in writing that I feel kind of silly because I’m not sure that God is measuring our Lenten experiences on a scale of “Poor, Fair, Good, Better, Best”. Nevertheless, I feel the need to just finish strong and strengthen what remains in these last few days and I’m thankful that during Holy Week there is plenty of opportunity to do so. To that end, I’ve decided that I am going to attend an Easter Vigil service on Holy Saturday. I’ve always wanted to attend an Easter Vigil service, but I’ve always been late finding out about services in my area—when I say late, I find out about it at 7:00 and service is at 7:00. This year, I’m not leaving any stone unturned. I did my research early and now I just have to figure out which one I’m attending—because as you’ll see, there are plenty. I thought I’d share this list so that if anyone is in the New York area, they too can experience the beauty of the Easter Vigil service. If you have any additions to this list, please feel free to add to the comments.
Easter Vigils in New York City
St. Mary the Virgin in Times Square at 7:00PM
145 WEST 46TH STREET, NEW YORK CITY
1047 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, New York 10025
The Church of the Ascension at General Theological Seminary at 8:00PM
Due to construction at GTS, enter the seminary close at 440 W. 21st Street, between Ninth and Tenth Avenues.
Riverside Church at 7:30
490 Riverside Drive New York, New York 10027
St. Ignatius of Loyola at 7:30 on the dot
980 Park Avenue at 84th Street, New York
The Church of the Epiphany at 7:30
1393 York Avenue, New York, NY 10021
The Church of the Holy Trinity at 7:00PM
316 E. 88th Street, New York, NY 10128
Church of Saint Francis Xavier at 8:00PM
46 West 16th Street, New York, NY 10011
The Church of St. Luke’s in the Fields at 8:00PM
487 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014
PS: This is by no means a comprehensive list, you can find more simply by searching “Easter Vigils in New York City” or “Easter Vigils (Fill in the location blank)”.
Quick Easter Vigil primer: An Easter Vigil, in some Protestant traditions and the Catholic church, is considered the first official celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. At the Easter Vigil, a Paschal candle is lit to symbolize the resurrection of Christ and the light of salvation and hope that he brought into the world as a result of His resurrection–and no doubt, His life. Easter Vigil services usually begin after sunset on Holy Saturday but can start before sunrise on Easter Sunday–the sun rise replacing the lighting of the Paschal candle.