Easter Eucharist starting at Dawn

The Vigil

Lighting the Fire

If gathering before dawn,
we sing until dawn begins to break:

Wait for the Lord, his day is near
Wait for the Lord, be strong take heart

If the reading of the creation story is not used in the Vigil a minister reads this verse:

In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. Then God said, ‘Let there be light’; and there was light.

Genesis 1.1

Lights are taken from the Easter Fire to illuminate the Bible from which the Vigil readings will be read.

Introduction to the Readings

The president may introduce the Vigil using these or other appropriate words.

At the Dawn Vigil

During this night, which is now passing into day,
our Lord Jesus Christ passed over from death to life.

The Church invites her members,
dispersed throughout the world,
to gather in vigil and prayer.

For this is the Passover of the Lord,
in which through word and sacrament
we share in his victory over death.

As we await the risen Christ,
let us hear the record of God’s saving deeds in history,
recalling how he saved his people in ages past and
in the fullness of time sent his Son to be our Redeemer.

Let us pray that through this Easter celebration God may bring to perfection in each of us the saving work he has begun.

Reading, Psalms and Prayers

The Creation

Let us pray that we may see God’s image restored.

Blessed are you, Lord, God of our salvation.
Your love cannot be contained
and overflows in the wonder of creation.
You formed the universe out of nothing
and moulded us from the clay of the earth.
All you have made sings of your marvellous deeds,
O Lord, our maker and redeemer.

Amen.

 

Vigil Reading
Exodus 14.10-end; 15.1a: Crossing the Red Sea

10 As Pharaoh drew near, the Israelites looked back, and there were the Egyptians advancing on them. In great fear the Israelites cried out to the Lord. 11They said to Moses, ‘Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you have taken us away to die in the wilderness? What have you done to us, bringing us out of Egypt? 12Is this not the very thing we told you in Egypt, “Let us alone and let us serve the Egyptians”? For it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the wilderness.’ 13But Moses said to the people, ‘Do not be afraid, stand firm, and see the deliverance that the Lord will accomplish for you today; for the Egyptians whom you see today you shall never see again. 14The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to keep still.’

15 Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Why do you cry out to me? Tell the Israelites to go forward. 16But you lift up your staff, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it, that the Israelites may go into the sea on dry ground. 17Then I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians so that they will go in after them; and so I will gain glory for myself over Pharaoh and all his army, his chariots, and his chariot drivers. 18And the Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord, when I have gained glory for myself over Pharaoh, his chariots, and his chariot drivers.’

19 The angel of God who was going before the Israelite army moved and went behind them; and the pillar of cloud moved from in front of them and took its place behind them. 20It came between the army of Egypt and the army of Israel. And so the cloud was there with the darkness, and it lit up the night; one did not come near the other all night.

21 Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea. The Lord drove the sea back by a strong east wind all night, and turned the sea into dry land; and the waters were divided. 22The Israelites went into the sea on dry ground, the waters forming a wall for them on their right and on their left. 23The Egyptians pursued, and went into the sea after them, all of Pharaoh’s horses, chariots, and chariot drivers. 24At the morning watch the Lord in the pillar of fire and cloud looked down upon the Egyptian army, and threw the Egyptian army into panic. 25He clogged their chariot wheels so that they turned with difficulty. The Egyptians said, ‘Let us flee from the Israelites, for the Lord is fighting for them against Egypt.’

26 Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Stretch out your hand over the sea, so that the water may come back upon the Egyptians, upon their chariots and chariot drivers.’ 27So Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and at dawn the sea returned to its normal depth. As the Egyptians fled before it, the Lord tossed the Egyptians into the sea. 28The waters returned and covered the chariots and the chariot drivers, the entire army of Pharaoh that had followed them into the sea; not one of them remained. 29But the Israelites walked on dry ground through the sea, the waters forming a wall for them on their right and on their left.

30 Thus the Lord saved Israel that day from the Egyptians; and Israel saw the Egyptians dead on the seashore. 31Israel saw the great work that the Lord did against the Egyptians. So the people feared the Lord and believed in the Lord and in his servant Moses.

15 Then Moses and the Israelites sang this song to the Lord:
‘I will sing to the Lord, for he has triumphed gloriously;
horse and rider he has thrown into the sea.

