Great Vigil of Easter

Saturday, March 30, 2013                                                                                                    7:30 p.m.

The Great Vigil of Easter 

The Service of Light


Lighting of the New Fire 

As the candle is brought into the building, the congregation participates in the sung dialogue, three times.

The light of Christ.
             Thanks be to God. 

The Exsultet     

The Liturgy of the Word 

Genesis 1.1—2.4a (Creation) 

Hymn:  #416 – All Things Bright and Beautiful    


Almighty God, you wonderfully created the dignity of human nature
and yet more wonderfully restored it.   In your mercy, let us share the divine life of the one who came to share our humanity, Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord.  Amen. 

Exodus 14.10–31; 15.20–21 (Deliverance at the Red Sea)  

Canticle 1 (Exodus 15.1b–13, 17–18)    (pg 75)
Response:  I will sing to the Lord for his glorious triumph.

God of steadfast love, your wonderful deeds of old shine forth even to our own day.  By the power of your mighty arm you once delivered your chosen people from slavery under Pharaoh, to be a sign for us of the salvation of all nations by the water of baptism.  Grant that all the peoples of the earth may partake in the salvation of the Israelites and together dance on the safe side of the sea, through Jesus Christ, our Saviour and Lord.  Amen.

Zephaniah 3.14-20 (A Song of Joy) 

Psalm 98  (Chanted by Choir)

O Sing Unto the LORD a new song;
for he hath done marvellous things.

With his own right hand, and with his holy arm,
hath he gotten himself the victory.

The LORD hath declared his salvation:
His righteousness hath he openly shown in the sight of the nations.

He hath remembered his mercy and his faithfulness
toward the house of Israel; and all the ends of the world have seen the salvation of our God.

Show yourselves joyful unto the LORD, all ye lands: sing, rejoice, and give thanks.

Praise the LORD upon the harp: sing to the Lord with a psalm of thanksgiving.

With trumpets also and the sound of the horn, O show yourselves joyful before the LORD, the King.

Let the sea make a noise, and all that is therein; the round world, and they that dwell therein.

Let the floods clap their hands, and let the hills be joyful together before the LORD; for he is come to judge the earth.

With righteousness shall he judge the world, and the peoples with equity. 

O God of unchangeable power and eternal light, look favourably on your whole Church, that wonderful and sacred mystery.  By the effectual working of your providence, carry out in tranquillity the plan of salvation.  Let the whole world see and know that things which were cast down are being raised up, and things which had grown old are being made new, and that all things are being brought to their perfection by him through whom all things were made, your son Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen. 

Hymn:  362 – Tell Out, My Soul

The Easter Vigil Collect 
Eternal Giver of life and light, this holy night shines with the radiance of the risen Christ.  Renew your Church with the Spirit given to us in baptism, that we may worship you in sincerity and truth, and shine as a light in the world; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Reading:  Romans 6.3–11

Psalm 114 (response: Alleluia, alleluia) 

Gospel Gradual: #232 – Jesus Is Risen from the Grave  (verse 1 & 7)

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.

The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark
Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

Gospel Reading:  Luke 24.1-12    

The Gospel of Christ.
Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

Sermon – The Reverend Bill Byers 

The Renewal of Baptismal Vows 

Introduction by Celebrant 

Do you reaffirm your renunciation of evil and renew your commitment to Jesus Christ?
I do. 

Do you believe in God the Father?
I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. 

Do you believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God?
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. 

Do you believe in God the Holy Spirit?
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  

Will you continue in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in the prayers?
I will, with God’s help. 

Will you persevere in resisting evil and, whenever you fall into sin, repent and return to the Lord?
I will, with God’s help. 

Will you proclaim by word and example the good news of God in Christ?
I will, with God’s help. 

Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbour as yourself?
I will, with God’s help. 

Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every
human being?
I will, with God’s help. 

God the creator, the rock of our salvation, has given us new birth by water and the Holy
Spirit, and bestowed upon us the forgiveness of sins, through our Lord Jesus Christ.  May he keep us faithful to our calling, now and for ever.  Amen. 

The Peace

Celebrant: The peace of the Lord be always with you.
                  And also with you.

The Celebration of the First Easter Eucharist 

Presentation of Gifts  

Offertory Hymn: 220 – Christ is Risen, Christ is Risen 

Prayer over the Gifts 

Eucharistic Prayer   

The Lord be with you.
And also with you. 

Lift up your hearts.
We lift them to the Lord. 

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise. 

It is our duty and delight that we should at all times and in all places offer thanks and praise to you, O Lord, holy Father, almighty and ever living God.  But chiefly are we bound to praise you for the glorious resurrection of our Lord; for he is the true Passover Lamb who gave himself to take away our sin, who by his death has destroyed death, and by his rising has brought us to eternal life.  And so, with Mary Magdalene and Peter and all the witnesses of the resurrection, with earth and sea and all their creatures, and with angels and archangels, cherubim and seraphim, we praise your name and join their unending hymn: 

Holy, holy, holy Lord
God of power and might.
Heaven and earth are full of your glory;
Hosanna in the highest. 

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord,
Hosanna in the highest. 

O God most mighty, O God most merciful, O God our rock and our salvation, hear us as we praise, call us to your table, grant us your life.

When the world was a formless voice, you formed order and beauty. When Abraham and Sarah were barren, you sent them a child. When the Israelites were enslaved, you led them to freedom. Ruth faced starvation, David fought Goliath, and the psalmists cried out for healing, and full of compassion, you granted the people your life.

You entered our sorrows in Jesus our brother. He was born among the poor, he lived under oppression, he wept over the city. With infinite love, he granted the people your life.

In the night in which he was betrayed, our Lord Jesus took bread, and gave thanks; broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying: Take and eat; this is my body, given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.

Again, after supper, he took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it for all to drink, saying: This cup is the new covenant in my blood, shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sin. Do this for the remembrance of me.

Remembering his death, we cry out Amen.

Celebrating his resurrection, we shout Amen.

Trusting his presence in every time and place, we plead Amen.

O God, you are breath: send your Spirit on this meal. O God, you are Bread: feed us with yourself. O God, you are Wine: warm our hearts and make us one. O God, you are Fire: transform us with hope. 

O God most majestic, O God most motherly, O God our strength and our song, you show us a vision of a tree of life with fruits for all and leaves that heal the nations. Grant us such life, the life of the Father to the Son, the life of the Spirit of our risen Saviour, life in you, now and forever.  Amen. 

The Lord’s Prayer (sung)

The Breaking of the Bread 

Lord, we died with you on the cross.
Now we are raised to new life.
We were buried in your tomb.
Now we share in your resurrection.
Live in us, that we may live in you. 

Holy Communion 

Communion Hymn:  84 – Lord, Enthroned in Heavenly   Splendour 

Prayer after Communion
Giver of all, we are nourished with your Easter sacraments.
Fill us with the Spirit of love, and unite us in faith,
that we may be witnesses to the resurrection
and show your glory to all the world,
in the name of Jesus Christ the risen Lord. 

Glory to God, whose power, working within 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. 


Recessional Hymn: 239 – Jesus Lives!  Thy Terrors Now 


Postlude:  Sonata in E Minor:  Allegretto (C.P.E. Bach)                                                                                                     





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