Alcuin Club

The Alcuin Club

Promoting the Study of Liturgy

The Alcuin Club

Promoting the Study of Liturgy

The Easter Vigil in the British Methodist Church

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Regarded in the Catholic tradition as the ‘most solemn and splendid of the Church’s liturgies’, the Easter Vigil liturgy was first published as an authorised Methodist service in Britain in the 1999 Methodist Worship Book. But does the Easter Vigil make sense as a Methodist service?

Through the lens of Liturgical Theology, this study takes us on a journey to identify what makes worship ‘Methodist’, and investigates how the Easter Vigil liturgy accords with that.

We explore the practice of John Wesley founder of Methodism, at Easter; and by a process of liturgical detective work, we investigate the rationale behind the Easter Vigil liturgy’s inclusion in the Methodist Worship Book and the process by which it was developed.

Ultimately we draw conclusions about the Easter Vigil’s appropriateness to Methodist worship, and make recommendations for future development.

The Revd Steven Cooper is a lifelong Methodist and ordained presbyter since 2016. He currently serves as the Minister of Wesley’s Chapel and Leysian Mission, the ‘mother church’ of Methodism worldwide. Awarded the degree of MA ‘with distinction’ in Christian Liturgy by the University of Winchester in  2019, he represents the Methodist Church on the Joint Liturgical Group of Great Britain, and is a member of the Liturgical Subcommittee of the Faith and Order Committee of the Methodist Church.