EASTER GREETINGS FROM SAINT JOHN’S CATHEDRAL

From earliest times Christians have gathered through the night of Easter to recall the story of God’s saving work, from creation through to the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. However, the Easter Liturgy is not merely a presentation of God’s work. It is meant to be a real experience of new life for the worshipper, a passing from darkness to light which offers hope to all the faithful. It is therefore important that the preparation is prayerful and thorough.
The Easter Vigil marks the end of the emptiness of Holy Saturday, and leads into the celebration of Christ’s resurrection. The singing of the Exsultet, the ancient hymn of triumph and rejoicing, links this night of our Christian redemption to the Passover night of Israel’s redemption out of Egypt. Christian baptism is a participation in the death and resurrection of Christ, a dying to sin in order to be reborn in him, and the Easter Vigil was from early Christian times a preferred occasion for baptism. It is fittingly a time when those who are already Christians may repeat with renewed commitment the promises of their own baptism, and strengthen their sense of incorporation into the royal and priestly ministry of the whole people of God.
On this day, we give God great thanks for this holy place of prayer and pilgrimage; for the presence of our bishop, the Rt. Rev. Kimberly D. Lucas; for every catechumen, their sponsors, and the whole baptized people of God on this Great Vigil of Easter, the queen of festivals.

THE LITURGY OF THE WORD

THE BLESSING OF THE NEW FIRE AND THE LIGHTING OF THE PASCHAL CANDLE
The service begins at the New Fire on All Souls’ Walk.
Presider
Dear People of God: On this most holy night, in which our Lord Jesus passed over from death to life, the Church invites her members, dispersed throughout the world, to gather in vigil and prayer. For this is the Passover of the Lord, in which, by hearing his Word and celebrating his Sacraments, we share in his victory over death.

Let us pray.

O God, through your Son you have bestowed upon your people the brightness of your light: Sanctify this new fire, and grant that in this Paschal feast we may so burn with heavenly desires, that with pure minds we may attain to the festival of everlasting light; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

May the light of Christ gloriously rising dispel the darkness of our hearts and minds. Amen.

The Paschal Candle is borne, leading the procession through the darkened Cathedral,
and the following is sung three times.


The candles that have been distributed to the congregation are lighted from the Paschal Candle while a cantor sings

THE EXULTET
Rejoice now, heavenly hosts and choirs of angels, and let your trumpets shout Salvation for the victory of our mighty King. Rejoice and sing now, all the round earth, bright with a glorious splendor, for darkness has been vanquished by our eternal King. Rejoice and be glad now, Mother Church, and let your holy courts, in radiant light, resound with the praises of your people.
All you who stand near this marvelous and holy flame, pray with me to God the Almighty for the grace to sing the worthy praise of this great light; through Jesus Christ his Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

It is truly right and good, always and everywhere, with our whole heart and mind and voice, to praise you, the invisible, almighty, and eternal God, and your only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ our Lord; for he is the true Paschal Lamb, who at the feast of the Passover paid for us the debt of Adam’s sin, and by his blood delivered your faithful people. This is the night, when you brought our ancestors, the children of Israel, out of bondage in Egypt, and led them through the Red Sea on dry land.
This is the night, when all who believe in Christ are delivered from the gloom of sin, and are restored to grace and holiness of life. This is the night, when Christ broke the bonds of death and hell, and rose victorious from the grave. How wonderful and beyond our knowing, O God, is your mercy and loving-kindness to us. That to redeem a slave, you gave us a Son. How holy is this night, when wickedness is put to flight, and sin is washed away. It restores innocence to the fallen, and joy to those who mourn. It casts out pride and hatred, and brings peace and concord.
How blessed is this night, when earth and heaven are joined and we are reconciled to God. Accept our evening sacrifice, the offering of this candle in your honor, which your Holy Church makes before you, and offers to you by the hands of your servants, the work of the bees, your creatures. May it shine continually to drive away all darkness, as we celebrate the glad solemnity of our redemption. May Christ, the Morning Star who knows no setting, find it ever burning—he who gives his light to all creation, and who lives and reigns one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

THE GREAT VIGIL

Presider
Let us hear the record of God’s saving deeds in history, how God saved God’s people in ages past; and let us pray that our God will bring each of us to the fullness of redemption.

