Easter Service 


Procession of Paschal Candle (Stand)

Hymn #125 Christ The Lord Is Ris'n Today

1.Christ the Lord is ris'n today, Alleluia!
Sons of men and angels say, Alleluia!
Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia!
Sing ye heav'ns, and earth reply, Alleluia!

2. Lives again our glorious King, Alleluia!
Where, O death, is now thy sting? Alleluia!
Once He died our souls to save, Alleluia!
Where thy victory, O grave? Alleluia!

 
The light of Christ.
Thanks be to God.

(Be Seated)

 
Rejoice now, heavenly hosts and choirs of angels,
and let your trumpets shout Salvation
for the victory of our mighty King.

Rejoice and sing now, all the round earth,
bright with a glorious splendor,
for darkness has been vanquished by our eternal King.

Rejoice and be glad now, Mother Church,
and let your holy courts, in radiant light,
resound with the praises of your people.


The Lord be with you.
And with thy spirit.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give him thanks and praise.

IT is very meet, right, and our bounden duty, to give thanks unto thee, O Lord, Holy Father, Almighty, Everlasting God. BUT chiefly are we bound to praise thee for the glorious Resurrection of thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord: for he is the very Paschal Lamb, which was offered for us, and hath taken away the sin of the world; who by his death hath destroyed death, and by his rising to life again hath restored to us everlasting life.

This is the time, when all who believe in Christ are delivered from the gloom of sin, and are restored to grace and holiness of life.

This is the time, when Christ broke the bonds of death and hell, and rose victorious from the grave.

This is the time, when to redeem a slave, you gave a Son.


How holy is this time, when wickedness is put to flight, and sin is washed away.

How blessed is this time, when earth and heaven are joined and man is reconciled to God.


Let us pray

Holy Father, accept our sacrifices of praise and thanksgiving, the offering of this candle in your honor. May the light it represents shine continually to drive away all darkness. May Christ, the Morning Star who knows no setting, find it ever burning in our hearts- he who gives his light to all creation, and who lives and reigns for ever and ever.  Amen.


Alleluia, Christ the Lord is risen.
The Lord is risen indeed, Alleluia.

 
Hymn #144 He Is Risen, He is Risen (Stand)

1. He is risen, He is risen! Tell it out with joyful voice:
He has burst his three day prison, Let the whole wide earth rejoice.
Death is conquered, man is free, Christ has won the victory.

2. He is risen, He is risen! He hath opened heaven's gate;
We are free from sin's dark prison, Risen to a holier state;
And a brighter Easter beam On our longing eyes shall stream.

 
Call To General Confession

DEARLY beloved brethren, the Scripture moves us, in sundry places, to acknowledge and confess our manifold sins and wickedness; and that we should not dissemble nor cloak them before the face of Almighty God our heavenly Father; but confess them with a humble, lowly, penitent, and obedient heart; to the end that we may obtain forgiveness of the same, by his infinite goodness and mercy.
     And although we ought, at all times, humbly to acknowledge our sins before God; yet ought we chiefly so to do, when we assemble and meet together to render thanks for the great benefits that we have received at his hands, to set forth his most worthy praise, to hear his most holy Word, and to ask those things which are requisite and necessary, as well for the body as the soul.
     Wherefore I pray and beseech you, to accompany me with a pure heart, and humble voice, unto the throne of the heavenly grace,


Please kneel

Silent confession
 

Let us pray

ALMIGHTY and most merciful Father;
We have erred, and strayed from thy ways like lost sheep.
We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts.
We have offended against thy holy laws.
We have left undone those things which we ought to have done;
And we have done those things which we ought not to have done;  
And there is no health in us.

But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us, miserable offenders.
Spare thou those, O God, who confess their faults.
Restore thou those who are penitent;
According to thy promises declared unto mankind in Christ Jesus our Lord.

And grant, O most merciful Father, for his sake;
That we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober life, To the glory of thy holy Name. Amen.



The Declaration of Absolution, or Remission of Sins

ALMIGHTY God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who desireth not the death of a sinner, but rather that he may turn from his wickedness and live, hath given power, and commandment, to his Ministers, to declare and pronounce to his people, being penitent, the Absolution and Remission of their sins. He pardons and absolves all those who truly repent, and unfeignedly believe his holy Gospel.
     Wherefore let us beseech him to grant us true repentance, and his Holy Spirit, that those things may please him which we do at this present; and that the rest of our life hereafter may be pure and holy; so that at the last we may come to his eternal joy; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Let us 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, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.