Silence is kept.

Let us pray that God will give freedom to his enslaved people.

Blessed are you, Lord, God of our salvation.
You heard the agony of your people
as they cried out from their slavery,
and you gave them Moses
to lead them to a land flowing with milk and honey.
Hear the cry of the enslaved and the homeless today
and lead us through the turbulent sea of life
to our true home with you,
O Lord, our maker and redeemer.

Amen.

Let us return to the Lord who saves us

Let us pray for peace and justice throughout our world.

Blessed are you, Lord, God of our salvation.
You quench the thirst of those who yearn for righteousness
and satisfy the hunger of those who crave for justice.
Lead your longing people back to peace,
that with the mountains and hills
we may burst into songs of joy,
O Lord, our maker and redeemer.

Amen.

Jerusalem praises God

Let us pray that God will fill sad hearts with songs of joy.

Blessed are you, Lord, God of our salvation.
You are the King who dwells in the midst of the people
as one who brings victory from the jaws of defeat.
Heal the sick and gather the outcast
and turn our shame into praise,
that we may sing aloud and exalt your name,
O Lord, our maker and redeemer.

Amen.

The Service of Light

The new fire is lit at this point. The fire is then be blessed as the new fire from which the Easter Candle is lit.

Marking of the Easter Candle

Eternal God,
who made this most holy night
to shine with the brightness of your one true light:
set us aflame with the fire of your love,
and bring us to the radiance of your heavenly glory;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

The president traces the cross and then the Greek letter Alpha above and the Greek letter Omega below it.

As the vertical of the cross is traced the president says:

Christ yesterday and today,

As the horizontal is traced the president says

the beginning and the end,

As the Alpha is traced

Alpha

As the Omega is traced

and Omega,

As the first number of the year is traced the president says

all time belongs to him,

As the second number is traced

and all ages;

As the third number is traced

to him be glory and power,

As the fourth number is traced

through every age and for ever.

Amen.

The Decision / Renewal of Baptismal Vows

This element of the Liturgy of Initiation is required whether or not baptism and/or confirmation are to be administered on the occasion of the Easter Vigil.

Standing before the Candle, the president addresses the congregation, even if there are no candidates for baptism, the president says:

As we celebrate the resurrection of our
Lord Jesus Christ from the dead,
we remember that through the paschal mystery
we have died and been buried with him in baptism.

To follow Christ means dying to sin and
rising to new life with him.

Therefore I ask:

Do you reject the devil and all rebellion against God?

I reject them.

Do you renounce the deceit and corruption of evil?
I renounce them.

Do you repent of the sins that separate us from God and neighbour?

I repent of them.

The Lighting of the Easter Candle

The president lights the Easter Candle, saying

May the light of Christ, rising in glory,
banish all darkness from our hearts and minds.

The president says

In baptism, God calls us out of darkness into
his marvellous light.
Therefore I ask:

Do you turn to Christ as Saviour?
I turn to Christ.

Do you submit to Christ as Lord?
I submit to Christ.

Do you come to Christ, the way, the truth and the life?
I come to Christ.

The minister bearing the Candle enters the building, followed by the other ministers, and they pause just inside the entrance.

The minister bearing the Candle raises it and says or sings

The light of Christ.
Thanks be to God.

The Exsultet

The Exsultet, an ancient Easter song of praise, is sung as the climax of this part of the liturgy.

Easter Eucharist

Processional Hymn – HONS/AMNS
Opening hymn 348/77    Jesus Christ is risen today

Jesus Christ is risen today, Alleluia,
our triumphant holy day, Alleluia,
who did once, upon the cross, Alleluia,
suffer to redeem our loss. Alleluia.

Hymns of praise then let us sing Alleluia,
unto Christ, our heavenly King, Alleluia,
who endured the cross and grave, Alleluia,
sinners to redeem and save. Alleluia.

But the pains that he endured Alleluia,
our salvation have procured; Alleluia,
now above the sky he’s King, Alleluia,
where the angels ever sing Alleluia.

EASTER HYMN
Arranger (last stanza):
Heathcote Statham (1889-1973)
Melody from Lyra Davidica, London, 1708; as altered in the 18th century

In the name of the Father,
and the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Amen.

