Call for Submissions! Easter Vigil Art Show: April 15th, 2017 – Grace Gallery

Call for Submissions! Easter Vigil Art Show: April 15th, 2017 – Grace Gallery

Jess Alldredge   •   March 28, 2017

Saturday evening, April 15, Grace Seattle will be hosting an Easter Vigil Art Show at our office and gallery space. This will be a time to reflect on the story of Christ’s resurrection and what it means to us through artwork based on the four themes of The Great Vigil of Easter: Light, the Word, Water, and the Feast.

We are currently seeking art submissions (writing/readings, visual art) for the show. If you have any interest (whether you are a child or adult) in contributing to this show, please read below for more details:

Submissions can be made by taking a picture of your piece and sending to Allyson at allyson@graceseattle.org by April 10th. Artists will be notified by April 12 if they are chosen and will need to drop art off at the Grace Offices by Friday April 14th at noon.

**For a more in depth description and details about submitting, please email Allyson at allyson@graceseattle.org or Jess at jess@graceseattle.org


THE GREAT VIGIL OF EASTER

The Great Vigil of Easter is the brightest jewel of Christian liturgy traced to early Christian times. It proclaims the universal significance of God’s saving acts in history through four related services held on the same occasion:


SERVICES (THEMES):

Service of Light: The service begins in the darkness of night. In kindling new fire and lighting the paschal candle, we are reminded that Christ came as a light

shining in the darkness (John 1:5). Christ, the light of the world, thus

provides the unifying thread to the service.

Service of The Word: Readings from the Old and New Testaments to gain a panoramic view of what God has done—of holy history. Beginning with creation, we are reminded of our delivery from the bondage of the exodus, of God’s calling us to faithfulness through the cry of the prophets, of his dwelling among us in Jesus Christ, and of Christ’s rising in victory from the tomb.

Service of Water: In the earliest years of the Christian church, baptisms commonly took place at the vigil. As with the natural symbol of light, water plays a critical role in the vigil. The image of water giving life—nurturing crops, sustaining life, and cleansing our bodies—cannot be missed in this part of the vigil. Nor is the ability of water to inflict death in drowning overlooked. Water brings both life and death. So also there is death and life in Baptism, for in Baptism we die to sin and are raised to life. Baptism unites believers to Christ’s death and resurrection.

Service of the Feast: The risen Lord invites us to share in the new life he brings by sharing the feast which he has prepared. We thus look forward to the great messianic feast of the kingdom of God when the redeemed from every time and place “will come from the east and the west, and from the north and south, and sit at table in the kingdom of God” (Luke 13:29). The vigil thus celebrates what God has done, is doing, and will do.