THE FIRST LESSON
Genesis 1:1-2:2

In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day. And God said, “Let there be a dome in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.” So God made the dome and separated the waters that were under the dome from the waters that were above the dome. And it was so. God called the dome Sky. And there was evening and there was morning, the second day. And God said, “Let the waters under the sky be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear.” And it was so. God called the dry land Earth, and the waters that were gathered together he called Seas. And God saw that it was good. Then God said, “Let the earth put forth vegetation: plants yielding seed, and fruit trees of every kind on earth that bear fruit with the seed in it.” And it was so. The earth brought forth vegetation: plants yielding seed of every kind, and trees of every kind bearing fruit with the seed in it. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening and there was morning, the third day. And God said, “Let there be lights in the dome of the sky to separate the day from the night; and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years, and let them be lights in the dome of the sky to give light upon the earth.” And it was so. God made the two great lights— the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night—and the stars. God set them in the dome of the sky to give light upon the earth, to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening and there was morning, the fourth day. And God said, “Let the waters bring forth swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the dome of the sky.” So God created the great sea monsters and every living creature that moves, of every kind, with which the waters swarm, and every winged bird of every kind. And God saw that it was good. God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.” And there was evening and there was morning, the fifth day. And God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures of every kind: cattle and creeping things and wild animals of the earth of every kind” And it was so.

God made the wild animals of the earth of every kind, and the cattle of every kind, and everything that creeps upon the ground of every kind. And God saw that it was good. Then God said, “Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the wild animals of the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.” So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.” God said, “See, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit; you shall have them for food. And to every beast of the earth, and to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so. God saw everything that he had made, and indeed, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day. Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all their multitude. And on the seventh day God finished the work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all the work that he had done.

Lector  The Word of the Lord.
People  Thanks be to God.

PSALM 33:1-11
Plainchant
Sung by the choir.

1 Rejoice in the Lord, you righteous; *
 it is good for the just to sing praises.
2 Praise the Lord with the harp; *
 play to him upon the psaltery and lyre.
3 Sing for him a new song; *
 sound a fanfare with all your skill upon the trumpet.
4 For the word of the Lord is right, *
 and all of his works are true.
5 He loves righteousness and justice; *
 the loving-kindness of the Lord fills the whole earth.
6 By the word of the Lord were the heavens made, *
 by the breath of his mouth all the heavenly hosts.
7 He gathers up the waters of the ocean as in a water-skin *
 and stores up the depths of the sea.
8 Let all the earth fear the Lord; *
 let all who dwell in the world stand in awe of him.
9 For he spoke, and it came to pass; *
 he commanded, and it stood fast.
10 The Lord brings the will of the nations to naught; *
 he thwarts the designs of the peoples.
11 But the Lord’s will stands fast for ever, *
 and the designs of his heart from age to age.

THE SECOND LESSON
Exodus 14:10-31; 15:20-21

As Pharaoh drew near, the Israelites looked back, and there were the Egyptians advancing on them. In great fear the Israelites cried out to the Lord. They said to Moses, “Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you have taken us away to die in the wilderness? What have you done to us, bringing us out of Egypt? Is this not the very thing we told you in Egypt, ‘Let us alone and let us serve the Egyptians’? For it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the wilderness.” But Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid, stand firm, and see the deliverance that the Lord will accomplish for you today; for the Egyptians whom you see today you shall never see again. The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to keep still.” Then the Lord said to Moses, “Why do you cry out to me? Tell the Israelites to go forward. But you lift up your staff, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it, that the Israelites may go into the sea on dry ground. Then I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians so that they will go in after them; and so I will gain glory for myself over Pharaoh and all his army, his chariots,and his chariot drivers. And the Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord, when I have gained glory for myself over Pharaoh, his chariots, and his chariot drivers.” The angel of God who was going before the Israelite army moved and went behind them; and the pillar of cloud moved from in front of them and took its place behind them. It came between the army of Egypt and the army of Israel. And so the cloud was there with the darkness, and it lit up the night; one did not come near the other all night. Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea. The Lord drove the sea back by a strong east wind all night, and turned the sea into dry land; and the waters were divided. The Israelites went into the sea on dry ground, the waters forming a wall for them on their right and on their left. The Egyptians pursued, and went into the sea after them, all of Pharaoh’s horses, chariots, and chariot drivers. At the morning watch the Lord in the pillar of fire and cloud looked down upon the Egyptian army, and threw the Egyptian army into panic. He clogged their chariot wheels so that they turned with difficulty. The Egyptians said, “Let us flee from the Israelites, for the Lord is fighting for them against Egypt.” Then the Lord said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand over the sea, so that the water may come back upon the Egyptians, upon their chariots and chariot drivers.” So Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and at dawn the sea returned to its normal depth. As the Egyptians fled before it, the Lord tossed the Egyptians into the sea. The waters returned and covered the chariots and the chariot drivers, the entire army of Pharaoh that had followed them into the sea; not one of them remained. But the Israelites walked on dry ground through the sea, the waters forming a wall for them on their right and on their left. Thus the Lord saved Israel that day from the Egyptians; and Israel saw the Egyptians dead on the seashore. Israel saw the great work that the Lord did against the Egyptians. So the people feared the Lord and believed in the Lord and in his servant Moses. Then Moses and the Israelites sang this song to the Lord: “I will sing to the Lord, for he has triumphed gloriously; horse and rider he has thrown into the sea.