Words of welcome

The Great Fifty Days of Eastertide form a single festival period in which the
tone of joy created at the Easter Vigil is sustained through the following seven
weeks, and the Church celebrates the gloriously risen Christ.

The custom of lighting the Easter Candle at the beginning of Easter is followed in many churches, the lit Candle stands prominently in church for all the Eastertide services.

We welcome in the Easter Light, a sign of new life in the resurrected Christ and bless our Easter Gardens in times when we are able to enter church.

The Alleluia appears frequently in liturgical speech and song, and white or gold vestments and decorations emphasize the joy and brightness of the season.

Welcoming the Easter Candle into the Church,
with Prayers at the Easter Garden

Alleluia. Christ is risen.

He is risen indeed. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

Bringing in the Light

This is the day when our Lord Jesus Christ was raised gloriously from the dead, crushing the power of sin and destroying the sting of death. Throughout the world Christians celebrate the mighty power of God as Christ calls us out of darkness to share in his marvellous light. May we, and all Christ’s people, shine as lights in the world to the glory of God the Father.

Early this morning, our Easter Candle,
with its five nails representing the wounds of Christ, was lit
and now it is brought into the Church.

The altar candles will be lit during the ‘Gloria’.
You are invited to ring bells whenever we sing ‘Glory, Glory, Glory to God’.

You may like to light a candle at home

Alleluia. Christ is risen.

He is risen indeed. Alleluia!

The angel said to the women, ‘Do not be afraid; I know that you are
looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said.’Matthew 28.5,6

The president says

Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation,
the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
To you be glory now and for ever.
In your great mercy you have given us a new birth
into a living hope
through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.
By your blessing,
may we
be strengthened in faith,
know the power of his presence,
and rejoice in the hope of eternal glory.
Blessed be God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Blessed be God for ever.

 

The president says this prayer

Risen Lord Jesus,
as Mary Magdalene met you in the garden
on the morning of your resurrection,
so may we meet you today and every day:
speak to us as you spoke to her;
reveal yourself as the living Lord;
renew our hope and kindle our joy;
and send us to share the good news with others.

Amen.

 

Prayer of Preparation

Almighty God,
to whom all hearts are open,
all desires known,
and from whom no secrets are hidden:
cleanse the thoughts of our hearts
by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,
that we may perfectly love you,
and worthily magnify your holy name;
through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Prayers of Penitence

Invitation to confession

Christ our Passover lamb has been sacrificed for us.
Let us therefore rejoice by putting away all malice and evil
and confessing our sins with a sincere and true heart.

cf 1 Corinthians 5.7,8

Kyrie Confession

Like Mary at the empty tomb,
we fail to grasp the wonder of your presence.
Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

Like the disciples behind locked doors,
we are afraid to be seen as your followers.
Christ, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.

Like Thomas in the upper room,
we are slow to believe.
Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

The president says

Almighty God,
who forgives all who truly repent,
have mercy upon you,
pardon and deliver you from all your sins,
confirm and strengthen you in all goodness,
and keep you in life eternal;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

After the absolution the Easter Acclamation is used

Acclamation

Alleluia. Christ is risen.
He is risen indeed. Alleluia.

Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ:
he has given us new life and hope
by raising Jesus from the dead.

God has claimed us as his own:
He has made us light to the world.

Alleluia. Christ is risen.
He is risen indeed. Alleluia.

A joyful fanfare may be played, bells rung, cymbals clashed, noise made, lights switched on and the people’s candles extinguished.

You may like to have a bell, or similar ready, for each refrain of the Gloria

Gloria in Excelsis

Bells may be rung each time we sing the words:
‘Glory to God in the highest’

Glory to God in the highest,
and peace to his people on earth.

Lord God, heavenly King,
almighty God and Father,
we worship you, we give you thanks,
we praise you for your glory.

Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father,
Lord God, Lamb of God,
you take away the sin of the world:
have mercy on us;
you are seated at the right hand of the Father:
receive our prayer.

For you alone are the Holy One,
you alone are the Lord,
you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ,
with the Holy Spirit,
in the glory of God the Father.
Amen.

