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Join in the ancient tradition of the Easter Vigil as we commemorate God's saving work through music, dance, art and liturgy. 

Saturday, April 20, 2019, 6:00-9:00 PM (doors open at 5:30 PM)

The Lisner Auditorium at George Washington University

730 21st Street NW, Washington, DC

American Sign Language interpretation will be available.


Getting There

The Lisner is Metro accessible via the Orange, Silver and Blue Lines to Foggy Bottom - GWU. The auditorium is one block south and two blocks east from the station. 
Limited metered street parking is available. There are also several paid public parking garages nearby, including at the University Parking Garage (access via H Street between 22nd and 23rd Streets), G Street Garage (access from 20th Street and 21st Streets between F and G Streets), 2100 Pennsylvania Avenue and 2000 Pennsylvania Avenue.


The liturgy for the Easter Vigil has been translated into Arabic. You can access the PDF of the Arabic liturgy here.


+Avery Snipes, Death to Life

Our floral designer from Ash to Oak Floristry created our floral arrangements. Harsh sticks to lush greens. Without Him brittle bones, with Him living water. “The promise of resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf in springtime.”

+MazaréSeries of Poems

Poet and spoken-word artist, Mazaré, composed a series of four poems that she will be performing during the Vigil. The series explores the human condition through the dramatic storyline of the Scriptures.

+Lauren Shea Little Hofer, Ashes (937 Metaphors), Digital Video (hands, ashes, 3 minutes)

Ashes (937 Metaphors) is from a larger body of work in which I was exploring how embodied action leads to self-formation. Much of our formation lives in the undulations of failure and grace. This video is a wordless narrative, doxology, and sacramental act of autobiography.

+Skyla Freeman, Gaudete 

This work in colored pencil and paint is a meditation on Isaiah 35, and how God's presence can cause joy to blossom forth from the broken places in our lives: "The desert and the parched land will be glad; the wilderness will rejoice and blossom. Like the crocus, it will burst into bloom; it will rejoice greatly and shout for joy."

+Mary Frances Dunlap, Dry Bones Dance (St Andrews, Scotland)

The sand beneath my feet appeared as if it too were moving as I ran into the wind on West Sands Beach a few days after Easter 2016. The swiftly flowing sand took shape, forming long, thin channels like the sinews and bones Ezekiel describes springing into new life from wind and breath. When you get caught up in creation's movement toward resurrection, you can't help but dance.

+Carrie Dorean, Floodgate Series

Carrie is a local photographer. Her series of Floodgate photographs will be projected on the screen and printed in the lobby.

+Rachel Trego, God With Us

This abstract piece highlights the complexities of the incarnation story as conveyed by St Matthew. Joseph as son of King David wrestles with his relationship with the Virgin Mary as she is found to be with child. The Triune God is present as the Creator God sends forth the Holy Spirit and Jesus enters the world, inviting us with open arms to experience and know God With Us.

+Dawn Luecke, In the Beginning

This watercolor is done in response to meditating on Genesis 1.  God creating something from nothing; black to color, void to form.  Each strip of color represents a day of creation.

+Annalise Honey, Through the Red Sea

In this rendering of the Israelites passing through the Red Sea, the artist rendered the sea to look almost like cliffs so it makes the water look strong.

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