Easter Morning

EASTER

A Devotion for Easter Morning from St Augustine’s Prayer Book

                                                               from ancient sources

An angel of the Lord in dazzling apparel was seated at the sepulcher. 
Which, when the women beheld, they were affrighted, and stood afar off. 
Then the angel answered and said unto them,

O:        Fear ye not, for he whom ye seek among the dead now liveth,
I say unto you, and with him hath risen from the dead the life
of all people Alleluia.

R:        O praise him that was crucified in the flesh, and glorify him that was buried
for you and adore him rising from the dead
.

O:        Fear ye not, for he whom ye seek among the dead now liveth,
I say unto you, and with him hath risen from the dead the
life of all people Alleluia.

R:        Christ being raised from the dead, dieth no more, death hath no more
dominion over him. The Lord hath risen from the grave
.

          O:        Who for us did hang upon the tree.  Alleluia.

 

A Gradual for Easter

This is the day that the Lord has made.  Let us be glad and rejoice in it.           
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is gracious;
because his mercy endures for ever.

R:        Alleluia.

O:        Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us.

R:        Alleluia.

O:        This is the day that the Lord has made.
            Let us be glad and rejoice in it.

 

Prayers

Rejoice now, heavenly hosts and choirs of angels.
Rejoice now, all the whole earth,
bright with a glorious splendor.

Rejoice and be glad now, Mother Church, and let your
holy courts in radiant light resound with the praises of your people.

For in Christ’s resurrection,
joy has come to the whole world.

O Almighty God, we come to seek the Living among the
living and to follow Christ as he goes before us to Galilee
and into joys eternal.  Let the hope of his Resurrection shine
 in our praises, as it leads us into more faithful witness and
more joyful service; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives
 and reigns in glory everlasting.  Amen.

The Light of radiant dawn streams out,
            And praise fills heaven all about.
            Earth echoes the exultant shout,
            and groaning hell is put to rout
.

 

Daily Morning Prayer:

On this day the Lord has acted; we will rejoice and be
glad in it.
   (Psalm 118:24)

 

The Invitatory and Psalter

Officiant       Alleluia. Christ is risen!

People          The Lord is risen indeed.  Alleluia!

Officiant and People

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as 
it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever.  Amen.

Invitatory Psalm, with antiphon

Alleluia.  The Lord is risen indeed: Come let us adore him. Alleluia.

Christ our Passover                                                              Pascha nostrum

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

Alleluia.
Christ our Passover has been sacrificed for us; *
therefore let us keep the feast,
Not with 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 has been raised from the dead, *
the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep.
For since by a man came death, *
by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead.
For as in Adam all die, *
so in Christ shall all be made alive. Alleluia.

Alleluia.  The Lord is risen indeed: Come let us adore him.

Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24                Confitemini Domino

1    Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; *
his mercy endures for ever.

2    Let Israel now proclaim, *
"His mercy endures for ever."

14   The Lord is my strength and my song, *
and he has become my salvation.

15   There is a sound of exultation and victory *
in the tents of the righteous:

16   "The right hand of the Lord has triumphed! *
the right hand of the Lord is exalted!
the right hand of the Lord has triumphed!"

17   I shall not die, but live, *
and declare the works of the Lord.

18   The Lord has punished me sorely, *
but he did not hand me over to death.

19   Open for me the gates of righteousness; *
I will enter them;
I will offer thanks to the Lord.

20   "This is the gate of the Lord; *
he who is righteous may enter."

21   I will give thanks to you, for you answered me *
and have become my salvation.

22   The same stone which the builders rejected *
has become the chief cornerstone.

23   This is the Lord's doing, *
and it is marvelous in our eyes.

24   On this day the Lord has acted; *
we will rejoice and be glad in it.

 Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: *
   as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever.  Amen.

 

The Lessons

 

The First Lesson

The reader says

A Reading from the 3rd chapter of the Letter to the Colossians,
beginning at the 1st verse

                                                                               (Colossians 3:1-4)

If you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above,
where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on
things that are above, not on things that are on earth, for you have
died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is
your life is revealed, then you also will be revealed with him in glory.