The Collect

Lord of all life and power,
who through the mighty resurrection of your Son
overcame the old order of sin and death
to make all things new in him:
grant that we, being dead to sin
and alive to you in Jesus Christ,
may reign with him in glory;
to whom with you and the Holy Spirit
be praise and honour, glory and might,
now and in all eternity.

Amen.

The Liturgy of the Word

Reading

A Reading from the Book of Acts

34Peter began to speak to those assembled in the house of Cornelius.

‘I truly understand that God shows no partiality,
35but in every nation anyone who fears him
and does what is right is acceptable to him.

36You know the message he sent to the people of Israel,
preaching peace by Jesus Christ – he is Lord of all.

37That message spread throughout Judea,
beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John announced:
38how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit
and with power; how he went about doing good
and healing all who were oppressed by the devil,
for God was with him.

39We are witnesses to all that he did both in Judea and in Jerusalem.
They put him to death by hanging him on a tree;
40but God raised him on the third day and allowed him to appear,
41not to all the people but to us who were chosen by God as witnesses,
and who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead.

42He commanded us to preach to the people
and to testify that he is the one ordained by God
as judge of the living and the dead.

43All the prophets testify about him that everyone
who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.’

Acts 10: 34-43

At the end the reader may say

This is the word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

Gradual Hymn

HONS
Gradual hymn                                             8               Alleluia, alleluia, give thanks

ALLELUIA, ALLELUIA,

Alleluia, Alleluia,
Give thanks to the risen Lord,
Alleluia, alleluia, give praise to His name.

Jesus is Lord of all the earth,
He is the King of creation.

Spread the good news o’er all the earth,
Jesus has died and has risen.

We have been crucified with Christ,
Now we shall live forever.

God has proclaimed the just reward,
Life for all men, alleluia!

Come let us praise the living God,
Joyfully sing to our Saviour.

Donald Fishel.
Copyright © 1973 The Word of God Music/Adm by CopyCare
CCL: 182525

Gospel Reading

Alleluia, alleluia.
I am the first and the last, says the Lord, and the living one; I was dead, and behold I am alive for evermore.

Alleluia.

The Lord be with you
and also with you.

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew.
Glory to you, O Lord.

After the sabbath,
as the first day of the week was dawning,
Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb.

2And suddenly there was a great earthquake;
for an angel of the Lord,
descending from heaven, came and rolled back the stone and sat on it.

3His appearance was like lightning,
and his clothing white as snow.

4For fear of him the guards shook and became like dead men.

5But the angel said to the women,
‘Do not be afraid;
I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified.

6He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said.
Come, see the place where he lay.

7Then go quickly and tell his disciples,
“He has been raised from the dead,
and indeed he is going ahead of you to Galilee;
there you will see him.”

This is my message for you.’

8So they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy,
and ran to tell his disciples.

9Suddenly Jesus met them and said,
‘Greetings!’

And they came to him, took hold of his feet, and worshipped him.

10Then Jesus said to them,
‘Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee;
there they will see me.’

Matthew 28: 1-10

This is the Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, O Christ.

 

SERMON

There has, over the years, been a fashion to try to explain away some of the miraculous happenings of the Bible using quasi-scientific approaches to cast them as everyday events, shrouded by some sort of mystical air to deceive the gullible. One of things they say is that Jesus had not really died, and that is how he was touched and, not only seen, but seen eating.

How can we be sure that he was dead when he was buried on Good Friday and alive again on Sunday morning? Just think about the narrative; think about the track record that the Romans had; think about the hours of torture, the nailing to the cross and even a Roman soldier droving a spear into Jesus’s side – nobody could have endured all that and lived. Indeed, no Roman governor would have released the body if there had been any doubt.

You will remember in Scripture that it says:
Then ‘Pilate said to the priests, “You have a guard of soldiers; go and make it as secure as you can. ” So they went with the guards and made the tomb secure by sealing the stone’.

The platoon, or watch, of soldiers, a heavy stone, and a secure seal to show if the stone had been tampered with – all testify that there was no escape.

Several first century tombs have been excavated in Jerusalem, with a rolling-stone across the entrance. The stone must have been colossal. It took the whole troop of Roman soldiers to roll it into place. It was then sealed and almost certainly further secured with ropes and leather straps and then the centurion’s wax seal affixed.