O Lord, open thou our lips
And our mouth shall show forth thy praise.

Please Stand

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.


Praise ye the Lord.
The Lord’s Name be praised.

 
Let us read psalm 16 responsively

Psalm 16:5 The LORD is the portion of my inheritance and my cup; Thou dost support my lot.
6 The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places; Indeed, my heritage is beautiful to me.
8 I have set the LORD continually before me; Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.
9 Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices; My flesh also will dwell securely.
10 For Thou wilt not abandon my soul to Sheol; Neither wilt Thou allow Thy Holy One to undergo decay.
11 Thou wilt make known to me the path of life; In Thy presence is fullness of joy; In Thy right hand there are pleasures forever.

GLORY be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

 
Please be seated

 
The Epistle is written in the 3rd Chapter of St. Paul’s letter to the Colossians, beginning at the 1st verse.

If then you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory.

Here ends the Epistle.
Thanks be to God

 
Let us Stand and sing together Hymn  #132 The Strife Is O'er

1. Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
The strife is o'er, the battle done;
The victory of life is won;
The song of triumph has begun;
Alleluia!

2. He closed the yawning gates of hell;
The bars from heav'n's high portals fell;
Let hymns of praise His triumphs tell;
Alleluia!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!


Please be seated


The Gospel is written in the 20th Chapter of the Gospel according to St. John, beginning at the 1st verse.

Glory be to thee O Lord

Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came early to the tomb, while it was still dark, and saw the stone already taken away from the tomb. And so she ran and came to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and said to them, "They have taken away the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid Him." Peter therefore went forth, and the other disciple, and they were going to the tomb. And the two were running together; but the other disciple ran ahead faster than Peter, and came to the tomb first; and stooping and looking in, he saw the linen wrappings lying there; but he did not go in. Simon Peter therefore also came, following him, and he entered the tomb; and he beheld the linen wrappings lying there, and the face-cloth, which had been on His head, not lying with the linen wrappings, but rolled up in a place by itself. So the other disciple who had first come to the tomb entered then also, and he saw and believed. However, as of yet they did not understand the Scripture, that He must rise again from the dead. So the disciples went away again to their own homes.

The Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Praise be to thee O Christ


Please stand and let us say the Benedictus together responsively

                      Benedictus es Domine.
BLESSED art thou, O Lord God of our fathers;
  praised and exalted above all forever.
Blessed art thou for the Name of thy Majesty;
  praised and exalted above all forever.
Blessed art thou in the temple of thy holiness;
  Praised and exalted above all forever.
Blessed art thou that beholdest the depths, and dwellest between the Cherubim:
  praised and exalted above all forever.
Blessed art thou on the glorious throne of thy Kingdom:
  praised and exalted above all forever.
Blessed art thou in the firmament of heaven:
  praised and exalted above all forever.

GLORY be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

 
Christian, what is it that you believe?

I BELIEVE in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth:
    And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord: Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, Born of the Virgin Mary: Suffered under Pontius Pilate, Was crucified, dead, and buried: He descended into hell; The third day he rose again from the dead: He ascended into heaven, And sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty: From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
    I believe in the Holy Ghost: The holy Catholic Church; The Communion of Saints: The Forgiveness of sins: The Resurrection of the body: And the Life everlasting. Amen.



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The Lord be with you.
And with thy spirit.
Let us pray.


Please Kneel

 
O Lord, show thy mercy upon us.
 And grant us thy salvation
O God, make clean our hearts within us.
 And take not thy Holy Spirit from us.

 
The Collect of the Day (Easter Sunday)

ALMIGHTY God, who through thine only-begotten Son Jesus Christ has overcome death, and opened unto us the gate of everlasting life; We humbly beseech thee, that as by thy special grace preceding us thou dost put into our minds good desires, so by thy continual help we may bring the same to good effect; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost ever, one God, world without end. Amen.

 
A Collect for Peace.
Let us silently pray for God’s protection amid any circumstance or outward situation that threatens us or seek our harm

O GOD, who art the author of peace and lover of concord, in knowledge of whom standeth our eternal life, whose service is perfect freedom; Defend us thy humble servants in all assaults of our enemies; that we, surely trusting in thy defense, may not fear the power of any adversaries, through the might of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


A Collect for Grace
Let us silently pray for God’s grace amid any temptation or spiritual struggle that we are facing

O LORD, our heavenly Father, Almighty and everlasting God, who hast safely brought us to the beginning of this day; Defend us in the same with thy mighty power; and grant that this day we fall into no sin, neither run into any kind of danger; but that all our doings, being ordered by thy governance, may be righteous in thy sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


A Prayer for The President of the United States, and all in Civil Authority.
Let us silently pray for the President of the United States and for all our civil leaders

O LORD our Governor, whose glory is in all the world; We commend this nation to thy merciful care, that being guided by thy Providence, we may dwell secure in thy peace. Grant to THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, and to all in Authority, wisdom and strength to know and to do thy will. Fill them with the love of truth and righteousness; and make them ever mindful of their calling to serve this people in thy fear; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with thee and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.


