Christ is risen! The Lord is risen indeed!
Mark 16:6 and Luke 24:34
Confession of Sin
The Officiant says to the People
Let us humbly confess our sins to Almighty God.
Silence is kept. All kneeling the Officiant and People say
Almighty and most merciful Father, we have erred and strayed from your ways like lost sheep. we have followed too much the deceits and desires of our own hearts. we have offended against your holy laws. we have left undone those things which we ought to have done, and we have done those things which we ought not to have done; and apart from your grace, there is no health in us. O Lord, have mercy upon us. Spare those who confess their faults. Restore those who are penitent, according to your promises declared to all people in Christ Jesus our Lord; And grant, O most merciful Father, for his sake, that we may now live a godly, righteous, and sober life, to the glory of your holy Name. Amen.
The Priest alone stands and says
The Almighty and merciful Lord grant you absolution and remission of all your sins, true repentance, amendment of life, and the grace and consolation of his Holy Spirit. Amen.
Officiant O Lord, open our lips;
People And our mouth shall proclaim your praise.
Officiant O God, make speed to save us;
People O Lord, make haste to help us.
Officiant Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;
People As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
Officiant Praise the Lord.
People The Lord’s name be praised.
Venite O Come (Psalm 95:1-7; 8-11)
Come let us sing to the Lord; *
let us shout for joy to the Rock of our salvation.
Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving *
and raise a loud shout to him with psalms.
For the Lord is a great God, *
and a great King above all gods.
In his hand are the caverns of the earth, *
and the heights of the hills are his also.
The sea is his, for he made it, *
and his hands have molded the dry land.
Come, let us bow down, and bend the knee, *
and kneel before the Lord our Maker.
For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture and the sheep of his hand. *
Oh, that today you would hearken to his voice!
A Reading from Psalm 119:105-144
Your word is a lamp to my feet*
and a light to my path.
I have sworn an oath and confirmed it,*
to keep your righteous rules.
I am severely afflicted;*
give me life, O Lord, according to your word!
Accept my freewill offerings of praise, O Lord,*
and teach me your rules.
I hold my life in my hand continually,*
but I do not forget your law.
The wicked have laid a snare for me,*
but I do not stray from your precepts.
Your testimonies are my heritage forever,*
for they are the joy of my heart.
I incline my heart to perform your statutes*
forever, to the end.
I hate the double-minded,*
but I love your law.
You are my hiding place and my shield;*
I hope in your word.
Depart from me, you evildoers,*
that I may keep the commandments of my God.
Uphold me according to your promise, that I may live,*
and let me not be put to shame in my hope!
Hold me up, that I may be safe*
and have regard for your statutes continually!
You spurn all who go astray from your statutes,*
for their cunning is in vain.
All the wicked of the earth you discard like dross,*
therefore I love your testimonies.
My flesh trembles for fear of you,*
and I am afraid of your judgments.
I have done what is just and right*
do not leave me to my oppressors.
Give your servant a pledge of good;*
let not the insolent oppress me.
My eyes long for your salvation*
and for the fulfillment of your righteous promise.
Deal with your servant according to your steadfast love,*
and teach me your statutes.
I am your servant; give me understanding,*
that I may know your testimonies!
It is time for the Lord to act,*
for your law has been broken.
Therefore I love your commandments*
above gold, above fine gold.
Therefore I consider all your precepts to be right;*
I hate every false way.
Your testimonies are wonderful;*
therefore my soul keeps them.
The unfolding of your words gives light;*
it imparts understanding to the simple.
I open my mouth and pant,*
because I long for your commandments.
Turn to me and be gracious to me,*
as is your way with those who love your name.
Keep steady my steps according to your promise,*
and let no iniquity get dominion over me.
Redeem me from man’s oppression,*
that I may keep your precepts.
Make your face shine upon your servant,*
and teach me your statutes.
My eyes shed streams of tears,*
because people do not keep your law.
Righteous are you, O Lord,*
and right are your rules.
You have appointed your testimonies in righteousness*
and in all faithfulness.
My zeal consumes me,*
because my foes forget your words.
Your promise is well tried,*
and your servant loves it.
I am small and despised,*
yet I do not forget your precepts.
Your righteousness is righteous forever,*
and your law is true.