I also think the apostles they were in no state to come up with any sort of subterfuge; As scripture testifies, they were too broken-hearted to take any sort of decisive action, but even if all eleven remaining disciples had come at once, they could not have overpowered the soldiers before any attempt could be made to move the stone themselves.

The soldiers remained on watch over the tomb all weekend, until something happened — something that happened that made them desert their post in terror. Thus, all these precautions, intended to prevent a rumour spreading that Jesus was alive again, proved futile. That night the plans and schemes of the Sanhedrin and the High Priests, in particular had gone utterly awry.

I believe that it is justified to be sure that Jesus was truly dead and buried,
but that is not the end of the story. Then comes the question of how we know that he was subsequently truly alive.

In spite of the priests’ attempt to bribe the soldiers to say that they had all slept right through a noisy grave-robbing, it became clear that God and his Angels deployed at the tomb, rolled back the stone and raised the dead Jesus to life. Many people saw him alive in the next 40 days — St Paul says there were over 500 at one sighting. Many in the years following, were prepared to defend the truth of their statements by accepting martyrdom. Millions since then have vowed that Jesus has answered their prayers, which a dead person cannot do. We too, you and I can bear contemporary witness from our own experience of his living presence and his loving care.

But what of resurrection? What did the disciples mean by it?

In Jesus is time, many Jews believed that the Messiah would bring about the kingdom of God on earth, when good Jews would live forever in ‘the life of the age’, when all enemies would be destroyed. Jesus used words that would have been familiar to them in his teaching, because otherwise they would not have understood him, but he gradually changed their understanding and brought new meaning.

The Sadducees, who did not believe in the resurrection of the dead, made fun of the Pharisees’ idea of a return to life on Earth — ‘She had seven husbands; are they all come back to Earth, whose wife will she be?’, they said as a taunt or at least a test. Jesus replied that there will be no arranged marriages when we are rise again, because we shall all be like the Angels. The Angels live not on Earth, but in heaven.

Furthermore Saul of Tarsus, the zealous Pharisee, had grown increasingly incensed with Christians for teaching that the kingdom of God had already begun here on Earth and no Romans had yet been destroyed. How could a Jewish vision of the Kingdom be contaminated with filthy foreigners?

Then Saul met Jesus, whom he knew to be dead, on the road to Damascus. That shattered his preconceptions; the far-distant resurrection had started already! Saul spent a dozen years in the Syrian desert trying to work out what this meant.

When Barnabas introduced him to the Roman governor of Cyprus, Saul, now called Paul, really took on board the idea that foreigners, too, could be included in the resurrection. But still St Paul believed in an earthly resurrection — you can watch his slowly changing thinking unfold in the letters he wrote.

When he wrote to the Thessalonians, he was still thinking of the physical resurrection, though not on Earth, but ‘in the air’, and it will take place in his lifetime: ‘For the Lord himself … will descend from heaven, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up in the clouds together with them to meet the Lord in the air; and so we will be with the Lord forever’.

Later, writing to the Corinthians, he was thinking of a more spiritual existence, and struggles for words to describe it: ‘It is sown in a physical body, it has raised a spiritual body … flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God … For this perishable body must put on imperishability, and this mortal body must put on immortality ‘.

‘The past is a foreign land — they do things differently there’, so they say, so it is hard for us to understand how people of the past looked on something as challenging as life after death. The Christian understanding of resurrection was clearly even changing while the Bible was being written. Over the centuries wise and faithful men and women have been inspired to offer further interpretations. Today, we are still absorbing new knowledge and attempting to describe what happens to us when we die. The language of quantum theory and multiverses have both been invoked.

Well the words some of use may change, but the reality of eternal life with Jesus remains the same. Put simply: Trust God. He would not have bothered to create us, if he had not intended something better for us after we have finished with this broken world.

Throughout the history of the church, great minds and some ordinary folk are developed various spiritual ideas of resurrection, and we should resist the urge to criticise those who think of resurrection in a way different from our own conception. The reason that I make such a bold statement is that none of us has the words, let alone the understanding, to describe the ineffable eternity and omnipotence of God in a way which is remotely adequate. However we attempt to describe and understand resurrection, we can only resort to metaphor.

