EASTER SOLEMN VESPERS

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Resurrexi et adhuc tecum sum, alleluia! Posuisti super me manum tuam, alleluia,

Quam mirabilis facta est scientia tua, Alleluia, Alleluia! 

SERVICE OF LIGHT

Greeting/Invocation

 We light the EASTER CANDLE and say or sing:

Christ our Light!

~Thanks be to God!

 

This is the day Adonai has made, alleluia!

~Let us rejoice and be happy today, alleluia!

 

HYMN FOR EASTER

ALLELUIA! ALLELUIA! ALLELUIA!

 

The Lamb’s high Banquet we await, in snow white robes of royal state.

And now the Red Sea’s channel past, to Christ, our Love, we sing at last. (R)

 

Upon the altar of the Cross His Body has redeemed our  loss;

And tasting of his life-red Blood We live as one with Him in God.

 

That Paschal eve God’s arm was bared, The devastating angel spared:

By strength of hand our hosts went free From Pharaoh’s ruthless tyranny.

 

O truly worthy Sacrifice, through which the power of hell now dies,

And sets a captive people free, Restoring life and liberty.

 

For  Christ, arising from the dead, From conquered hell victorious sped;

He leaves the tyrant holding chains And Paradise for us regains.

 

Creation’s Author, now we pray, Fulfill in us your joy today;

When death assails, grant, Lord, that  we May  share  your Paschal victory.

 

To you, once slain, again you live, All glory Love, Your people give;

All glory, as is ever meet, To Abba and your Paraclete.

Text: AD COENAM AGNI PROVIDI (7th century)  tr. J.M. Neale,, alt ; Tune:  PASCHAL LAMB L.M.

SERVICE    OF THE WORD

Evening Psalmody

Antiphon

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Psalm 109/110

Adonai, to the One who will reign:

“Come and be My companion;

We will undo selfishness and sin.”

 

The Spirit will bring from Zion

The power and strength to save:

Love changing foes into friends.

 

Precious from the day of your birth

on the holy mountain;

from the womb before the dawn I begot you.

 

The Promise holds true forever:

Your ministry is Loving-Kindness–

A priest like Melchizedek of old.

 

Companions of the Most High are ready

To liberate all who suffer from evil.

 

The One who calls us to justice

Invites us to join in the struggle:

Enlightening all who are unaware of the truth.

 

Drink from streams of Living Water,

Lift your head and celebrate the feast.

 

Glory to the ONE and to the WORD

and to the BREATH of Love,

as always before,

so now and evermore, Amen.

 Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

 

 

REMEMBRANCE OF BAPTISM: Procession to the Font

 

Antiphon

God brought out this people with shouts of rejoicing.  Alleluia!  Alleluia!

Psalm 113a/114

When Israel came out from Egypt

Jacob’s children from a foreign country

Judah became the holy place for Adonai

Israel became the place where God reigns.

 

The sea fled at the sight

the Jordan turned back on its course,

the mountains leapt like rams

and the hills like yearling sheep.

 

Why was it sea, that you fled?

that you turned back, Jordan, on your course?

Mountains, why did you leap like rams

and you hills, like yearling sheep?

 

Tremble, O Earth, before Adonai,

in the presence of the God of Love,

Who turns the rock into a pool

and flint into a spring of water.

 

Glory to the ONE and to the WORD

and to the BREATH of Love!

As always before,

so now and evermore.  Amen

God brought out this people with shouts of rejoicing.  Alleluia!  Alleluia!

 

 Procession to the cross

Canticle from the Book of Revelation

Antiphon

Jesus stood in the midst of his disciples and said:

“Peace to you, Alleluia! Alleluia!”

Salvation and power and glory belong to our God, Alleluia!

Whose judgments are true and just:  Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

 

Praise our God, all you who serve Adonai, Alleluia!

Those living with reverence and awe, small and great. Alleluia,  Alleluia, Alleluia!

 

Adonai Elohim, the Almighty reigns, Alleluia!