Lector  The Word of the Lord.
People  Thanks be to God.

All stand.

HYMN 648
When Israel was in Egypt’s land
Go down, Moses

Presider
Let us pray.
O God, whose wonderful deeds of old shine forth even to our own day, you once delivered by the power of your mighty arm your chosen people from slavery under Pharaoh, to be a sign for us of the salvation of all nations by the water of Baptism: Grant that all the peoples of the earth may be numbered among the offspring of Abraham, and rejoice in the inheritance of Israel; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

All sit and extinguish their candles.

HOLY BAPTISM, CONFIRMATION, RECEPTION, AND REAFFIRMATION OF BAPTISMAL VOWS

THE PRESENTATION AND EXAMINATION OF THE CANDIDATES

Presider  The Candidates for Holy Baptism will now be presented.
Presenters  We present N. to receive the Sacrament of Baptism.
Presider  Do you desire to be baptized?
Candidates  I do.
Presider  Do you renounce Satan and all the spiritual forces of wickedness that rebel against God?
Candidates  I renounce them.
Presider  Do you renounce the evil powers of this world which corrupt and destroy the creatures of God?
Candidates  I renounce them.
Presider  Do you renounce all sinful desires that draw you from the love of God?
Candidates  I renounce them.
Presider  Do you turn to Jesus Christ and accept him as your Savior?
Candidates  I do.
Presider  Do you put your whole trust in his grace and love?
Candidates  I do.
Presider  Do you promise to follow and obey him as your Lord?
Presenters  I do.
Presider  The Candidates for Confirmation, Reception, and Reaffirmation of Baptismal Vows will now be presented.

The candidates for Confirmation, Reception, and Reaffirmation of Baptismal vows stand.

Presenters  We present these persons for Confirmation, to be received into this Communion, and to reaffirm their baptismal vows.
Presider  Do you reaffirm your renunciation of evil?
Candidates  I do.
Presider  Do you renew your commitment to Jesus Christ?
Candidates  I do, and with God’s grace I will follow him as my Savior and Lord.

All stand.

Presider  Will you who witness these vows do all in your power to support these persons in their life in Christ?
People  We will.
Presider  Let us join with those who are committing themselves to Christ and renew our own baptismal covenant.

THE BAPTISMAL COVENANT

Presider  Do you believe in God the Father?
People  I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
Presider  Do you believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God?
People  I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.
He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again.
He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
Presider  Do you believe in God the Holy Spirit?
People  I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.
Presider  Will you continue in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in the prayers?
People  I will, with God’s help.
Presider  Will you persevere in resisting evil, and, whenever you fall into sin, repent and return to the Lord?
People  I will, with God’s help.
Presider  Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself?
People  I will, with God’s help.
Presider  Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being?
People  I will, with God’s help.

THE PRAYERS FOR THE CANDIDATES

Presider  Deliver them O Lord, from the way of sin and death.
People  Lord, hear our prayer.
Presider  Open their hearts to your grace and truth.
People  Lord, hear our prayer.
Presider  Fill them with your holy and life-giving Spirit.
People  Lord, hear our prayer.
Presider  Keep them in the faith and communion of your holy Church.
People  Lord, hear our prayer.
Presider  Teach them to love others in the power of the Spirit.
People  Lord, hear our prayer.
Presider  Send them into the world in witness to your love.
People  Lord, hear our prayer.
Presider  Bring them to the fullness of your peace and glory.
People  Lord, hear our prayer.
Presider  Grant, O Lord, that all who are baptized into the death of Jesus Christ your Son may live in the power of his resurrection and look for him to come again in glory; who lives and reigns now and forever. Amen.

