The Great Vigil & First Eucharist of Easter

Saturday, April 15, 2017
Holy Saturday
5:30 PM


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.

CelebrantThe Rector
PreacherThe Rector
DeaconFr. Spurlock
SubdeaconFr. Daniels
Sung byThe Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys
The Great Vigil
The ExultetThe Proclamation of the Resurrection (Sung to Plainsong, Solemn Tone.)
The Story of CreationGenesis 1:1—2:4a
PsalmPsalm 36:5-10
The FloodGenesis 7:1-5, 11-18; 8:6-18; 9:8-13
Psalm46:1-7 Deus noster refugium Plainsong (Tone V3)
Abraham’s Sacrifice of IsaacGenesis 22:1-18
Psalm16:1-3, 8-12 Conserva me, Domine Plainsong (Tone VIII5)
Israel’s Deliverance from the Red SeaExodus 14:10-31; 15:20-21
Exodus 15:1-4The Song of Moses Cantemus Domino Plainsong (Tone IV4)
The Valley of Dry BonesEzekiel 37:1-14
Psalm1-5 Exaltabo te, Domine Plainsong (Tone IB10)
Holy Baptism
Psalm42:1-3 Quemadmodum, Herbert Howells (1892-1983)
PlainsongThe Litany of the Saints
The First Eucharist of Easter
ServiceMissa Dies Resurrectionis, by John Scott (1956-2015)
HymnJesus Christ is risen to-day -- EASTER HYMN
EpistleRomans 6:3-11
Great AlleluiaIntroit — Plainsong
HymnThrough the Red Sea brought at last, Alleluia! -- STRAF MICH NICHT
GospelMatthew 28:1-10
AnthemChristus vincit, Joseph Noyon (1888-1962), arranged by Gerre Hancock (1934-2012)
AnthemSurrexit a mortuis, Charles-Marie Widor (1844-1937)
HymnJesus lives! thy terrors now -- ST. ALBINUS
MotetDum transisset sabbatum, by John Taverner (c. 1490-1545)
MotetDic nobis Maria, by Giovanni Bassano (c. 1558-1617)
MotetSurrexit Christus hodie, by Samuel Scheidt (1587-1654)