Easter Vigil 2012 at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church
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Easter Vigil in story, poems, and pictures
St. Stephen's Episcopal Church
2012

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  • 1. The Lighting of the Paschal Candle
  • 2. Dear friends in Christ: On this most holy night, in which our Lord Jesus passed over from death to life, the Church invites her members, dispersed throughout the world, to gather in vigil and prayer.
  • 3. For this is the Passover of the Lord, in which, by hearing his Word and celebrating his Sacraments, we share in his victory over death.
  • 4. The light of Christ. Thanks be to God.
  • 5. The light of Christ. Thanks be to God.
  • 6. The light of Christ. Thanks be to God.
  • 7. Rejoice now, heavenly hosts and choirs of angels, and let your trumpets shout Salvation for the victory of our mighty King.
  • 8. Rejoice and sing now, all the round earth, bright with a glorious splendor, for darkness has been vanquished by our eternal King.
  • 9. Rejoice and be glad now, Mother Church, and let your holy courts, in radiant light, resound with the praises of your people.
  • 10. The Lord be with you. And also with you. Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give God thanks and praise.
  • 11. It is truly right and good, always and everywhere, with our whole heart and mind and voice, to praise you, the invisible, almighty, and eternal God, and your only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ our Lord;
  • 12. for he is the true Paschal Lamb, who at the feast of the Passover paid for us the debt of Adam’s sin, and by his blood delivered your faithful people.
  • 13. This is the night, when you brought our fathers, the children of Israel, out of bondage in Egypt, and led them through the Red Sea on dry land.
  • 14. This is the night, when all who believe in Christ are delivered from the gloom of sin, and are restored to grace and holiness of life.
  • 15. This is the night, when Christ broke the bonds of death and hell, and rose victorious from the grave.
  • 16. How blessed is this night, when earth and heaven are joined and all are reconciled to God.
  • 17. Holy Father, accept our evening sacrifice, the offering of this candle in your honor. May it shine continually to drive away all darkness.
  • 18. May Christ, the Morning Star who knows no setting, find it ever burning – he who gives his light to all creation and who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.
  • 19. The Liturgy of the Word
  • 20. Let us hear the record of God’s saving deeds in history, how he saved his people in ages past; and let us pray that our God will bring each of us to the fullness of redemption.
  • 21. The Story of Creation Genesis 1:1-2:2
  • 22. Blessed be the God of Light.
  • 23. Blessed be the God of Waters and Sky.
  • 24. Blessed be the God of Green-Brown Earth.
  • 25. Blessed be the God of the Heavens and of Time.
  • 26. Blessed be the God of Wing and Flight, of Soaring and Swimming.
  • 27. Blessed be the God of our Hearts, the God of Flesh and Souls and Loving.
  • 28. Blessed be the God of Holy Rest and Play.
  • 29. Praise the God of all creation! Praise the same God in our hearts!
  • 30. Let us pray. (Silence) O God, who wonderfully created, and yet more wonderfully restored, the dignity of human nature:
  • 31. Grant that we may share the divine life of him who humbled himself to share our humanity, your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
  • 32. Israel’s deliverance at the Red Sea Exodus 14:10-15:1
  • 33. Praise the God of our Salvation! Praise the same God in our hearts!
  • 34. Let us pray. (Silence) O God, whose wonderful deeds of old shine forth even to our own day, you once delivered by the power of your mighty arm
  • 35. your chosen people from slavery under Pharaoh, to be a sign for us of the salvation of all nations by the water of Baptism:
  • 36. Grant that all the peoples of the earth may be numbered among the offspring of Abraham and Sarah, and rejoice in the inheritance of Israel; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
  • 37. The valley of dry bones Ezekiel 37:1-14
  • 38. Praise the God of breath and new life! Praise the same God in our hearts!
  • 39. Let us pray. (Silence) Almighty God, by the Passover of your Son you have brought us out of sin into righteousness and out of death into life:
  • 40. Grant to those who are sealed by your Holy Spirit the will and the power to proclaim you to all the world; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
  • 41. Alleluia. Christ is risen. The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia.
  • 42. Glory to God in the highest, And peace to God’s people on earth. Lord God, heavenly King, Almighty God and Father, We worship you, we give you thanks, We praise you for your glory.
  • 43. Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, Lord God, Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world: have mercy on us; you are seated at the right hand of the Father: receive our prayer.
  • 44. For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord, you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God the Father. Amen.
  • 45. The Lord be with you. And also with you. Let us pray.
  • 46. O God, who made this most holy night to shine with the glory of the Lord’s resurrection: Stir up in your Church that Spirit of adoption which is given to us in Baptism, that we, being renewed both in body and mind,
  • 47. may worship you in sincerity and truth: through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
  • 48. that we, being renewed both in body and mind, may worship you in sincerity and truth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
  • 49. The Epistle Romans 6:3-11
  • 50. For the word of God in scripture, For the word of God among us, For the word of God within us: Thanks be to God.
  • 51. Alleluia! Alleluia!
  • 52. Psalm 114 BCP pg. 756 or on the following slides
  • 53. Hallelujah! When Israel came out of Egypt, the house of Jacob from a people of strange speech, Judah became God’s sanctuary and Israel his dominion.
  • 54. The sea beheld it and fled; Jordan turned and went back. The mountains skipped like rams, and the little hills like young sheep.
  • 55. What ailed you, O sea, that you fled? O Jordan, that you turned back? You mountains, that you skipped like rams? you little hills like young sheep?
  • 56. Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the God of Jacob, who turned the hard rock into a pool of water and flint-stone into a flowing spring.