The first disciples would not have understood a word if Jesus had spoken to them in the language of, say, relativity and multiple universes. God has always communicated in a language that is understandable to them; he makes his promises of a better life after death in words and with images that are familiar in our own time.

I believe that Jesus’ resurrection was certainly a truly physical miracle when the body of Jesus disappeared from the tomb. But who knows what his physical body was like in those days after the resurrection? Mary Magdalene was told by Jesus not to touch him yet, you will remember that his followers on the road to Emmaus did not recognise him until he broke the bread – something about him was different.

But we also know that St Paul had a life-changing vision of the risen Christ on the road to Damascus. Not a hallucination, which is caused by a disturbance in our own minds, but a vision, which is caused by someone who wishes to appear to us.

We cannot know what the original disciples and later Paul saw, but we know enough to believe in our hearts that Jesus is alive for evermore; and one day we shall be with him.

Praise to you indeed, Lord Jesus. You are our risen Christ. By dying you destroyed our death and in rising you have restored our life. As we know and you have promised, you, Lord Jesus, will come in glory. Amen

After the Sermon it is particularly appropriate for the congregation to re-affirm their baptismal vows.

The Renewal of Baptismal Vows

As we celebrate the resurrection
of our Lord Jesus Christ from the dead,
we remember that through the paschal mystery
we have died and been buried with him in baptism,
so that we may rise with him to a new life
within the family of his Church.

Now that we have completed our observance of Lent,
we renew the promises made at our baptism,
affirming our allegiance to Christ,
and our rejection of all that is evil

Therefore I ask these questions:

Do you reject the devil and all Rebellion against God?
I reject them.

Do you renounce the deceit and corruption of evil?
I renounce them.

Do you repent of the sins that separate us from God and neighbour?
I repent of them.

Do you turn to Christ as Saviour?
I turn to Christ.

Do you submit to Christ as Lord?
I submit to Christ.

Do you come to Christ, the way, the truth and the life?
I come to Christ.

The waters of Baptism are blessed:

Praise God who made heaven and earth,
who keeps his promise for ever.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give thanks and praise.

Almighty God, whose Son Jesus Christ was baptized in the river Jordan,
we thank you for the gift of water to cleanse us and revive us.

We thank you, that through the waters of the Red Sea,
you led your people out of slavery
to freedom in the Promised Land.

We thank you that through the deep waters of death
you brought your Son and raised him to life in triumph.

Bless this water, that your servants who are washed in it
may be made one with Christ in his death and in his resurrection;
to be cleansed and delivered from all sin.

Send your Holy Spirit upon them,
bring them to new birth in the household of faith
and raise them with Christ to full and eternal life; for all might, majesty, authority and power are yours, now and for ever.

Amen.

Brothers and sisters, I ask you to profess the faith of the Church.
Do you believe and trust in God the Father?

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.

Do you believe and trust in his Son Jesus Christ?

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son,
our Lord, who was conceived by
the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.

On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come to judge the living and the dead.

Do you believe and trust in the Holy Spirit?

I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.

 

Almighty God,
we thank you for our fellowship in the household of faith
with all who have been baptized in your name.

Keep us faithful to our baptism,
and so make us ready for that day
when the whole creation shall be made perfect in your Son,
our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen

May Christ dwell in your hearts through faith,
that you may be rooted and grounded in love
and bring forth the fruit of the Spirit. Amen.

Intercessions

In joy and hope let us pray to the Father.
That our risen Saviour may fill us with the joy
of his glorious and life-giving resurrection
we pray to the Father.

Every Day
the day and its tasks;
the world and its needs;
the Church and her life

In the Easter Season, specifically:
The people of God, that they may proclaim the risen Lord
God’s creation, that the peoples of the earth may meet their responsibility to care
Those in despair and darkness, that they may find the hope and light of Christ
Those in fear of death, that they may find faith through the resurrection
Prisoners and captives

Father, we thank you that by baptism
you have raised these your children with Christ
to new life in the Spirit.
Guide and protect them with your grace,
that they may follow you all their days
and grow in knowledge and love of you.

Father, by the victory of your Son,
give light to the world.

May Christ who conquered sin and death
keep his whole Church faithful to his gospel.
Help us always to hold fast to truth
and to walk in the way of life.