A Prayer for our Nation in this time of Sickness
Let us silently pray for our nation and all those impacted by the Corona virus

O MOST mighty and merciful God, in this time of grievous sickness, we flee unto thee for succor. Deliver us, our nation, and all those around the world threatened by this Virus; give strength, skill, and thy divine protection to all those who minister to the sick; deliver and protect our elderly and all who are at high risk; give wisdom, courage, and direction to our leaders and healthcare experts and let thy hand guide their every response to this illness; prosper the means made use of for the cure and reduced spread of this virus; and grant that perceiving how frail and uncertain our life is, we may apply our hearts unto that heavenly wisdom which leads to eternal life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 
A Prayer for the Clergy and People
Let us silently pray for the clergy and the congregations of our communion

ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, from whom cometh every good and perfect gift; Send down upon our Bishops, and other Clergy, and upon the Congregations committed to their charge, the healthful Spirit of thy grace; and, that they may truly please thee, pour upon them the continual dew of thy blessing. Grant this, O Lord, for the honor of our Advocate and Mediator, Jesus Christ. Amen.


A Prayer for all Conditions of Men.
Let us silently pray for the various needs and conditions of all mankind (especially for the conversion of unbelievers and for the spiritual health of the Universal Church)

O GOD, the Creator and Preserver of all mankind, we humbly beseech thee for all sorts and conditions of men; that thou wouldest be pleased to make thy ways known unto them, thy saving health unto all nations. More especially we pray for thy holy Church universal; that it may be so guided and governed by thy good Spirit, that all who profess and call themselves Christians may be led into the way of truth, and hold the faith in unity of spirit, in the bond of peace, and in righteousness of life. Finally, we commend to thy fatherly goodness all those who are any ways afflicted, or distressed, in mind, body, or estate; [*especially….] we pray for these and all others that it may please thee to comfort and relieve them, according to their several necessities; giving them patience under their sufferings, and a happy issue out of all their afflictions. And this we beg for Jesus Christ’s sake. Amen.


A General Thanksgiving.
Let us silently thank God for all His many blessings and His goodness to us 

Please join with me in offering our prayer of thanksgiving together in unison

ALMIGHTY God, Father of all mercies,
we thine unworthy servants,
do give thee most humble and hearty thanks
for all thy goodness and lovingkindness
to us and to all men;

We bless thee for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of this life;
but above all,
for thine inestimable love
in the redemption of the world
by our Lord Jesus Christ;    
for the means of grace,   
and for the hope of glory.

And, we beseech thee,
give us that due sense of all thy mercies,
that our hearts may be unfeignedly thankful;
and that we show forth thy praise,
not only with our lips,
but in our lives,
by giving up ourselves to thy service,
and by walking before thee in holiness and righteousness all our days;
through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with thee and the Holy Ghost, be all honor and glory, world without end. Amen.


 
A Prayer of St. Chrysostom

ALMIGHTY God, who hast given us grace at this time with one accord to make our common supplications unto thee; and dost promise that when two or three are gathered together in thy Name thou wilt grant their requests; Fulfil now, O Lord, the desires and petitions of thy servants, as may be most expedient for them; granting us in this world knowledge of thy truth, and in the world to come life everlasting. Amen.

 
Let us stand and sing Hymn  #140 At The Lamb's High Feast We Sing

1. At the Lamb's high feast we sing
Praise to our victorious King.
Who hath washed us in the tide
Flowing from His pierc'ed side.
Praise we Him whose love divine
Gives His sacred blood for wine;
Gives His body for the feast,
Christ the victim, Christ the priest.

2. Easter triumph, Easter joy:
Sin alone can this destroy.
From sin's pow'r do Thou set free
Souls new-born, O Lord, in Thee.
Hymns of glory, songs of praise,
Father unto Thee we raise;
Risen Lord, all praise to Thee
With the Spirit ever be. AMEN.


Let us now kneel to receive the blessing of the Lord God

THE grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Ghost, be with us all evermore. Amen.


Here ends the Order of Morning Prayer