Easter Monday Vespers

O God, make speed to save us.
O Lord, make haste to help us

Holy God, Holy and mighty, Holy immortal one,
Have mercy on us. (3x)
Latin. Sanctus Deus, Sanctus Fortis, Sanctus immortalis,
Miserere nobis.
Greek. Agios o theos, Agios ischyros, Agios athanatos,
Eleison imas.

Alleluia! Christ is Risen! The Lord is Risen Indeed! Alleluia!

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 splendour,
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.

Alleluia! Christ is Risen! The Lord is Risen Indeed! Alleluia!.

Opening Verse
Our High Priest has his place at the right of the throne of divine Majesty in the heavens, and he is the minister of the sanctuary and of the true Tent of Meeting which the Lord, and not any man, set up. It is the duty of every high priest to offer gifts and sacrifices. - Hebrews 8:1 - 3


Christ Jesus lay in death's strong bands
for our offenses given;
but now at God's right hand he stands
and brings us life from heaven;
Therefore let us joyful be,
and praise the Father thankfully
With songs of alleluia.

How long and bitter was the strife
when life and death contended;
the victory remained with life,
the reign of death was ended;
stripped of power, no more it reigns,
an empty form alone remains;
death's sting is lost for ever!

So let us keep this festival
To which our Lord invites us;
The Savior who is joy of all,
the sun that warms and lights us;
by his grace he shall impart
eternal sunshine to the heart;
the night of sin is ended.


Be joyful in God, all you lands; *
     sing the glory of his Name;
     sing the glory of his praise.
Say to God, "How awesome are your deeds! *
     because of your great strength your enemies cringe before you.
All the earth bows down before you, *
     sings to you, sings out your Name."
Come now and see the works of God, *
     how wonderful he is in his doing toward all people.
He turned the sea into dry land,
so that they went through the water on foot, *
     and there we rejoiced in him.
In his might he rules for ever;
his eyes keep watch over the nations; *
     let no rebel rise up against him.
Bless our God, you peoples; *
     make the voice of his praise to be heard;
Who holds our souls in life, *
     and will not allow our feet to slip.
For you, O God, have proved us; *
     you have tried us just as silver is tried.
You brought us into the snare; *
     you laid heavy burdens upon our backs.
You let enemies ride over our heads;
we went through fire and water; *
     but you brought us out into a place of refreshment.
I will enter your house with burnt-offerings
and will pay you my vows, *
     which I promised with my lips
     and spoke with my mouth when I was in trouble.
I will offer you sacrifices of fat beasts
     with the smoke of rams; *
     I will give you oxen and goats.
Come and listen, all you who fear God, *
     and I will tell you what he has done for me.
I called out to him with my mouth, *
     and his praise was on my tongue.
If I had found evil in my heart, *
     the Lord would not have heard me;
But in truth God has heard me; *
     he has attended to the voice of my prayer.
Blessed be God, who has not rejected my prayer, *
     nor withheld his love from me.

First Reading

Exodus 12:14-27

This day shall be a day of remembrance for you. You shall celebrate it as a festival to the Lord; throughout your generations you shall observe it as a perpetual ordinance. Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread; on the first day you shall remove leaven from your houses, for whoever eats leavened bread from the first day until the seventh day shall be cut off from Israel. On the first day you shall hold a solemn assembly, and on the seventh day a solemn assembly; no work shall be done on those days; only what everyone must eat, that alone may be prepared by you. You shall observe the festival of unleavened bread, for on this very day I brought your companies out of the land of Egypt: you shall observe this day throughout your generations as a perpetual ordinance. In the first month, from the evening of the fourteenth day until the evening of the twenty-first day, you shall eat unleavened bread. For seven days no leaven shall be found in your houses; for whoever eats what is leavened shall be cut off from the congregation of Israel, whether an alien or a native of the land. You shall eat nothing leavened; in all your settlements you shall eat unleavened bread.

Then Moses called all the elders of Israel and said to them, ‘Go, select lambs for your families, and slaughter the passover lamb. Take a bunch of hyssop, dip it in the blood that is in the basin, and touch the lintel and the two doorposts with the blood in the basin. None of you shall go outside the door of your house until morning. For the Lord will pass through to strike down the Egyptians; when he sees the blood on the lintel and on the two doorposts, the Lord will pass over that door and will not allow the destroyer to enter your houses to strike you down. You shall observe this rite as a perpetual ordinance for you and your children. When you come to the land that the Lord will give you, as he has promised, you shall keep this observance. And when your children ask you, “What do you mean by this observance?” you shall say, “It is the passover sacrifice to the Lord, for he passed over the houses of the Israelites in Egypt, when he struck down the Egyptians but spared our houses.” ’ And the people bowed down and worshipped.

A Song of New Creation

'I am the Lord, your Holy One, •
        the Creator of Israel, your king.'
Thus says the Lord, who makes a way in the sea, •
        a path in the mighty waters,
'Remember not the former things, •
        nor consider the things of old.
'Behold, I am doing a new thing; •
        now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
'I will make a way in the wilderness
and rivers in the desert, •
        to give drink to my chosen people,
'The people whom I formed for myself, •
        that they might declare my praise.'

Second Reading
1 Cor. 15:1-11
Now I should remind you, brothers and sisters, of the good news that I proclaimed to you, which you in turn received, in which also you stand, through which also you are being saved, if you hold firmly to the message that I proclaimed to you—unless you have come to believe in vain.

For I handed on to you as of first importance what I in turn had received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures, and that he was buried, and that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers and sisters at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have died. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all, as to someone untimely born, he appeared also to me. For I am the least of the apostles, unfit to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace towards me has not been in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them—though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me. Whether then it was I or they, so we proclaim and so you have come to believe.

Go and take word to my brothers that they are to leave for Galillee; / they will see me there, alleluia.

Go and take word to my brothers that they are to leave for Galillee; / they will see me there, alleluia.


Grant, we pray, Almighty God, that we who celebrate with awe the Paschal Feast may be found worthy to attain to everlasting joys; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Personal Prayers and Thanksgivings


The Holy Spirit gave life to Christ’s humanity and made him in turn a giver of life. Let us call joyfully on the Lord:
- Renew all things, Lord, and give them life.
Christ, saviour of the world, king of the new creation, turn our minds towards your kingdom
  -  where you sit at the right hand of the Father. (R.)
Lord, you live for ever in your Church.
  -  Through your spirit, lead it forward into truth and faithfulness.(R.)
Take pity on those who labour, on the sick and the dying.
  -  Give them strength and endurance.(R.)
Christ, inexhaustible Light, as the day’s light fades we offer you our devotion
  -  and we ask for the light of your resurrection to shine upon our brethren who have died.(R.)

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 that trespass against us,
and lead us not into temptation,
 but deliver us from evil.

O God, you are forever adding new members to your Church through baptism.
 Grant to your servants that they may hold fast to the holy life
 that they have come to recognise through faith.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
 who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
 God for ever and ever.

Let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

May God, who through the water of baptism has raised us from sin into newness of life, make us holy and worthy to be united with Christ forever.


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