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Alfred Dunholm

Easter morning service

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Just a quick note before we start; what appears below, a celebration of Christ rising to new life, must always been remembered in the context of his death on the cross three days previously. For our sins he, the innocent lamb amongst all humans, was put to death; but by rising again he washed us clean from our sin and showed us the way in which we must live our lives to share in his glory with God our Eternal Father in Heaven when our time to pass from this life comes. Also, this was written very early on Easter day, hence the "night" references ;).

 

I'd like to wish you all a very happy and blesséd Easter!

 

Dearest brother and sisters in Christ, on this most Holy night, when our Lord Jesus Christ passed from death to life, the Church throughout the world invites her children to come together in prayer and vigil for the coming of our Saviour. This is the Passover of Jesus Christ, we remember his death and resurrection by hearing the words of God; confident that we shall share in his victory over death and live with him forever in God.

 

Eternal God, who made this Holy night to shine with the brightness of your one true light; set us aflame with the fire of your love, and bring us to the radiance of your Heavenly glory, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

Christ is yesterday and today, the beginning and the end, Alpha and Omega, all time belongs to him, and all ages; to him be the glory and power, through every age and forever and ever. Amen.

 

Exultet

 

Rejoice, heavenly powers! Sing choir of angels!

Exult all creation around God’s throne.

Jesus Christ our King is risen, sound the trumpet of salvation!

Rejoice, o’earth, in shining splendour,

radiant in the brightness of your King!

 

As We await the coming of the risen Christ, let us hear the record of God’s saving deeds in history, recalling how he saved his people in ages past and in the fullness of time sent his son to be our Redeemer; and let us pray that through this Easter celebration God may bring to perfection in each of us the saving work he has begun.

 

A reading from the book of Exodus, chapter 14.

 

10 As Pharaoh approached, the Israelites looked up, and there were the Egyptians, marching after them. They were terrified and cried out to the LORD. 11 They said to Moses, “Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you brought us to the desert to die? What have you done to us by bringing us out of Egypt? 12 Didn’t we say to you in Egypt, ‘Leave us alone; let us serve the Egyptians’? It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert!”

13 Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. 14 The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.”

 

15 Then the LORD said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on. 16 Raise your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea to divide the water so that the Israelites can go through the sea on dry ground. 17 I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians so that they will go in after them. And I will gain glory through Pharaoh and all his army, through his chariots and his horsemen. 18 The Egyptians will know that I am the LORD when I gain glory through Pharaoh, his chariots and his horsemen.”

 

19 Then the angel of God, who had been traveling in front of Israel’s army, withdrew and went behind them. The pillar of cloud also moved from in front and stood behind them, 20 coming between the armies of Egypt and Israel. Throughout the night the cloud brought darkness to the one side and light to the other side; so neither went near the other all night long.

21 Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and all that night the LORD drove the sea back with a strong east wind and turned it into dry land. The waters were divided, 22 and the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with a wall of water on their right and on their left.

 

23 The Egyptians pursued them, and all Pharaoh’s horses and chariots and horsemen followed them into the sea. 24 During the last watch of the night the LORD looked down from the pillar of fire and cloud at the Egyptian army and threw it into confusion. 25 He jammed[a] the wheels of their chariots so that they had difficulty driving. And the Egyptians said, “Let’s get away from the Israelites! The LORD is fighting for them against Egypt.”

26 Then the LORD said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand over the sea so that the waters may flow back over the Egyptians and their chariots and horsemen.” 27 Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and at daybreak the sea went back to its place. The Egyptians were fleeing toward it, and the LORD swept them into the sea. 28 The water flowed back and covered the chariots and horsemen—the entire army of Pharaoh that had followed the Israelites into the sea. Not one of them survived.

29 But the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with a wall of water on their right and on their left. 30 That day the LORD saved Israel from the hands of the Egyptians, and Israel saw the Egyptians lying dead on the shore. 31 And when the Israelites saw the mighty hand of the LORD displayed against the Egyptians, the people feared the LORD and put their trust in him and in Moses his servant.

 

The Prayers

God the Father,

have mercy on us.

 

God the Son,

have mercy on us.

 

God the Holy Spirit,

have mercy on us.

 

Holy, blessed and glorious Trinity,

have mercy on us.

 

From all evil and mischief;

from pride, vanity and hypocrisy;

from envy, hatred and malice;

and from all evil intent,

good Lord, deliver us.

 

From sloth, worldliness and love of money;

from hardness of heart

and contempt for your word and your laws,

good Lord, deliver us.

 

In all times of sorrow;

in all times of joy;

in the hour of death,

and at the day of judgement,

good Lord, deliver us.

 

Give us true repentance;

forgive us our sins of negligence and ignorance

and our deliberate sins;

and grant us the grace of your Holy Spirit

to amend our lives according to your Holy word.

Holy God,

Holy and strong,

Holy and immortal,

have mercy upon us.

 

The Easter Acclamation

 

Alleluia! Christ is risen!

He is risen indeed. Alleluia!

 

The Collect

God of glory,

by the raising of your Son

you have broken the chains of death and hell:

fill your Church with faith and hope;

for a new day has dawned and the way to life

stands open in our Saviour Jesus Christ.

Amen

 

The Epistle: a reading from 1 Corinthians 15

 

19 If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.

 

20 But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21 For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. 22 For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. 23 But each in turn: Christ, the firstfruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him. 24 Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power. 25 For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. 26 The last enemy to be destroyed is death.

 

A Reading from the Gospel According to Luke, chapter 24

 

1 On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. 2 They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3 but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4 While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. 5 In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? 6 He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: 7 ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ ” 8 Then they remembered his words.

9 When they came back from the tomb, they told all these things to the Eleven and to all the others. 10 It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the others with them who told this to the apostles. 11 But they did not believe the women, because their words seemed to them like nonsense. 12 Peter, however, got up and ran to the tomb. Bending over, he saw the strips of linen lying by themselves, and he went away, wondering to himself what had happened.

 

Blessing

 

Alleluia! Christ is risen!

He is risen indeed! Alleluia!

 

The God of peace, who brough again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the eternal covenant, make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well pleasing in his sight; and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the son and the Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always. Amen.

 

 

 

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Thank you :). In addition to the above i heard the following sung in the cathedral i attend earlier today and thought it to be quite nice, so i'll share it:

 

Awake, thou wintry earth, fling off, fling off they sadness.

Ye vernal flowers, laugh forth, laugh forth your ancient gladness.

A new and lovely tale throughout the land is sped, it floats o'er hill

and dale to tell that death is dead. Descended to the grave, where our

loved lie sleeping, hath Christ returned to save man's heart from woe

and weeping. O earth, break forth and sing, renew they bright array,

with fairest blooms of spring bestrew the Saviour's way.

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