 

Reader                         The Word of the Lord.

People                              Thanks be to God.

 

11  The Third Song of Isaiah                      Surge, illuminare

                                                                                          Isaiah 60:1-3, 11a, 14c, 18-19

Arise, shine, for your light has come, *

    and the glory of the Lord has dawned upon you.

For behold, darkness covers the land; *

    deep gloom enshrouds the peoples.

But over you the Lord will rise, *

    and his glory will appear upon you.

Nations will stream to your light, *

    and kings to the brightness of your dawning.

Your gates will always be open; *

    by day or night they will never be shut.

They will call you, The City of the Lord, *

    The Zion of the Holy One of Israel.

Violence will no more be heard in your land, *

    ruin or destruction within your borders.

You will call your walls, Salvation, *

    and all your portals, Praise.

The sun will no more be your light by day; *

    by night you will not need the brightness of the moon.

The Lord will be your everlasting light, *

    and your God will be your glory.

 

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: *

   as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever.  Amen.

 

The Second Lesson

The Reader says: 

A Reading from the 20th chapter of the Gospel of John, beginning at the 1st verse

                                                                                     (John 18:1-20)

Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark,
Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone
had been removed from the tomb. So she ran and went to
Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved,
and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb,
and we do not know where they have laid him.” Then Peter
and the other disciple set out and went toward the tomb.
The two were running together, but the other disciple outran
Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent down to look in and
saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he did not go in.


Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb.
He saw the linen wrappings lying there, and the cloth that had
been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen wrappings but rolled
up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who reached the
tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; for as yet they
did not understand the scripture, that he must rise from the dead.
Then the disciples returned to their homes.

But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. As she wept, she 
bent over to look into the tomb; and she saw two angels in white,
sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying, one at the head
and the other at the feet. They said to her, “Woman, why are you
weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken away my Lord,
and I do not know where they have laid him.” When she had said
this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did
not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you
weeping? Whom are you looking for?”

Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have
carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take
him away.” Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to him in
Hebrew, “Rabbouni!” (which means Teacher). Jesus said to her,
“Do not hold on to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father.
But go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father
and your Father, to my God and your God.’” Mary Magdalene went
and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”; and she told
them that he had said these things to her.

Reader        The Word of the Lord.

People        Thanks be to God.

 

12    A Song of Creation            Benedictit, onmia opera Domini

                                                                       Song of the Three Young Men, vss

Invocation

Glorify the Lord, all you works of the Lord, *

    praise him and highly exalt him for ever.

In the firmament of his power, glorify the Lord, *

    praise him and highly exalt him for ever.

 

I    The Cosmic Order

Glorify the Lord, you angels and all powers of the Lord, *

    O heavens and all waters above the heavens.

Sun and moon and stars of the sky, glorify the Lord, *

    praise him and highly exalt him for ever.

 

Glorify the Lord, every shower of rain and fall of dew, *

    all winds and fire and heat.

Winter and Summer, glorify the Lord, *

    praise him and highly exalt him for ever.

 

Glorify the Lord, O chill and cold, *

drops of dew and flakes of snow.

Frost and cold, ice and sleet, glorify the Lord, *

    praise him and highly exalt him for ever.

 

Glorify the Lord, O nights and days, *

    O shining light and enfolding dark.

Storm clouds and thunderbolts, glorify the Lord, *

    praise him and highly exalt him for ever.

 

III  The People of God

Let the people of God glorify the Lord, *

    praise him and highly exalt him for ever.

Glorify the Lord, O priests and servants of the Lord, *

    praise him and highly exalt him for ever.

 

Glorify the Lord, O spirits and souls of the righteous, *

    praise him and highly exalt him for ever.

You that are holy and humble of heart, glorify the Lord, *

    praise him and highly exalt him for ever.

 

Doxology

Let us glorify the Lord: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; *

    praise him and highly exalt him for ever.

In the firmament of his power, glorify the Lord, *

    praise him and highly exalt him for ever.

 

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: *

   as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever.  Amen.

 

The Sermon

 

The Apostles’ Creed

 

Officiant and People together.

