EASTER VESPERS Saturday

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Adonai brought out this people with joy,

God’s chosen ones with shouts of rejoicing, 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!

Now Christ, our Paschal Lamb is slain,
The Lamb of God who knows no stain;
The true Oblation offered here,
Our own Unleavened Bread sincere.


For Christ, arising from the dead,
From conquered hell victorious sped;
He thrusts the tyrant down to chains,
And Paradise for us regains.


Creations’ Author, now we pray,
Fulfill in us your joy today;
When death assails, grant, Love, that we
May share your Paschal victory.

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


Evening Psalmody

SERVICE    OF THE WORD

Antiphon 

 Thomas, because you have seen, you have believed;

blessed are those who have not seen and still believe.  Alleluia, Alleluia!

Psalm 111/112

Happy are those who love God

and delight in the whole of Torah!

Their children shall be blest,

strong and upright in the land.


The households of the just will flourish

their integrity stands firm forever.

A light shines from them for others

for they are generous, merciful and just.


The good lend freely to others

and conduct their affairs with honor.

They never waver from doing what is right

their justice is remembered forever.


They do not fear evil news

with strong hearts they trust in God.

Steadfast and without fear

they will watch the wicked crumble.


But hatred devours the wicked 

who grind their teeth and depart;

their hopes all turn to ashes.


Glory to the ONE and to the WORD

and to the BREATH of Love!

As always before,  

so now and evermore.  Amen

  Thomas, because you have seen, you have believed;

blessed are those who have not seen and still believe.  Alleluia, Alleluia!


READING         I Peter 2:9-10

You are “a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people of his own, so that you may announce the praises” of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were “no people” but now you are God’s people; you “had not received mercy” but now you have received mercy. 

 Responsory

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

V. Let us rejoice and be happy today *alleluia, alleluia! 

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

Gospel Canticle

Antiphon

“Put your finger here and know the place of the nails,

do not remain incredulous, but believe,” 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 Holy Breath of Love

As always before

So now and evermore. Amen

“Put your finger here and know the place of the nails,

do not remain incredulous, but believe,” 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, 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 Dear Abba in heaven…


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 oh Virgin Mary, Alleluia!

For our Love is truly risen, Alleluia!


Let us pray.

Holy, Mighty and Immortal 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.