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At New England’s oldest Lutheran church, an Easter vigil

The First Lutheran Church of Boston was founded in 1839

First Lutheran Church of Boston hosted an Easter vigil on Saturday. Below: photos from the service.

William Bussing carried the cross during the Easter vigil at the First Lutheran Church of Boston.
William Bussing carried the cross during the Easter vigil at the First Lutheran Church of Boston.Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff
Duilio Roos helped prepare the sanctuary for the vigil.
Duilio Roos helped prepare the sanctuary for the vigil.Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff
Elizabeth Brown, 11, held a candle during the service.
Elizabeth Brown, 11, held a candle during the service.Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff
Senior Pastor Ingo Dutzmann prepared for the service. Dutzmann said his cross was made from olive wood by Arab Christians in Bethlehem.
Senior Pastor Ingo Dutzmann prepared for the service. Dutzmann said his cross was made from olive wood by Arab Christians in Bethlehem. Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff
Bussing prepared the paschal candle. Dutzmann said lighting the candle symbolizes that Jesus has risen.
Bussing prepared the paschal candle. Dutzmann said lighting the candle symbolizes that Jesus has risen.Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff
Matthew Wessler, 5, held a candle while attending the service with his family.
Matthew Wessler, 5, held a candle while attending the service with his family. Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff
William Brown lit the paschal candle, which was held by Tim Nadler.
William Brown lit the paschal candle, which was held by Tim Nadler. Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff
Dutzmann (left) made his way to the courtyard for the start of the vigil.
Dutzmann (left) made his way to the courtyard for the start of the vigil.Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff