The Great Vigil & First Eucharist of Easter

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Saturday, March 26, 2016
5:30 pm High Altar



O God, Creator of heaven and earth: Grant that, as the crucified body of thy dear Son was laid in the tomb and rested on this holy Sabbath, so we may await with him the coming of the third day, and rise with him to newness of life; who now liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The new fire is lit to begin the Great Vigil of Easter.

The Fifth Avenue doors open at 4:30pm for this service, which is the last of the three great liturgies of the triduum, which began on Maundy Thursday and continued through Good Friday.

The service begins where Good Friday left off: complete darkness. If you intend to come, please arrive before 5:30pm, ideally by 5:15pm, as you will not be allowed to enter the doors during the first few minutes of the service. Also, the nave of the church will be dark and it will hard for you to find your seats if you arrive late.

Celebrant: Fr Turner

Preacher: Fr Austin

Deacon: Fr Spurlock

Subdeacon: Fr Daniels

Sung by: The Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys

The Great Vigil

The Exsultet: Plainsong, Solemn Tone

Solemn Prophecy: The Story of Creation, Genesis 1:1—2:2

Psalm: 36:5 - 10, Domine, in caelo, Plainsong (Tone II1)

Solemn Prophecy: The Flood, Genesis 7:1-5, 11-18; 8:6-18; 9:8-13

Psalm: 46:1 - 7, Deus noster refugium, Plainsong (Tone V6)

Solemn Prophecy: Abraham’ s Sacrifice of Isaac, Genesis 2 2:1-18

Psalm: 16:1-3, 8-12, Conserva me, Domine, Plainsong (Tone VIII5)

Solemn Prophecy: Israel’s Deliverance from the Red Sea, Exodus 14:10—15:1

Song of Moses: Exodus 15:1-4, Plainsong (Tone IV4)

Solemn Prophecy: The Valley of Dry Bones, Ezekiel 37:1-14

Psalm: 30:1-5, Exaltabo te, Domine, Plainsong (Tone IB10)

Holy Baptism

Psalm: 42:1, Quemadmodum, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (c. 1525-1594)

Litany: The Litany of the Saints

The First Eucharist of Easter

Service: Missa Dies Ressurectionis, John Scott (1956-2015)

Hymn: (See leaflet)
Jesus Christ is risen to-day, Alleluia!

Epistle: Romans 6:3-11

Hymn: (See leaflet)
Through the Red Sea brought at last, Alleluia!

Gospel: Luke 24:1-12

Anthem: Christus vincit, Joseph Noyon (1888-1962), arranged by Gerre Hancock (1934-2012)

Anthem: Surrexit a mortuis, Charles-Marie Widor (1844-1937)

Hymn: (See leaflet)
Jesus lives! thy terrors now

Motet: Dum transisset, John Taverner (c. 1490-1545)

Motet: Dic nobis Maria quid vidisti in via? Giovanni Bassano (c. 1538-1617)

Motet: This joyful Eastertide,
Seventeenth Century Dutch Carol
arranged by Charles E. Wood (1866-1926)

Motet: Surrexit Christus hodie, Alleluia,
Samuel Scheidt (1587-1654)

Hymn: (See leaflet)
The day of resurrection!

Voluntary: Toccata, from ‘Symphonie V’, Op. 42, No. 1, Charles-Marie Widor

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