The Great Vigil of Easter

Saturday, April 15, 2017
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Liturgy of the Word

At least two of the following Lessons are read, of which one is always the Lesson from Exodus. After each Lesson, the Psalm or Canticle listed, or some other suitable psalm, canticle, or hymn, may be sung. A period of silence may be kept; and the Collects provided on pages 288-91, or some other suitable Collect, may be said. It is recommended that the first Collect on page 290 be used after the Lesson from Baruch or Proverbs.

Genesis 1:1-2:4a - Psalm 136:1-9,23-26
Genesis 7:1-5,11-18;8:6-18; 9:8-13 - Psalm 46
Genesis 22:1-18 - Psalm 16
Exodus 14:10-31;15:20-21 - Canticle 8
Isaiah 55:1-11 - Canticle 9
Baruch 3:9-15,32-4:4 or Proverbs 8:1-8,19-21;9:4b-6 - Psalm 19
Ezekiel 36:24-28 - Psalm 42 and 43
Ezekiel 37:1-14 - Psalm 143
Zephaniah 3:14-20 - Psalm 98

At the Eucharist

First Lesson: 
Romans 6:3-11

3Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4Therefore we have been buried with him by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.

5 For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. 6We know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be destroyed, and we might no longer be enslaved to sin. 7For whoever has died is freed from sin. 8But if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 9We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. 10The death he died, he died to sin, once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. 11So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.

Psalm: 
Psalm 114

1 Hallelujah!
  When Israel came out of Egypt, *
       the house of Jacob from a people of strange speech,
2 Judah became God's sanctuary *
       and Israel his dominion.
3 The sea beheld it and fled; *
       Jordan turned and went back.
4 The mountains skipped like rams, *
       and the little hills like young sheep.
5 What ailed you, O sea, that you fled? *
       O Jordan, that you turned back?
6 You mountains, that you skipped like rams? *
       you little hills like young sheep?
7 Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord, *
       at the presence of the God of Jacob,
8 Who turned the hard rock into a pool of water *
      and flint-stone into a flowing spring.

Gospel: 
Matthew 28:1-10 

1After the sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. 2And suddenly there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord, descending from heaven, came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. 3His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. 4For fear of him the guards shook and became like dead men. 5But the angel said to the women, ‘Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. 6He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. 7Then go quickly and tell his disciples, “He has been raised from the dead, and indeed he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him.” This is my message for you.’ 8So they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples.9Suddenly Jesus met them and said, ‘Greetings!’ And they came to him, took hold of his feet, and worshipped him. 10Then Jesus said to them, ‘Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.’

The Old Testament, New Testament and Gospels readings are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Anglicized Edition, copyright 1989, 1995, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

The Collects, Psalms and Canticles are from the Book of Common Prayer, 1979.

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