Trouble and anguish have found me out,*
but your commandments are my delight.
Your testimonies are righteous forever;*
give me understanding that I may live.
A Reading from Deuteronomy 3: 18-29
18 “And I commanded you at that time, saying, ‘The Lord your God has given you this land to possess. All your men of valor shall cross over armed before your brothers, the people of Israel. 19 Only your wives, your little ones, and your livestock (I know that you have much livestock) shall remain in the cities that I have given you, 20 until the Lord gives rest to your brothers, as to you, and they also occupy the land that the Lord your God gives them beyond the Jordan. Then each of you may return to his possession which I have given you.’ 21 And I commanded Joshua at that time, ‘Your eyes have seen all that the Lord your God has done to these two kings. So will the Lord do to all the kingdoms into which you are crossing. 22 You shall not fear them, for it is the Lord your God who fights for you.’
23 “And I pleaded with the Lord at that time, saying, 24 ‘O Lord God, you have only begun to show your servant your greatness and your mighty hand. For what god is there in heaven or on earth who can do such works and mighty acts as yours? 25 Please let me go over and see the good land beyond the Jordan, that good hill country and Lebanon.’ 26 But the Lord was angry with me because of you and would not listen to me. And the Lord said to me, ‘Enough from you; do not speak to me of this matter again. 27 Go up to the top of Pisgah and lift up your eyes westward and northward and southward and eastward, and look at it with your eyes, for you shall not go over this Jordan. 28 But charge Joshua, and encourage and strengthen him, for he shall go over at the head of this people, and he shall put them in possession of the land that you shall see.’ 29 So we remained in the valley opposite Beth-peor.
Celebrant: The Word of the Lord
People Thanks be to God.
Magna et mirabilia The Song of the Redeemed (Revelation 15:3-4)
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.*
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.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world
without end. Amen.
A Reading from Acts 3:1-4:4
3 Now Peter and John were going up to the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour. 2 And a man lame from birth was being carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple that is called the Beautiful Gate to ask alms of those entering the temple. 3 Seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, he asked to receive alms. 4 And Peter directed his gaze at him, as did John, and said, “Look at us.” 5 And he fixed his attention on them, expecting to receive something from them. 6 But Peter said, “I have no silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk!”7 And he took him by the right hand and raised him up, and immediately his feet and ankles were made strong. 8 And leaping up, he stood and began to walk, and entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God. 9 And all the people saw him walking and praising God,10 and recognized him as the one who sat at the Beautiful Gate of the temple, asking for alms. And they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.
11 While he clung to Peter and John, all the people, utterly astounded, ran together to them in the portico called Solomon’s. 12 And when Peter saw it he addressed the people: “Men of Israel, why do you wonder at this, or why do you stare at us, as though by our own power or piety we have made him walk? 13 The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, the God of our fathers, glorified his servant Jesus, whom you delivered over and denied in the presence of Pilate, when he had decided to release him. 14 But you denied the Holy and Righteous One, and asked for a murderer to be granted to you, 15 and you killed the Author of life, whom God raised from the dead. To this we are witnesses. 16 And his name—by faith in his name—has made this man strong whom you see and know, and the faith that is through Jesus has given the man this perfect health in the presence of you all.
17 “And now, brothers, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did also your rulers. 18 But what God foretold by the mouth of all the prophets, that his Christ would suffer, he thus fulfilled. 19 Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out, 20 that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that he may send the Christ appointed for you, Jesus, 21 whom heaven must receive until the time for restoring all the things about which God spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets long ago. 22 Moses said, ‘The Lord God will raise up for you a prophet like me from your brothers. You shall listen to him in whatever he tells you. 23 And it shall be that every soul who does not listen to that prophet shall be destroyed from the people.’ 24 And all the prophets who have spoken, from Samuel and those who came after him, also proclaimed these days. 25 You are the sons of the prophets and of the covenant that God made with your fathers, saying to Abraham, ‘And in your offspring shall all the families of the earth be blessed.’ 26 God, having raised up his servant, sent him to you first, to bless you by turning every one of you from your wickedness.”
4 And as they were speaking to the people, the priests and the captain of the temple and the Sadducees came upon them, 2 greatly annoyed because they were teaching the people and proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection from the dead. 3 And they arrested them and put them in custody until the next day, for it was already evening. 4 But many of those who had heard the word believed, and the number of the men came to about five thousand.