  • 57. The Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, according to Mark. Glory to you, Lord Christ.
  • 58. The Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, Lord Christ.
  • 59. A Time of Wondering and Reflection
  • 60. The Renewal of Baptismal Vows
  • 61. Do you reaffirm your renunciation of evil and renew your commitment to Jesus Christ? I do.
  • 62. Do you believe in God the Father? I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
  • 63. 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.
  • 64. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead.
  • 65. 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.
  • 66. Do you believe in God the Holy Spirit? I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints,
  • 67. the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.
  • 68. Will you continue in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in the prayers? I will, with God’s help.
  • 69. Will you persevere in resisting evil, and, whenever you fall into sin, repent and return to the Lord? I will, with God’s help.
  • 70. Will you proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ? I will, with God’s help.
  • 71. Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself? I will, with God’s help.
  • 72. Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being? I will, with God’s help.
  • 73. May Almighty God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has given us a new birth by water and the Holy Spirit, and bestowed upon us the forgiveness of sins, keep us in eternal life by his grace, in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.
  • 74. The Prayers of the People
  • 75. Awake, O Sleeper, rise from death, And Christ will give you life!
  • 76. Bring newness and change to your church, O God, that we might serve you with courage and grace. Awake, O Church, rise from death, and Christ will give you life!
  • 77. Bring newness and change to your world, O God, that all might know the goodness of your love. Awake, O World, rise from death, and Christ will give you life!
  • 78. Bring newness and change to our nation, O God, that each person might share and honor the other. Awake, O People, rise from death, and Christ will give you life!
  • 79. Bring newness and change for the suffering, O God, that they might know your saving help. Awake, O Sorrowful, rise from death, and Christ will give you life!
  • 80. Bring newness and change to even the departed, O God, that they might forever grow in your likeness. Awake, O Saints, rise from death, and Christ will give you life!
  • 81. Bring newness and change to our hearts, O God, that we might grow larger in faith and hope. Awake, O Soul, rise from death, and Christ will give you life!
  • 82. The people are invited to pray their particular concerns and thanksgivings, aloud or silently.
  • 83. Awake, O Sleeper, rise from death, for Christ has burst forth from the tomb, making all things new. Rise and live, says the Lord. This day God has made for life and all joy! Amen, alleluia! Alleluia, amen!
  • 84. Celebrant: The God of hope fill you with the joy of the resurrection; and the peace of the Lord be always with you and also with you.
  • 85. The Holy Communion
  • 86. The Lord be with you. And also with you. Lift up your hearts. We lift them to the Lord.
  • 87. Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give God thanks and praise.
  • 88. Gratitude, praise, hearts lifted high, voices full and joyful. . . these you deserve. God, when we were nothing, you made us something.
  • 89. When we had no name and no faith and no future, you called us your children. When we lost our way or turned away, you did not abandon us.
  • 90. When we came back to you, your arms opened wide in welcome. And look, you prepare a table for us, offering not just bread, not just wine, but your very self
  • 91. so that we may be filled, forgiven, healed, blessed and made new again. You are worth all our pain and all our praise. And so we join the saints and angels in proclaiming your glory, as we say:
  • 92. O ruler of the universe, Lord God, great deeds are they that you have done, surpassing human understanding. Your ways are ways of righteousness and truth, O King of all the ages.
  • 93. Who can fail to do you homage, Lord, and sing the praises of your Name? For you only are the Holy One. All nations will draw near and fall down before you, because your just and holy works have been revealed.
  • 94. Glory and honor and praise to you, holy and living God. To deliver us from the power of sin and death and to reveal the riches of your grace, you looked with favor upon Mary, your willing servant, that she might conceive and bear a son,
  • 95. Jesus the holy child of God. Living among us, Jesus loved us. He broke bread with outcasts and sinners, healed the sick, and proclaimed good news to the poor. He yearned to draw all the world to himself
  • 96. yet we were heedless to his call to walk in love. Then, the time came for him to complete upon the cross the sacrifice of his life, and to be glorified by you.
  • 97. And so, Father, we bring you these gifts. Sanctify them by your Holy Spirit to be for your people the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ our Lord.
  • 98. On the night he was betrayed he took bread, said the blessing, broke the bread, and gave it to his friends, and said, “Take, eat: This is my Body, which is given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.”
  • 99. After supper, he took the cup of wine, gave thanks, and said, “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.
  • 100. Whenever you drink it, do this for the remembrance of me.” Father, we now celebrate the memorial of your Son. By means of this holy bread and cup, we show forth the
  • 101. sacrifice of his death, and proclaim his resurrection, until he comes again. Gather us by this Holy Communion into one body in your Son Jesus Christ.
  • 102. Make us a living sacrifice of praise. By him, and with him, and in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit all honor and glory is yours, Almighty Father, now and for ever. Amen.
  • 103. And now, let us pray the prayer our Savior Christ taught us:
  • 104. Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread.
  • 105. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Save us from the time of trial, and deliver us from evil.
  • 106. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and for ever. Amen.
  • 107. Alleluia. Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us; Therefore let us keep the feast. Alleluia. The gifts of God for the people of God.
  • 108. Praise the God of resurrection! Praise the same God in our hearts!
  • 109. Post Communion Prayer Lord Jesus Christ, you have put your life into our hands; now we put our lives into yours. Take us, renew and remake us.
  • 110. What we have been is past; what we shall be, through you, still awaits us. Lead us on. Take us with you. Amen.
  • 111. The Blessing
  • 112. Alleluia. Let us go in peace to love and serve the Lord. Thanks be to God. Alleluia. Alleluia!
  • 113. Alleluia! Alleluia!