Woman Why Do You Weep?

The Great Easter Mass
Celebrant: Rt. Rev. Edward L. Tatro, Jr.

Easter Fanfare

Processional Hymn: Jesus Christ is Risen Today!

Celebrant: Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Christ the Lord is Risen!
All: The Lord is Risen indeed! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Opening Prayer: O God, who didst make this most holy night to shine with the glory of the Lord’s resurrection: Stir up in thy Church that Spirit of adoption which is given to us in Baptism, that we, being renewed both in body and mind, may worship thee in sincerity and truth; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Hymn: The Strife is O’er

Celebrant: Blest are you, Lord Jesus who came to us a little child one of us, flesh and blood to share in our humanity. For God so loved the world…
All: That all might have eternal life!
Celebrant: Blest are you, Lord Jesus who came to us as carpenter and yet in whose creative hands a world was fashioned. For God so loved the world…
All: That all might have eternal life.
Celebrant: Blest are you, Lord Jesus who came to us as fisherman and yet pointed to a harvest that was yet to come For God so loved the world…
All: That all might have eternal life.
Celebrant: Blest are you, Lord Jesus who came to us as teacher and opened eyes to truths that only the poor could understand. For God so loved the world…
All: That all might have eternal life.
Celebrant: Blest are you, Lord Jesus who came to us as healer and opened hearts to the reality of wholeness. For God so loved the world…
All: That all might have eternal life.
Celebrant: Blest are you, Lord Jesus who came to us as prophet, priest and king and yet humbled himself to take our place upon the cross. For God so loved the world…
All: That all might have eternal life.
Celebrant: Blest are you, Lord Jesus who came to us as servant and revealed to us the extent of his Father’s love for human kind. For God so loved the world…
All: That all might have eternal life.
Celebrant: Blest are you, Lord Jesus, who rose from the ignominy of a sinner’s death to the triumph of a Savior’s resurrection. For God so loved the world…
All: That all might have eternal life.
Celebrant: God so loved the world that he gave his only Son for the sake of me and you and other sinners too. God so loved the world…
All: Blest are you Lord Jesus, our Savior and Redeemer

The Readings:
A Reading from the Book of Isaiah 65:17-25
Psalm: 118:1-2, 14-24
A Reading from Epistle of 1 Corinthians 15:19-26

Sequence Hymn: Christ Arose!

Alleluia: Alleluia, alleluia. Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us, therefore let us keep the feast. Alleluia.

A Reading from The Most Holy Gospel According to John 20:1-18

Woman Why Are You Weeping?
Rt. Rev. Edward L. Tatro, Jr.

The Tomb is Empty! Rejoice my brother’s and sister’s for our battle is won, our victory won!

Jesus’ first act of compassion after conquering the grave was the compassion he showed Mary. All he had done was say her name and she knew it was the Master! I say to you that this day He is calling your name! Will you heed his call? Although Jesus fulfilling the prophesy is sermon enough I do have a story to tell.

Way up at the north of the land we now call Scotland, there are islands that lie in the North Sea. At one time they belonged to the King of Norway, a Viking King. He split the rule of these islands, called the Orkneys, between two cousins, Earl Hakon, a mighty warrior, and Earl Magnus, also mighty in battle but gifted in peacemaking. Together they ruled peacefully for seven years until evil men gained the ear of Hakon and turned him against Magnus.

There were great arguments until other men, good men, persuaded the two earls to work out their difference diplomatically. It was agreed that they would meet on a small island during Holy Week to make their peace. They were each to be accompanied by just enough men to fill two small boats.

Magnus and his companions arrived first. He went into the small church on the island to pray. When he returned he to the beach to wait for Hakon he saw that there were not two boats approaching but an entire fleet. He had been tricked. He knew his men were out-numbered. Again he knelt in prayer. He sent his men back to the small church and waited alone for Hakon in the sparse and rocky field in front of the church.

When Hakon arrived he saw Magnus waiting for him with his arms outstretched in peaceful welcome. “Come, cousin,” said Magnus. “Let us sit together and talk out our differences. Do not break our oath of peace. I will give you three choices to protect you from doing wrong and breaking your oath. First, if you will keep the peace I will go to Jerusalem and pray for us both there. I will never return to the Orkney Islands.”

Hakon did not agree. “What if you change your mind?” he grumbled. Magnus said, “Then I will turn myself over to the King of Scotland who is your friend and he can keep me imprisoned for life.” Hakon replied, “He might change his mind and set you free!” Magnus sighed and said, “Then I give you a final choice. You can blind me and keep me imprisoned in your own dungeon.” “And make you a hero in the eyes of the people?” roared Hakon. And with that he beheaded his cousin Magnus on that very spot.

Magnus’ men sorrowfully buried their leader in that sparse, rocky field which was full of moss and not good for any kind of farming. It was the kind of field that fostered very little life. However, that spring the field grew lush and green with grass. People came there to pray and sheep came there to graze.

It was said that the field turned green with grassy new life because not only was it the spot where Magnus, remembered now as St. Magnus the Peacemaker, died and was buried, it was also the place where his soul was lifted up to be with the Holy One in Paradise. And so God returned the favor and granted the Orkney Islands a bit of Paradise. Magnus died with God and rose with God. And the field is the witness.