Let us rejoice and exult, giving God the glory. Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

 

The marriage of the Lamb has come, Alleluia!

And his bride has made herself ready. Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

 

She has been given for her clothing, Alleluia!

Fine linen glistening and pure. Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

 

Glory to the Abba and the Word and the Holy Breath of Love.

As always before, so now and evermore.  Amen.

Jesus stood in the midst of his disciples and said:

“Peace to you, Alleluia! Alleluia!”

READING          colossians 3: 1-4

If then you were raised with Christ, seek what is above,  where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.  Think of what is above, not of what is on earth.
For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
When Christ your life appears, then you too will appear with him in glory.

 

 Responsory

R.  This is the day Adonai has made * alleluia, alleluia!  

V. Let us rejoice and be happy today.  

V.  Glory to the Abba and the Word and the Holy Breath of Love.

Gospel Canticle

Antiphon

Stay with us, Lord, it is near evening

and the day is almost over, alleluia, alleluia!

Canticle of Mary

My heart + is radiant with the Lord,

My whole being delights in God my Savior.

 

All people now will call me blessed

For God has loved this humble handmaid.

The Almighty has shown me great favor

Holy is the NAME,

 

Whose mercy embraces the faithful,

From one generation to the next.

The mighty arm of God,

Scatters the proud in their own conceit,

 

Pulls tyrants from their thrones

While lifting up the lowly:

Fills the famished with bounty,

And reveals the emptiness of riches.

 

Rescues lowly Israel,

Sharing such loving kindness,

As promised to our ancestors

To Abraham and Sarah, and their descendants forever.

 

Glory to the One and to the Word

And to the Breath of Love

As always before

So now and evermore. Amen

Stay with us, Lord, it is near evening

and the day is almost over, alleluia, alleluia!

 

SERVICE OF PRAYER

Litany of Intercession

By your resurrection, O Love,

you become the firstborn of the dead.

~Help us live the newness of your life.

 

By your resurrection

you seal the New Covenant.

~Breathe your Spirit into our hearts.

 

By your resurrection

you overcame hate among people.

~Help us live the new commandment of love.

 

By your resurrection

you were clothed with immortality.

~Help us put on the New Humanity,

re-created in the justice and holiness of truth.

 

By your resurrection

you sit at the right hand of Abba.

~ Help us discover from nature and all that is real

the path to your community of love.

 

By your resurrection

you restore the universe.

~Restore our communities of faith with your joy

so that our lives may be witnesses of your resurrection.

 

 

Prayer of Jesus

Our Father…  

 

Closing Prayer

We bless and thank you, O Gracious God, for all that you have done in raising Jesus from the dead. You have conquered the power of death and opened to us the way to the freedom, flourishing and fullness of life which your love offers to us and all of your creation.  May the Risen Christ open our eyes and breathe into our hearts that we may know him in the breaking and sharing of bread and follow him in his risen life now and forever.   Amen

Blessing

May the God of Life who brought Jesus through death to new life + bless us with Peace and Joy, Alleluia!  ~Amen, Alleluia!

 

Let us bless Adonai, Alleluia, Alleluia!    ~Thanks be to God, Alleluia, Alleluia!

 

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Those who wish may end evening prayer with the Marian Antiphon for the Easter Season.

Regina Caeli laetare, alleluia!

Quia Quem meruisti portare, alleluia!

Resurrexit sicut dixit, alleluia!

Ora pro nobis Deum, alleluia!

 

Rejoice and be glad or Virgin Mary, Alleluia!

For our Love is truly risen, Alleluia!

 

Let us pray.

Holy, Immortal and Mighty God, you have brought joy to the world by raising Jesus from the dead. By the prayers of Mary his Mother, and of all the myrr-bearing women,

raise us up with Jesus and bring us to the fullness of life.  We ask this through the same Jesus Christ, our Risen Love.  Amen.

 

Alleluia!

(From Alleluia, Pascha Nostrum, Gospel Acclamation from Easter Sunday)