Easter Day Principal Celebration
Introit: I have risen, and am present with thee, alleluia; thou hast laid thine hand upon me, alleluia; such knowledge is too wonderful for me, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia. O Lord, thou hast searched me out and known me; thou knowest my down sitting and mine uprising.
Celebrant: The Lord is risen from the tomb, alleluia!
Who for our sake hung upon the tree, alleluia!
Celebrant: Let us pray.
Most gracious God, as we have been baptised into the death of thy Son our Saviour Jesus Christ, grant in thy mercy that we, being dead to sin, may be buried with him; and that through the grave, and gate of death, we may pass with him unto newness of life; for his sake, who died, and was buried, and rose again for us, the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Celebrant: Tell it out among the heathen, alleluia!
That the Lord hath reigned from the tree, alleluia.
Celebrant: Let Us Pray
O God, who for our redemption didst give thine only-begotten Son to the death of the cross, and by his glorious resurrection hast 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 the same thy Son Christ our Lord. Amen.
Collect: Almighty God, who through thine only-begotten Son Jesus Christ hast overcome death and opened unto us the gate of everlasting life: Grant that we, who celebrate with joy the day of the Lord’s resurrection, may be raised from the death of sin by thy life-giving Spirit; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the same Spirit ever, one God, world without end. Amen.
A Reading from the Acts of the Apostles
Peter proceeded to speak and said:
“You know what has happened all over Judea,
beginning in Galilee after the baptism
that John preached,
how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth
with the Holy Spirit and power.
He went about doing good
and healing all those oppressed by the devil,
for God was with him.
We are witnesses of all that he did
both in the country of the Jews and in Jerusalem.
They put him to death by hanging him on a tree.
This man God raised on the third day and granted that he be visible,
not to all the people, but to us,
the witnesses chosen by God in advance,
who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead.
He commissioned us to preach to the people
and testify that he is the one appointed by God
as judge of the living and the dead.
To him all the prophets bear witness,
that everyone who believes in him
will receive forgiveness of sins through his name.”
The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God!
The stone which the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone.
By the LORD has this been done;
it is wonderful in our eyes.
R. This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad.
A Reading from the First Letter of the Corinthians
Brothers and sisters:
Do you not know that a little yeast leavens all the dough?
Clear out the old yeast,
so that you may become a fresh batch of dough,
inasmuch as you are unleavened.
For our paschal lamb, Christ, has been sacrificed.
Therefore, let us celebrate the feast,
not with the old yeast, the yeast of malice and wickedness,
but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God!
Alleluia: Alleluia, alleluia. Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us, therefore let us keep the feast. Alleluia.
A Reading from the Holy Gospel of John
On the first day of the week,
Mary of Magdala came to the tomb early in the morning,
while it was still dark,
and saw the stone removed from the tomb.
So she ran and went to Simon Peter
and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and told them,
“They have taken the Lord from the tomb,
and we don’t know where they put him.”
So Peter and the other disciple went out and came to the tomb.
They both ran, but the other disciple ran faster than Peter
and arrived at the tomb first;
he bent down and saw the burial cloths there, but did not go in.
When Simon Peter arrived after him,
he went into the tomb and saw the burial cloths there,
and the cloth that had covered his head,
not with the burial cloths but rolled up in a separate place.
Then the other disciple also went in,
the one who had arrived at the tomb first,
and he saw and believed.
For they did not yet understand the Scripture
that he had to rise from the dead.
The Gospel of the Lord! Alleluia!
Praise to you Lord Christ! Alleluia!
Homily of Rev. Edward L. Tatro, Jr. †
“The love of Christ will make us to abound in every duty more than any thing else. He that was behind was Peter, who had denied Christ. A sense of guilt hinders us in the service of God. As yet the disciples knew not the Scripture; they Christ must rise again from the dead.”
Why seek ye the living among the dead? He is Risen brothers and sisters. He has Risen! Today we rise in Christ, and will live ever more. The tomb is empty and our robes washed clean from sin.
We’ve walked in darkness these past forty days, taking account of our sins, and laying them on the Altar. Today we are truly forgiven if we are and have been truly repentant, in both mind and heart. We must not forget that He came to FULFILL the LAW not DESTROY IT. So we must ever more keep His sacred Commandments. Live the Truth, bare the TRUTH, and Give TESTIMONY of the TRUTH.
We must bear the Light of Christ to all. We have a great commission, we must continue to follow the traditions set forth by the Apostles and Disciples. Rejoice! Again I say Rejoice. Christ has won the victory of death and won the battle over sin.
Renewal of Baptismal Vows
Celebrant: In baptism, God calls us out of darkness into his marvelous light. To follow Christ means dying to sin and rising to new life with him. Therefore I ask: Do you reject the devil and all rebellion against God?
All: I reject them.
Celebrant: Do you renounce the deceit and corruption of evil?
All: I renounce them.
Celebrant: Do you repent of the sins that separate us from God and neighbor?
All: I repent of them.
Celebrant: Do you turn to Christ as Savior?
All: I turn to Christ.
Celebrant: Do you submit to Christ as Lord?
All: I submit to Christ.
Celebrant: Do you come to Christ, the way, the truth and the life?
All: I come to Christ.
Celebrant: May almighty God who has given you the desire to follow Christ give you the strength to continue in the way.
Celebrant: Brothers and sisters, I ask you to profess the faith of the Church. Do you believe and trust in God the Father?
All: I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
Celebrant: Do you believe and trust in his Son Jesus Christ?
All: I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, 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, he is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come to judge the living and the dead.
Celebrant: Do you believe and trust in the Holy Spirit?
All: 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.
Celebrant: Almighty God, we thank you for our fellowship in the household of faith with all who have been baptized into your name. Keep us faithful to our baptism, and so make us ready for that day when the whole creation shall be made perfect in your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ.
Celebrant: May Christ dwell in your hearts through faith, that you may be rooted and grounded in love and bring forth the fruit of the Spirit.
The Celebrant Sprinkles Holy Water on the Parish and incenses them.
The Nicene Creed:
Celebrant: Almighty God, whose blessed Son did, as at this time, burst the bonds of death, because it was not possible that he should be holden of it: Grant that we may be risen with him and walk henceforth in newness of life; and bring us at last to the joy of thy eternal kingdom. Hear us, O Father, for the sake of him who is the firstborn from the dead, and is now alive for evermore, even the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Communion Anthem: Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us, alleluia, therefore let us keep the feast with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.
Spiritual Communion Prayer
My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen!
Post Communion Collect: We beseech thee, O Lord, pour into our hearts the love of thy Holy Spirit; that as thou hast now filled us with this Paschal Sacrament, so thou wouldst make us to grow in all godly concord; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Solemn Blessing: May Almighty God, who has redeemed us and made us his children through the resurrection of his Son our Lord, bestow upon you the riches of his blessing. Amen.
May God, who through the water of baptism has raised us from sin into newness of life, make you holy and worthy to be united with Christ forever. Amen.
May God, who has brought us out of bondage to sin into true and lasting freedom in the Redeemer, bring you to your eternal inheritance. Amen.
And the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, † † † and the Holy Spirit, be upon you, and remain with you forever . Amen.