(I first encountered the story of St. Magnus in the 2001 publication, The Lectionary Storybook)

Celebrant: Let us pray. It is through the atonement, which our Lord Jesus Christ has given us by His resurrection, and the victory over death, that we come here this morning with joy and thanksgiving. Through faith in the Sacrament of Baptism, we open the way to the universal life, and have the choice to seek the illumination and the true Light of Christ.
All: Amen.

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.
All: Amen.
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.
All: Amen.

The Celebrant Sprinkles Holy Water on the Parish and incenses them.

Hymn: Christ the Lord Is Risen Today!

The Offering

Walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself for us, an offering and sacrifice to God. Ephesians 5:2

Hymn: All Creatures of Our God and King

The Great Doxology:

Praise God, from Whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye Heavenly Host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

A hymn may be sung. The gifts of the people may be gathered and presented. The table is prepared and bread and wine are placed upon it. The celebrant takes the bread and wine.
Celebrant: The Lord is here.
All: His Spirit is with us.
Celebrant: Lift up your hearts.
All: We lift them to the Lord.
Celebrant: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
All: It is right to give thanks and praise.

Celebrant: Father, we give you thanks and praise through your beloved Son Jesus Christ, your living Word, through whom you have created all things; who was sent by you in your great goodness to be our Savior. By the power of the Holy Spirit he took flesh; as your Son, born of the blessed Virgin, he lived on earth and went about among us; he opened wide his arms for us on the cross; he put an end to death by dying for us; and revealed the resurrection by rising to new life; so he fulfilled your will and won for you a holy people.

But chiefly are we bound to praise thee for the glorious resurrection of thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord; for he is the very Paschal Lamb, who was sacrificed for us, and hath taken away the sin of the world; who by his death hath destroyed death, and by his rising to life again hath won for us everlasting life.

All: 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.

Celebrant: Lord, you are holy indeed, the source of all holiness; grant that by the power of your Holy Spirit, and according to your holy will, these gifts of bread and wine may be to us the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ; who, in the same night that he was betrayed, took bread and gave you thanks; he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying: Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of me.
(Altar bells are rung)

In the same way, after supper he took the cup and gave you thanks; he gave it to them, saying: Drink this, all of you; this is my blood of the new covenant, which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.
(Altar bells are rung)

Celebrant: Jesus Christ is Lord:
All: Lord, by your cross and resurrection you have set us free. You are the Savior of the world.

Celebrant: And so, Father, calling to mind his death on the cross, his perfect sacrifice made once for the sins of the whole world; rejoicing in his mighty resurrection and glorious ascension, and looking for his coming in glory, we celebrate this memorial of our redemption. As we offer you this our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving, we bring before you this bread and this cup and we thank you for counting us worthy to stand in your presence and serve you. Send the Holy Spirit on your people and gather into one in your kingdom all who share this one bread and one cup, so that we, in the company of St. Mary Magdalene and all the saints, may praise and glorify you forever, through Jesus Christ our Lord; by whom, and with whom, and in whom, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all honor and glory be yours, almighty Father, forever and ever.
All: Amen

Celebrant: Let us pray with confidence as our Savior has taught us joining our hands and saying:
All: 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, the power and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.

The celebrant breaks the consecrated bread.
Celebrant: We break this bread to share in the body of Christ.
All: Though we are many, we are one body, because we all share in one bread.

The Agnus Dei may be used as the bread is broken
All: Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world, have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world, have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world, grant us peace.

Celebrant (in a loud voice): Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us.
All: Therefore, let us keep the feast. Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
(Altar bells are rung)

All: Most merciful Lord, your love compels us to come in. Our hands were unclean, our hearts were unprepared; we were not fit even to eat the crumbs from under your table. But you, Lord, are the God of our salvation, and share your bread with sinners. So cleanse and feed us with the precious body and blood of your Son, that he may live in us and we in him; and that we, with the whole company of Christ, may sit and eat in your kingdom. Amen.

The celebrant and people receive communion. Authorized words of distribution are used and the communicant replies: Amen.
During the distribution hymns and anthems may be sung.

Hymn: Alleluia! Alleluia! Let the Holy Anthem Rise.

Silence is kept. The Post Communion or another suitable prayer is said. All may say this prayer:
All: Father of all, we give you thanks and praise, that when we were still far off you met us in your Son and brought us home. Dying and living, he declared your love, gave us grace, and opened the gate of glory. May we who share Christ’s body live his risen life; we who drink his cup bring life to others; we whom the Spirit lights give light to the world. Keep us firm in the hope you have set before us, so we and all your children shall be free, and the whole earth live to praise your name; through Christ our Lord. Amen

Hymn: Roll Away the Stone

Celebrant: The peace of God, which passes all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord; and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son , and the Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always.
All: Amen.

Recessional Hymn: Alleluia! Alleluia

Deacon or Celebrant: Go in the peace of Christ. Alleluia, alleluia!
All: Thanks be to God. Alleluia, alleluia!

One thought on “Woman Why Do You Weep?

  1. Padre Eddie, Thank you for delivering Easter to us for the Lord & Savior. A blessed Easter to you & Nicole. –One thing left here this Tuesday, the Closing on the old house, but we are in the new townhouse for a week now….in a mess of boxes!!! Phil

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