We light the EASTER CANDLE and say or sing:

Christ our Light!

~Thanks be to God!


I believe that my Redeemer lives, alleluia!

~And in my flesh I shall see God, my Savior, alleluia!



Rejoice, angelic choirs, rejoice! Rejoice now, all creation!

Let trumpets loudly raise their voice To hail the Lord’s salvation;

Let all Christ’s holy people sing triumphal shouts of vict’ry bring

In festal celebration.


O earth, exult in radiance bright, Illumined by Christ’s splendor!

Your darkness now is put to flight; To him due praises render!

Be glad, O Church! sing out your songs! Your temples fill with shouting throngs

To hail the glorious victor!


Let all who gather round this flame, The sign of Christ’s arising,

The deathless light of Christ acclaim, His saving mercy prizing;

That all may live by faith in him Who conquered death, despair and sin

To make us free forever.

Text: Exsultet Iam Angelica, tr. Joel Lundeen (c) LBW 1978, alt. ; Tune: MIT FREUDEN ZART, 87 87 887



Evening Psalmody


Jesus was given up for our sins

and he rose for our justification:  Alleluia, Alleluia!

Psalm 75/76

In loving places, O Great Love, you are known,

those who love you glory in your Name.

You set up your tent in the City of Peace,

your dwelling place accessible to all.

From there you break the flaming arrow,

the shield, the sword, and war itself.


Glorious and clothed with Light,

more majestic than the everlasting mountains!

That which is haughty is brought down where it belongs,

the plunder of greed is stripped and despoiled;

The violent are dazed and cannot lift a hand,

In the face of such love, horse and rider are stunned.


You alone command such reverence and awe–

who can remain defiant in the face of such power!

Your verdict sounds from heaven:

our Earth trembles and then is very still,

when you arise to judge and give the command:

“liberate the oppressed and defend the poor.”


When compassion moves you to action

even the warlike stand in awe.

Let all who make vows to Adonai keep them;

let all offer gifts to the One who is awesome,

who takes away the breath of tyrants,

and stuns those who claim to rule on earth.


Glory to the ONE and to the WORD

and to the BREATH of Love,

as always before,

so now and evermore, Amen.

Jesus was given up for our sins

and he rose for our justification:  Alleluia, Alleluia!



READING          ACTs 7: 55-60

Stephen, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked up intently to heaven and saw the glory of God
and Jesus standing at the right hand of God, and Stephen said, “Behold, I see the heavens opened and the Human One standing at the right hand of God.”
But they cried out in a loud voice, covered their ears, and rushed upon him together.
They threw him out of the city, and began to stone him.
As they were stoning Stephen, he called out, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.”
Then he fell to his knees and cried out in a loud voice,
“Lord, do not hold this sin against them; ”and when he said this, he fell asleep.



R.  O death, where is your victory? O Sheol, where is your  sting?* alleluia, alleluia!  

V. In the Spirit Jesus proclaimed victory to those in prison.*alleluia, alleluia!  

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

Gospel Canticle


“I am the bread of life;
whoever comes to me will never hunger,
and whoever believes in me will never thirst.” 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

“I am the bread of life;
whoever comes to me will never hunger,
and whoever believes in me will never thirst.”


Litany of Intercession

O Risen Love, the Holy Spirit raised you from the dead and made you the Source of life;

~ make all things new and fill them with your Risen Life. 

O Risen Love, you are Savior of the world and Shepherd of the new creation; ~raise our hearts and minds to the lifestyle and love-style of the Kin-dom of God.

O Risen Love, you are always present where two or three are gathered in your name;

~through your Holy Spirit, guide all communities of faith to the fullness and unity of truth.

O Risen Love, you are the Strength of the Sick and the Comfort of the dying; ~send your healing to the sick and use us to be your presence to the dying and those who care for them.

O Risen Love, you are the Light that never fails and the Peace that surpasses all understanding; ~ as this day draws to a close may the glory of  your resurrection shine on all those who have died and all those who grieve their passing.




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 recognize him in the wounds of the world, know him in the breaking and sharing of bread, and follow him in his risen life now and forever.   Amen


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

~Amen, Alleluia!


Let us bless Adonai, Alleluia, Alleluia!

~Thanks be to God, Alleluia, Alleluia!



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

O Queen of heaven, Be joyful, alleluia!

For He whom you rejoiced to bear for us, alleluia!

Has arisen, as he promised, alleluia!

Pray now for us to our God, alleluia!


Rejoice and be glad, O 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 myrrh-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.