Reader The Word of the Lord.
People Thanks be to God.
A brief devotion may follow here.
The officiant or someone else may add a brief devotion or reading.
The Apostles’ Creed
Officiant and People together, all standing
I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by 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. 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.
The People kneel (or remain seated if unable to kneel)
Officiant The Lord be with you.
People And with your spirit.
Officiant Let us pray.
Lord, have mercy [upon us].
Christ, have mercy [upon us].
Lord, have mercy [upon us].
Officiant and People
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, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.
Officiant O Lord, show us your mercy;
People And grant us your salvation.
Officiant O Lord, save our nations;
People And guide us in the way of justice and truth.
Officiant Clothe your ministers with righteousness;
People And make your chosen people joyful.
Officiant O Lord, save your people;
People And bless your inheritance.
Officiant Give peace in our time, O Lord;
People For only in you can we live in safety.
Officiant Let not the needy, O Lord, be forgotten;
People Nor the hope of the poor be taken away.
Officiant Create in us clean hearts, O God;
People And take not your Holy Spirit from us.
The Officiant Prays the Collects and All Stand
The Collect of the Day
Almighty and everlasting God, who in the Paschal mystery established the new covenant of reconciliation: Grant that all who have been reborn into the fellowship of Christ’s Body may show forth in their lives what they profess by their faith; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
A Collect for Grace (Wednesday)
O Lord, our heavenly Father, almighty and everlasting God, you have brought us safely to the beginning of this day: Defend us by your mighty power, that we may not fall into sin nor run into any danger; and that guided by your Spirit, we may do what is righteous in your sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
A Collect for Guidance (Thursday)
Heavenly Father, in you we live and move and have our being: We humbly pray you so to guide and govern us by your Holy Spirit, that in all the cares and occupations of our life we may not forget you, but may remember that we are ever walking in your sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Prayer for Mission
Lord Jesus Christ, you stretched out your arms of love on the hard wood of the cross that everyone might come within the reach of your saving embrace: So clothe us in your Spirit that we, reaching forth our hands in love, may bring those who do not know you to the knowledge and love of you; for the honor of your Name. Amen.
Hymn: Christ the Lord is Risen Today
- Crown Him with many crowns,
the Lamb upon his throne;
Hark! How the heavenly anthem drowns
all music but its own;
awake, my soul and sing
of him who died for thee,
and hail him as thy matchless King
Through all eternity.Crown him the Lord of life,
who triumphed o’er the grave,
who rose victorious in the strife
for those he came to save.
his glories now we sing
who died and reign on high,
who died eternal life to bring,
and lives that death may die.Crown him the Lord of love;
behold his hands and side,
rich wounds, yet visible above,
in beauty glorified.
no angels in the sky
can fully bear that sight,
But downward bend their burning eyes
at mysteries so bright.
Crown him the Lord of years,
the potentate of time,
creator of the rolling spheres,
All hail, Redeemer, hail!
for thou hast died for me;
thy praise shall never, never fail
The General Thanksgiving
Officiant and People
Almighty God, Father of all mercies,
we your unworthy servants give you humble thanks
for all your goodness and loving-kindness
to us and to all whom you have made.
We bless you for our creation, preservation,
and all the blessings of this life;
but above all for your immeasurable love
in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ;
for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory.
And, we pray, give us such an awareness of your mercies,
that with truly thankful hearts we may show forth your praise,
not only with our lips, but in our lives,
by giving up our selves to your service,
and by walking before you
in holiness and righteousness all our days;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit,
be honor and glory throughout all ages. Amen.
A Prayer of St. John Chrysostom
Almighty God, you have given us grace at this time with one accord to make our common supplications to you; and you have promised through your well beloved Son that when two or three are gathered together in his name you will be in the midst of them: Fulfill now, O Lord, our desires and petitions as may be best for us; granting us in this world knowledge of your truth, and in the age to come life everlasting. Amen.
Officiant Let us bless the Lord.
People Thanks be to God.
Glory to God whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more
than we can ask or imagine: Glory to him from generation to
generation in the Church, and in Christ Jesus forever and ever. Amen.