I believe in God, the Father almighty,

   creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.

   He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit

      and born of the Virgin Mary.

   He suffered under Pontius Pilate,

      was crucified, died, and was buried.

   He descended to the dead.

   On the third day he rose again.

   He ascended into heaven,

      and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

    He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

   the holy catholic Church,

   the communion of saints,

   the forgiveness of sins,

   the resurrection of the body,

   and the life everlasting.  Amen.

 

The Prayers

 

Officiant      The Lord be with you.

People        And also with you.

Officiant      Let us pray.

 

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                      

      who trespass against us.   

And lead us not into temptation,  

   but deliver us from evil.      

For thine is the kingdom,        

   and the power, and the glory,        

   for ever and ever.  Amen.        

 

Suffrages 

 

V.     Help us, O God our Savior;

R.     Deliver us and forgive us our sins.

V.     Look upon your congregation;

R.     Give to your people the blessing of peace.

V.     Declare your glory among the nations;

R.     And your wonders among all peoples.

V.     Do not let the oppressed be shamed and turned away;

R.     Never forget the lives of your poor.

V.     Continue your loving-kindness to those who know you;

R.     And your favor to those who are true of heart.

V.     Satisfy us by your loving-kindness in the morning;

R.     So shall we rejoice and be glad all the days of our life.

 

The Collect of the Day

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 our 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.

 

A Collect for Faith

Make our minds attentive, O Lord, and open our understanding,
that we may receive with gratitude the witness of prophet and psalmist
apostle and evangelist; let the scriptures give hope and quicken faith,
that we may ever walk in the joy of your resurrection.

Amen.

Interval Music

Prayers of the People

Father, we pray for your holy Catholic Church;

That we all may be one.

 

Grant that every member of the Church may truly and humbly
serve you;

That your Name may be glorified by all people.

 

We pray for all bishops, priests and deacons,

That they may be faithful ministers of your Word and Sacraments.

 

We pray for all who govern and hold authority in the nations
of the world;

That there may be justice and peace on the earth.

 

Give us grace to do your will in all that we undertake;

That our works may find favor in your sight.

 

Have compassion on those who suffer from any grief or trouble;

That they may be delivered from their distress.

 

Give to the departed eternal rest.

Let light perpetual shine upon them.

 

We praise you for your saints who have entered into joy;

May we also come to share in your heavenly kingdom.

 

The people may add their own prayers and intercessions.

 

Lord Jesus Christ, you said to your apostles, “Peace I give to
you; my own peace I leave with you.”  Regard not our sins,
but the faith of your Church, and give to us the peace and
unity of that heavenly City, where with the Father and the
Holy Spirit you live and reign, now and for ever.  Amen.

 

The General Thanksgiving                                      (All)

 

Almighty God, Father of all mercies,

we your unworthy servants give you humble thanks

for all your goodness and loving‑kindness

to us and to all whom you have made.

We bless you for our creation, preservation,

and all the blessings of this life;

but above all for your immeasurable love

in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ;

for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory.

And, we pray, give us such an awareness of your mercies,

that with truly thankful hearts we may show forth your praise,

not only with our lips, but in our lives,

by giving up our selves to your service,

and by walking before you

in holiness and righteousness all our days;

through Jesus Christ our Lord,

to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit,

be honor and glory throughout all ages.  Amen.

 

Officiant

A Prayer of St. Chrysostom

Almighty God, you have given us grace at this time with one

accord to make our common supplication to you; and you

have promised through your well‑beloved Son that when two

or three are gathered together in his Name you will be in the

midst of them:  Fulfill now, O Lord, our desires and petitions

as may be best for us; granting us in this world knowledge of

your truth, and in the age to come life everlasting.  Amen.

 

Let us bless the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

Glory to God whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more
than we can ask or imagine: Glory to God from generation
to generation in the Church, and in Christ Jesus for ever and ever.
Amen.                                                            
(Ephesians 3:20,21)

 

Sources:
The Book of Common Prayer
St. Augustine’s Prayer Book

Enriching Our Worship, Vol. 1

 

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