Easter Saturday Matins

Lord, open our lips.
And our mouth shall proclaim your praise.

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!

Pascha nostrum 1 Corinthians 5:7-8; Romans 6:9-11; 1 Corinthians 15:20-22

Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us; *
therefore let us keep the feast,

Not with the old leaven, the leaven of malice and evil, *
but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. Alleluia.

Christ being raised from the dead will never die again; *
death no longer has dominion over him.

The death that he died, he died to sin, once for all; *
but the life he lives, he lives to God.

So also consider yourselves dead to sin, *
and alive to God in Jesus Christ our Lord. Alleluia.

Christ is risen from the dead, *
the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep.

For since by a man came death, *
by a man came also the resurrection of the dead.

For as in Adam all die, *
even so in Christ shall all be made alive. Alleluia.

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

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 which he endured, Alleluia!
Our salvation have procured; Alleluia!
Now above the sky he's King, Alleluia!
Where the angels ever sing. Alleluia!

Praise to God the Father sing, Alleluia.
Praise to God the Son our King, Alleluia.
Praise to God the Spirit be, Alleluia.
Now and through eternity, Alleluia.
Text: Charles Wesley; Melody: Easter Hymn; Midi: Cyberhymnal

Opening Verse
The life and death of each of us has its influence on others; if we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord, so that alive or dead we belong to the Lord. This explains why Christ both died and came to life, it was so that he might be Lord both of the dead and of the living. - Romans 14:7 - 9


I will exalt you, O God my King, *
     and bless your Name for ever and ever.
Every day will I bless you *
     and praise your Name for ever and ever.
Great is the LORD and greatly to be praised; *
     there is no end to his greatness.
One generation shall praise your works to another *
     and shall declare your power.
I will ponder the glorious splendor of your majesty *
     and all your marvelous works.
They shall speak of the might of your wondrous acts, *
     and I will tell of your greatness.
They shall publish the remembrance of your great goodness; *
     they shall sing of your righteous deeds.
The LORD is gracious and full of compassion, *
     slow to anger and of great kindness.
The LORD is loving to everyone *
     and his compassion is over all his works.
All your works praise you, O LORD, *
     and your faithful servants bless you.
They make known the glory of your kingdom *
     and speak of your power;
That the peoples may know of your power *
     and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom; *
     your dominion endures throughout all ages.
The LORD is faithful in all his words *
     and merciful in all his deeds.
The LORD upholds all those who fall; *
     he lifts up those who are bowed down.
The eyes of all wait upon you, O LORD, *
     and you give them their food in due season.
You open wide your hand *
     and satisfy the needs of every living creature.
The LORD is righteous in all his ways *
     and loving in all his works.
The LORD is near to those who call upon him, *
     to all who call upon him faithfully.
He fulfills the desire of those who fear him; *
     he hears their cry and helps them.
The LORD preserves all those who love him, *
     but he destroys all the wicked.
My mouth shall speak the praise of the LORD; *
     let all flesh bless his holy Name for ever and ever.

First Reading

Isaiah 25:1-9

O Lord, you are my God;
   I will exalt you, I will praise your name;
for you have done wonderful things,
   plans formed of old, faithful and sure.
For you have made the city a heap,
   the fortified city a ruin;
the palace of aliens is a city no more,
   it will never be rebuilt.
Therefore strong peoples will glorify you;
   cities of ruthless nations will fear you.
For you have been a refuge to the poor,
   a refuge to the needy in their distress,
   a shelter from the rainstorm and a shade from the heat.
When the blast of the ruthless was like a winter rainstorm,
   the noise of aliens like heat in a dry place,
you subdued the heat with the shade of clouds;
   the song of the ruthless was stilled.

On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples
   a feast of rich food, a feast of well-matured wines,
   of rich food filled with marrow, of well-matured wines strained clear.
And he will destroy on this mountain
   the shroud that is cast over all peoples,
   the sheet that is spread over all nations;
he will swallow up death for ever.
Then the Lord God will wipe away the tears from all faces,
   and the disgrace of his people he will take away from all the earth,
   for the Lord has spoken.
It will be said on that day,
   Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, so that he might save us.
   This is the Lord for whom we have waited;
   let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.


Song of Moses Exodus 15.1b–3,6,10,13,17

I will sing to the Lord, who has triumphed gloriously, •
the horse and his rider he has thrown into the sea.
The Lord is my strength and my song •
and has become my salvation.
This is my God whom I will praise, •
the God of my forebears whom I will exalt.
The Lord is a warrior, •
the Lord is his name.
Your right hand, O Lord, is glorious in power: •
your right hand, O Lord, shatters the enemy.
At the blast of your nostrils, the sea covered them; •
they sank as lead in the mighty waters.
In your unfailing love, O Lord, •
you lead the people whom you have redeemed.
And by your invincible strength •
you will guide them to your holy dwelling.
You will bring them in and plant them, O Lord, •
in the sanctuary which your hands have established.

Second Reading

Mark 12:18-27

Some Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to him and asked him a question, saying, ‘Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies, leaving a wife but no child, the man shall marry the widow and raise up children for his brother. There were seven brothers; the first married and, when he died, left no children; and the second married her and died, leaving no children; and the third likewise; none of the seven left children. Last of all the woman herself died. In the resurrection whose wife will she be? For the seven had married her.’

Jesus said to them, ‘Is not this the reason you are wrong, that you know neither the scriptures nor the power of God? For when they rise from the dead, they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven. And as for the dead being raised, have you not read in the book of Moses, in the story about the bush, how God said to him, “I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob”? He is God not of the dead, but of the living; you are quite wrong.’

Jesus said to the disciples, Go forth to every part of the world, / and proclaim the Good News to the whole creation, alleluia.

Jesus said to the disciples, Go forth to every part of the world, / and proclaim the Good News to the whole creation, alleluia.

We thank you, heavenly Father, that you have delivered us from the dominion of sin and death and brought us into the kingdom of you Son; and we pray that, as by his death he has recalled us to life, so by his love he may raise us to eternal 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


Christ is the bread of life, and on the last day he will raise up those who have shared the feast of his body and blood. Therefore with joy we pray:
- Lord, give us peace and joy.
You are the Son of God – raised from the dead, you are the Lord of life:
  -  bless and sanctify us and all our brethren. (R.)
You give peace and joy to all who believe in you:
  -  let us walk as children of light and rejoice in your victory.(R.)
Give your help to your Church in her pilgrimage on earth:
  -  help her to bear witness to your resurrection.(R.)
Having suffered much, you entered into the Father’s glory:
  -  look upon those who mourn and turn their sadness into rejoicing.(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, in your abundant grace you increase the number of those who believe in you.
Grant to your chosen people
 that those who have been reborn in the sacrament of baptism
 may be clothed in the blessedness of eternal life.

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 Almighty, who has redeemed us and made us his children through the resurrection of his Son our Lord, bestow upon us the riches of his blessing. Amen


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