Father, by the victory of your Son,
give light to the world.

May the Holy Spirit fill the hearts and minds of all nations
to unite the world in peace and love.
By your healing power restore all that is broken
and unite us with you, our God and Father.

Father, by the victory of your Son,
give light to the world.

We pray for all who are affected by coronavirus,
through illness, including our Prime Minister,
or through isolation or anxiety,
that they may find relief and recovery:

Lord, hear us
Lord, graciously hear us.

We place into your guiding hands
those who are leading our nation at this time,
and shaping national policies,
and that inspired by your spirit
they may make wise decisions:

Lord, hear us
Lord, graciously hear us.

Wise God and source of all goodness
sustain and inspire all doctors, nurses and medical researchers,
that, despite their exhaustion, through their care, skill and insights
many will be restored to health:

Lord, hear us
Lord, graciously hear us.

Loving Father,
bring to the vulnerable and the fearful,
the gravely ill and the dying,
your comfort and peace:

Lord, hear us
Lord, graciously hear us.

Now we commend ourselves,
and all for whom we pray,
to the mercy and protection of God.

Merciful Father,
accept these prayers
for the sake of your Son,
our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

The Liturgy of the Eucharist

The Peace

The risen Christ came and stood among his disciples
and said, ‘Peace be with you.’
Then were they glad when they saw the Lord. Alleluia.

cf John 20.19

Alleluia.
The peace of the risen Christ be always with you

and also with you. Alleluia.

‘Christ is risen’.

Offertory Hymn:

HONS
Offertory Hymn                                          358/ –          Jesus, Prince and Saviour

Jesus, Prince and Saviour,
Lord of life who died,
Christ, the friend of sinners,
mocked and crucified;

In His power and Godhead
every victory won,
pain and passion ended,
all His purpose done;

Resurrection morning,
sinners’ bondage freed!
Christ the Lord is risen,
He is risen indeed!

Timothy Dudley-Smith
ST GERTRUDE
CCL: 182525

Preparation of the Table

Taking of the Bread and Wine

The gifts of the people may be gathered and presented.

The table is prepared and bread and wine are placed upon it.

Lord of life,
with unbounded joy we offer you our sacrifice of praise.
As we are fed with the bread of heaven
may we know your resurrection power;
through Christ our risen Lord.

Amen.

The president takes the bread and wine.

The Eucharistic Prayer

Alleluia, alleluia.
I am the first and the last, says the Lord, and the living one;
I was dead, and behold I am alive for evermore.

Alleluia.

The Lord be with you

and also with you.

Lift up your hearts.

We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give thanks and praise.

It is indeed right, our duty and our joy,
always and everywhere to give you thanks,
almighty and eternal Father,
and in these days of Easter
to celebrate with joyful hearts
the memory of your wonderful works.

For by the mystery of his passion
Jesus Christ, your risen Son,
has conquered the powers of death and hell
and restored in men and women the image of your glory.

He has placed them once more in paradise
and opened to them the gate of life eternal.

And so, in the joy of this Passover,
earth and heaven resound with gladness,
while angels and archangels and the powers of all creation
sing for ever the hymn of your glory:

Holy, holy, holy Lord,
God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is he that comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.

Accept our praises, heavenly Father,
through your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ,
and as we follow his example and obey his command,
grant that by the power of your Holy Spirit
these gifts of bread and wine
may be to us his body and his blood;

who, in the same night that he was betrayed,
took bread and gave you thanks;
he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying:
Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you;
do this in remembrance of me.

To you be glory and praise for ever.

In the same way, after supper
he took the cup and gave you thanks;
he gave it to them, saying:
Drink this, all of you;
this is my blood of the new covenant,
which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins.
Do this, as often as you drink it,
in remembrance of me.

To you be glory and praise for ever.

Therefore, heavenly Father,
we remember his offering of himself
made once for all upon the cross;
we proclaim his mighty resurrection and glorious ascension;
we look for the coming of your kingdom,
and with this bread and this cup
we make the memorial of Christ your Son our Lord.

Great is the mystery of faith:

Christ has died:
Christ is risen:
Christ will come again.

