The Great Vigil & First Eucharist of Easter

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Saturday, April 20, 2019
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.

Today's sermon is part of a series by Bishop Chartres entitled ‘Humanity brought to life by the humanity of God’

“Is it not evident that the Father accepts the sacrifice not because he demands it or feels some need of it but in order to carry out his own plans? Humanity had to be brought to life by the humanity of God ...we had to be called back to him by his Son. Let the rest be adored in silence.” Saint Gregory Nazianzen - Orations for Easter (45)

Celebrant: Fr Turner

Preacher: The Rt. Rev. Richard Chartres.

Deacon: Fr Moretz

Subdeacon: Fr Spencer

Sung by: The Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys

The Great Vigil

The Exultet: The Proclamation of the Resurrection (Sung to Plainsong, Solemn Tone.)

The Story of Creation: Genesis 1:1—2:4a

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

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

Psalm: 46:1-7 Deus noster refugium Plainsong (Tone V3)

Abraham’s Sacrifice of Isaac: Genesis 22:1-18

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

Israel’s Deliverance from the Red Sea: Exodus 14:10-31; 15:20-21

Exodus 15:1-4: The Song of Moses Cantemus Domino Plainsong (Tone IV4)

The Valley of Dry Bones: Ezekiel 37:1-14

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

Holy Baptism

Psalm: 42:1-3 Quemadmodum, Herbert Howells (1892-1983)

Plainsong: The Litany of the Saints

The First Eucharist of Easter

Service: Missa Bell' Amfitrit' altera, Orlandus Lassus (1532-1594)

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

Epistle: Romans 6:3-11

Great Alleluia: Harmonized plainchant

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

Gospel: Matthew 28:1-10

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

Anthem: Laudate Dominum, Marcel Dupré (1886-1971)

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

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

Motet: This joyful Eastertide, arranged by Charles Wood (1866-1926)

Motet: I know that my redeemer liveth, George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)

Hymn: (See leaflet)
The day of resurrection!

Voluntary: Final, from Symphonie no. 6, Op. 59, Louis Vierne (1870-1937)


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