Easter Sunday Vespers

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

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

Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead
And Christ shall give you light.

You have died,
and your life is hid with Christ in God.
Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead.

Set your minds on things that are above,
not on things that are on the earth.
And Christ shall give you light.

When Christ our life appears
you will appear with him in glory.
Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead,
and Christ shall give you light.

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


Trisagion
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.

Opening Verse
Christ has offered one single sacrifice for sins, and then taken his place forever, at the right hand of God, where he is now waiting until his enemies are made into a footstool for him. By virtue of that one single offering, he has achieved the eternal perfection of all whom he is sanctifying. - Hebrews 10:12 - 14

HYMN

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.
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!
Alleluia.

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.
Alleluia.


Psalms

This is the day that the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.

1
Hallelujah!
Give praise, you servants of the LORD; *
     praise the Name of the LORD.
2
Let the Name of the LORD be blessed, *
     from this time forth for evermore.
3
From the rising of the sun to its going down *
     let the Name of the LORD be praised.
4
The LORD is high above all nations, *
     and his glory above the heavens.
5
Who is like the LORD our God, who sits enthroned on high, *
     but stoops to behold the heavens and the earth?
6
He takes up the weak out of the dust *
     and lifts up the poor from the ashes.
7
He sets them with the princes, *
     with the princes of his people.
8
He makes the woman of a childless house *
     to be a joyful mother of children.

1
Hallelujah!
When Israel came out of Egypt, *
     the house of Jacob from a people of strange speech,
2
Judah became God's sanctuary *
     and Israel his dominion.
3
The sea beheld it and fled; *
     Jordan turned and went back.
4
The mountains skipped like rams, *
     and the little hills like young sheep.
5
What ailed you, O sea, that you fled? *
     O Jordan, that you turned back?
6
You mountains, that you skipped like rams? *
     you little hills like young sheep?
7
Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord, *
     at the presence of the God of Jacob,
8
Who turned the hard rock into a pool of water *
     and flint-stone into a flowing spring.
This is the day that the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.

First Reading
Isaiah 51:9-11

Awake, awake, put on strength,
   O arm of the Lord!
Awake, as in days of old,
   the generations of long ago!
Was it not you who cut Rahab in pieces,
   who pierced the dragon?
Was it not you who dried up the sea,
   the waters of the great deep;
who made the depths of the sea a way
   for the redeemed to cross over?
So the ransomed of the Lord shall return,
   and come to Zion with singing;
everlasting joy shall be upon their heads;
   they shall obtain joy and gladness,
   and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.


Canticle
A Song to the Lamb
Dignus es - Revelation 4:11, 5:9-10, 13

Splendor and honor and kingly power *
are yours by right, O Lord our God,
For you created everything that is, *
and by your will they were created and have their being;
And yours by right, O Lamb that was slain, *
for with your blood you have redeemed for God,
From every family, language, people, and nation, *
a kingdom of priests to serve our God.
And so, to him who sits upon the throne, *
and to Christ the Lamb,
Be worship and praise, dominion and splendor, *
for ever and for evermore.


Second Reading
Luke 24:13-35

Now on that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and went with them, but their eyes were kept from recognizing him. And he said to them, ‘What are you discussing with each other while you walk along?’ They stood still, looking sad. Then one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answered him, ‘Are you the only stranger in Jerusalem who does not know the things that have taken place there in these days?’ He asked them, ‘What things?’ They replied, ‘The things about Jesus of Nazareth, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, and how our chief priests and leaders handed him over to be condemned to death and crucified him. But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things took place. Moreover, some women of our group astounded us. They were at the tomb early this morning, and when they did not find his body there, they came back and told us that they had indeed seen a vision of angels who said that he was alive. Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said; but they did not see him.’ Then he said to them, ‘Oh, how foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have declared! Was it not necessary that the Messiah should suffer these things and then enter into his glory?’ Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them the things about himself in all the scriptures.

 As they came near the village to which they were going, he walked ahead as if he were going on. But they urged him strongly, saying, ‘Stay with us, because it is almost evening and the day is now nearly over.’ So he went in to stay with them. When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight. They said to each other, ‘Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us?’ That same hour they got up and returned to Jerusalem; and they found the eleven and their companions gathered together. They were saying, ‘The Lord has risen indeed, and he has appeared to Simon!’ Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he had been made known to them in the breaking of the bread.


or


John 20:19-23

 When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you.’ After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.’ When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.’'


The angel said to the woman, fear nothing; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth./ He has been raised again, alleluia.

Magnificat

The angel said to the woman, fear nothing; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth./ He has been raised again, alleluia.
.


Kyrie Eleison


Collects

I.

O God, who for our redemption gave your only begotten Son to the death of the Cross, and by his glorious resurrection delivered us from the power of the enemy: Grant us so to die daily to sin, that we may evermore live with him in the joy of his resurrection; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
II.
O God, who made this holy night to shine with the glory of the Lord's resurrection: Stir up in your Church that Spirit of adoption which is given to us in Baptism, that we, being renewed both in body and mind, may worship you in sincerity and truth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
III.
Almighty God, who through your only begotten Son Jesus Christ overcame death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life: Grant that we, who celebrate with joy the day of the Lord's resurrection, may be raised from the death of sin by your life-giving Spirit; 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


INTERCESSIONS
Christ the Lord, who died and rose again, is always ready to give us help. Let us trustingly pray to him:

                          Victorious King, hear us.

Christ, the light and salvation of all people,
  -  pour out the flame of your Spirit upon us as we proclaim your resurrection.

May Israel recognise in you the fulfilment of its hopes
  -  and let all the world be filled with the knowledge of your glory.

Make us part of the communion of your saints
  -  and let us rest from our labours in their company.

You defeated the enemy, Death. Defeat also the enemy who is within us,
  -  let us be part of your undying victory.

Christ, our saviour, you were obedient even to death, you were raised up to the right hand of the Father.
  -  Look kindly on your brethren and bring them to your glorious kingdom.


Our Father...


O God, death has been defeated today by your only-begotten Son
 and the way to eternity lies open before us.
Grant that we who celebrate the feast of the Resurrection today
 may be renewed by your Spirit
 and rise again in living light.
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

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.

May God, who has brought us out of bondage to sin into true and lasting freedom in the Redeemer, bring us to our eternal inheritance. Amen.

And the blessing of God Almighty, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, be upon and remain with us for ever. Amen

 
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