Accept through him, our great high priest,
this our sacrifice of thanks and praise,
and as we eat and drink these holy gifts
in the presence of your divine majesty,
renew us by your Spirit,
inspire us with your love
and unite us in the body of your Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord.

To you be glory and praise for ever.

Through him, and with him, and in him,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
with all who stand before you in earth and heaven,
we worship you, Father almighty,
in songs of everlasting praise:

Blessing and honour and glory and power
be yours for ever and ever. Amen.

Please be seated or kneel

As our Saviour taught us, so we pray:

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever.
Amen.

 

Breaking of the Bread

The president breaks the consecrated bread.

Jesus says, I am the bread of life,
whoever eats this bread will live for ever.

Lord, our hearts hunger for you;
give us this bread always.

Giving of Communion

The president says the invitation to communion

Alleluia. Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us.

Therefore let us keep the feast. Alleluia.

The president and people receive communion.

The following or other authorized words of distribution are used
The body of Christ, broken for you.
Amen.
The blood of Christ, shed for you.
Amen.

During the distribution hymns and anthems may be sung.

Post-Communion Hymn

AMNS
Post Communion hymn                  75              The Day of Resurrection

The day of resurrection!
Earth, tell it out abroad;
the Passover of gladness,
the Passover of God;
from death to life eternal,
from earth unto the sky,
our God hath brought us over
with hymns of victory.

Our hearts be pure from evil,
that we may see aright
the Lord in rays eternal
of resurrection-light;
and, listening to his accents,
may hear so calm and plain
his own ‘All hail’, and, hearing,
may raise the victor strain.

Now let the heavens be joyful,
and earth her song begin,
the round world keep high triumph,
and all that is therein;
let all things seen and unseen
their notes of gladness blend,
for Christ the Lord is risen,
our joy that hath no end.

St. John of Damascus
Translator: J. M. Neale
ELLACOMBE
Gesangbuch der Herzogl. Hofkapelle, Würtemberg, 1784

Any consecrated bread and wine which is not required for purposes of communion is consumed at the end of the distribution or after the service.

Prayer after Communion

Silence is kept.

God of Life,
who for our redemption gave your only-begotten Son
to the death of the cross,
and by his glorious resurrection
have delivered us from the power of our enemy:
grant us so to die daily to sin,
that we may evermore live with him in the joy of his risen life;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Almighty God,
we thank you for feeding us
with the body and blood of your Son Jesus Christ.
Through him we offer you our souls and bodies
to be a living sacrifice.
Send us out
in the power of your Spirit
to live and work
to your praise and glory. Amen.

The Dismissal

Alleluia. Christ is risen.

He is risen indeed. Alleluia!

Blessing

The God of peace,
who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus,
that great shepherd of the sheep,
through the blood of the eternal covenant,
make you perfect in every good work to do his will,
working in you that which is well-pleasing in his sight;
and the blessing of God almighty,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be among you and remain with you always.

Amen.

A minister says

Go in the joy and peace of Christ. Alleluia, Alleluia.

Thanks be to God. Alleluia, Alleluia. Alleluia.

You are invited to ring bells and of even set off party poppers in the last verse of final hymn

Recessional Hymn

HONS/AMNS
Final hymn        672/428                           Thine be the glory!

Thine be the glory, risen, conquering Son,
endless is the victory thou o’er death hast won;
angels in bright raiment rolled the stone away,
kept the folded grave-clothes where thy body lay.

Refrain:
Thine be the glory, risen, conquering Son,
endless is the victory thou o’er death hast won.

Lo, Jesus meets us, risen from the tomb;
lovingly he greets us, scatters fear and gloom;
let the church with gladness hymns of triumph sing,
for her Lord now liveth, death hath lost its sting:

Refrain

No more we doubt thee, glorious Prince of Life;
life is naught without thee: aid us in our strife;
make us more than conquerors through thy deathless love;
bring us safe through Jordan to thy home above: [Refrain]

Refrain

Edmond Budry (1854-1932)
Translator: Richard Birch Hoyle (1875-1939)
MACCABAEUS
George Frederick Handel (1685-1759)

Scripture:
John 20:3-9; Acts 5:31; 1 Corinthians 15:55-57

Copyright acknowledgement (where not already indicated above):

Some material included in this service is copyright: © The Archbishops’ Council 2000

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