Easter Tuesday 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!

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!.

Opening Verse
The Lord is the living stone, rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him; set yourselves close to him so that you too, the holy priesthood that offers the spiritual sacrifices which Jesus Christ has made acceptable to God, may be living stones making a spiritual house. - 1 Peter 2:4 - 5


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.


I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart, *
     in the assembly of the upright, in the congregation.
Great are the deeds of the LORD! *
     they are studied by all who delight in them.
His work is full of majesty and splendor, *
     and his righteousness endures for ever.
He makes his marvelous works to be remembered; *
     the LORD is gracious and full of compassion.
He gives food to those who fear him; *
     he is ever mindful of his covenant.
He has shown his people the power of his works *
     in giving them the lands of the nations.
The works of his hands are faithfulness and justice; *
     all his commandments are sure.
They stand fast for ever and ever, *
     because they are done in truth and equity.
He sent redemption to his people;
he commanded his covenant for ever; *
     holy and awesome is his Name.
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; *
     those who act accordingly have a good understanding;
     his praise endures for ever.
When Israel came out of Egypt, *
     the house of Jacob from a people of strange speech,
Judah became God's sanctuary *
     and Israel his dominion.
The sea beheld it and fled; *
     Jordan turned and went back.
The mountains skipped like rams, *
     and the little hills like young sheep.
What ailed you, O sea, that you fled? *
     O Jordan, that you turned back?
You mountains, that you skipped like rams? *
     you little hills like young sheep?
Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord, *
     at the presence of the God of Jacob,
Who turned the hard rock into a pool of water *
     and flint-stone into a flowing spring.
First Reading

Exod. 12:28-39

The Israelites went and did just as the Lord had commanded Moses and Aaron.

At midnight the Lord struck down all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh who sat on his throne to the firstborn of the prisoner who was in the dungeon, and all the firstborn of the livestock. Pharaoh arose in the night, he and all his officials and all the Egyptians; and there was a loud cry in Egypt, for there was not a house without someone dead. Then he summoned Moses and Aaron in the night, and said, ‘Rise up, go away from my people, both you and the Israelites! Go, worship the Lord, as you said. Take your flocks and your herds, as you said, and be gone. And bring a blessing on me too!’

The Egyptians urged the people to hasten their departure from the land, for they said, ‘We shall all be dead.’ So the people took their dough before it was leavened, with their kneading-bowls wrapped up in their cloaks on their shoulders. The Israelites had done as Moses told them; they had asked the Egyptians for jewellery of silver and gold, and for clothing, and the Lord had given the people favour in the sight of the Egyptians, so that they let them have what they asked. And so they plundered the Egyptians.

The Israelites journeyed from Rameses to Succoth, about six hundred thousand men on foot, besides children. A mixed crowd also went up with them, and livestock in great numbers, both flocks and herds. They baked unleavened cakes of the dough that they had brought out of Egypt; it was not leavened, because they were driven out of Egypt and could not wait, nor had they prepared any provisions for themselves.


Philippians 2:5-11

Have this mind among yourselves,
which is yours in Christ Jesus,
who, though he was in the form of God,
did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped,
but emptied himself,
taking the form of a servant,
being born in the likeness of men.
And being found in human form
he humbled himself
and became obedient unto death,
even death on a cross.
Therefore God has highly exalted him
and bestowed on him the name which is above every name,
that at the name of Jesus
every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue confess
that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.

Second Reading
1 Cor 15:12-28
Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say there is no resurrection of the dead? If there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised; and if Christ has not been raised, then our proclamation has been in vain and your faith has been in vain. We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified of God that he raised Christ—whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised. If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. Then those also who have died in Christ have perished. If for this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.

But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have died. For since death came through a human being, the resurrection of the dead has also come through a human being; for as all die in Adam, so all will be made alive in Christ. But each in his own order: Christ the first fruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ. Then comes the end, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father, after he has destroyed every ruler and every authority and power. For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death. For ‘God has put all things in subjection under his feet.’ But when it says, ‘All things are put in subjection’, it is plain that this does not include the one who put all things in subjection under him. When all things are subjected to him, then the Son himself will also be subjected to the one who put all things in subjection under him, so that God may be all in all.

Mary of Magdala went to the disciples with her news: I have seen the Lord, alleluia.

Mary of Magdala went to the disciples with her news: I have seen the Lord, alleluia.

Kyrie Eleison

O God, who by the glorious resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ destroyed death and brought life and immortality to light: Grant that we, who have been raised with him, may abide in his presence and rejoice in the hope of eternal glory; 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 was enfolded in the earth and emerged to the light of a new glory. Let us rejoice and cry out to him:
- King of glory, hear us.
For bishops, priests, and deacons: let them perform their ministry with care.
  -  We beg you, Lord: let them bring you the gift of a people eager to do good. (R.)
For teachers whose task it is to serve your Church –
  -  we beg you, Lord: let them seek your truth in purity of heart.(R.)
For the Church’s faithful: may they fight the good fight of faith.
  -  We beg you, Lord: let them run the race through, and earn the prize of your kingdom.(R.)
On the cross you cancelled the sentence of damnation:
  -  loose our bonds and free us from the shadows.(R.)
You went down into the underworld and threw open its gates:
  -  admit to your kingdom 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 have healed us with the Easter mysteries.
Accompany your people’s journey with gifts from heaven,
 until they achieve perfect freedom
 and rejoice in heaven just as they do now on earth.

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


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