Easter Vigil

Baptized into Christ's death

      Those who enter God's rest also cease from their labours as God did from his. Let us therefore make every effort to enter that rest. Hebrews 4:10-11
      Grant, Lord, that as we have been baptized into the death of your dear Son our Saviour Jesus Christ, so by continually putting to death our sinful desires we may die to sin and be buried with him, and that through the grave and gate of death we may pass to our joyful resurrection; for his sake who died and was buried and rose again for us, your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. BCP. Easter Eve.
      Let us pray [that the risen Christ will raise us up and renew our lives]
      Lord God, you have brightened this night with the radiance of the risen Christ. Quicken the spirit of sonship in your church; renew us in mind and body to give you whole-hearted service. Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. AAPB
      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 lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. APBA
      The Creation.   Genesis 1:1-2.4a  
      Lord send your Spirit and renew the face of the earth.   Psalm 104:11-25   136:1-9, 23-26
      The sacrifice of Isaac.   Genesis 22:1-18  
      Keep me safe, O God, you are my hope.   Psalm 16:7-11   16:1-11
      God saves his people.   Exodus 14:15-15:1a   14:10-31, 15:20-21
      Let us sing to the Lord, he has covered himself in glory.   Canticle: Exodus 15:1-18   15:1b-13, 17-18
      The promise of a new covenant.   Isaiah 55:1-11  
      You will draw water joyfully from the springs of salvation.   Canticle: Isaiah 12:2-6  
      Buried and raised with Christ.   Romans 6:1-14   6:3-11
      The burial of Jesus (Holy Saturday).   John 19:31-42   19:38-42
      Christ is risen.   Matthew 28:1-15   28:1-10
Hymns and Spiritual Songs
Worship elements
Gathering Songs
Book & #
Hymn or Chorus first line
Tunes and sources
Seasonal Litany. The Service of Light
  The lighting of the new fire
      Father, we share in the light of your glory through your Son, the light of the world. Bless us as we celebrated his rising to life, inflame us with new hope, purify our minds, and bring us one day to the feast of eternal light. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
  The lighting of the Easter Candle
      Christ yesterday and today, the beginning and the end
  Alpha and Omega symbol is identified
      Christ is the Alpha and Omega
  Numerals of the year are identified
      All time belongs to him and all the ages; to him be glory and power through every age and for ever. Amen.
  The lighting of incense (if used, usually 5 grains representing the five wounds of Christ)
      By his holy and glorious wounds may Christ our Lord guide us and keep us. Amen.
  The candle is lit from the fire
      May the light of Christ, risen in glory, dispel the darkness of our hearts and minds.
      Christ is our light
          Thanks be to God.

Color Key and Notes
      RCL reading;
      APBA reading;
      Congregational response or refrain, AAPB/RSV;
      Subject heading, AAPB;
      Where there is a second Old Testament reading it is sequential rather than linked to the gospel;
      Hymn book and other abbreviations. See In Words and Song.

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