THANKSGIVING OVER THE WATER

Presider  The Lord be with you.
People  And also with you.
Presider  Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
People  It is right to give him thanks and praise.

Presider
We thank you, Almighty God, for the gift of water. Over it the Holy Spirit moved in the beginning of creation. Through it you led the children of Israel out of their bondage in Egypt into the land of promise. In it your Son Jesus received the baptism of John and was anointed by the Holy Spirit as the Messiah, the Christ, to lead us, through his death and resurrection, from the bondage of sin into everlasting life.
We thank you, Father, for the water of Baptism. In it we are buried with Christ in his death. By it we share in his resurrection. Through it we are reborn by the Holy Spirit. Therefore in joyful obedience to your Son, we bring into his fellowship those who come to him in faith, baptizing them in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
Now sanctify this water, we pray you, by the power of your Holy Spirit, that those who here are cleansed from sin and born again may continue for ever in the risen life of Jesus Christ our Savior. To him, to you, and to the Holy Spirit, be all honor and glory, now and for ever. Amen.

All sit.

THE BAPTISM

Presider  N., I baptize you in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
People  Amen.
Presider  N., you are sealed by the Holy Spirit in Baptism and marked as Christ’s own forever.
People  Amen.
Presider  Let us pray.

All stand.

Presider  Heavenly Father, we thank you that by water and the Holy Spirit you have bestowed upon these your servants the forgiveness of sin and have raised them to the new life of grace. Sustain them, O Lord, in your Holy Spirit. Give them an inquiring and discerning heart, the courage to will and to persevere, a spirit to know and to love you, and the gift of joy and wonder in all your works.
People  Amen.
Presider  Let us welcome the newly baptized saying together,
People  We receive you into the household of God. Confess the faith of Christ crucified, proclaim his resurrection, and share with us in his eternal priesthood. Amen.
Presider
Let us now pray for these persons who have renewed their commitment to Christ.
The People pray silently.

Almighty God, we thank you that by the death and resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ you have overcome sin and brought us to yourself, and that by the sealing of your Holy Spirit you have bound us to your service. Renew in these your servants the covenant you made with them at their Baptism. Send them forth in the power of that Spirit to perform the service you set before them; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

All sit as the catechumens come forward for the laying on of hands.

FOR CONFIRMATION

Bishop  Strengthen, O Lord, your servant N. with your Holy Spirit; empower them for your service; and sustain them all the days of their life. Amen..

FOR RECEPTION

Bishop  N., we recognize you as a member of the one holy catholic and apostolic Church, and we receive you into the fellowship of this Communion. God, the Father, God, the Son, and God, the Holy Spirit, bless, preserve, and keep you. Amen.

FOR REAFFIRMATION OF BAPTISMAL VOWS

Bishop  N., may the Holy Spirit, who has begun a good work in you, direct and uphold you in the service of Christ and his kingdom. Amen.

All stand.
Bishop
Almighty and everliving God, let your fatherly hand ever be over these your servants; let your Holy Spirit ever be with them; and so lead them in the knowledge and obedience of your Word, that they may serve you in this life, and dwell with you in the life to come; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Greet these new and renewed members of the Body of Christ and of the Saint John’s community.

The People respond with enthusiastic applause.

THE FIRST EUCHARIST OF EASTER

THE ACCLAMATION

Repeated three times with increased gusto.

Presider  Alleluia. Christ is risen.
People  The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia.

GLORIA IN EXCELSIS
Mass in E
Jeffery Smith


THE COLLECT OF THE DAY
Presider  The Lord be with you.
People  And also with you.
Presider  Let us pray.

Almighty God, who for our redemption gave your only- begotten Son to the death of the cross, and by his glorious resurrection delivered us from the power of our enemy: Grant us so to die daily to sin, that we may evermore live with him in the joy of his resurrection; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

THE GOSPEL ACCLAMATION

All sing the Alleluia then repeat after the verse.

Verse  Christ, our Passover, has been sacrificed; let us celebrate the feast then, in the Lord.

THE GOSPEL
Matthew 28:1-10

Minister  The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew.
People  Glory to you, Lord Christ.

After the sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And 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. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. For fear of him the guards shook and became like dead men. But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then 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.” So they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came to him, took hold of his feet, and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”

Minister  The Gospel of the Lord.
People  Praise to you, Lord Christ.

All sit.

THE SERMON

All stand.

THE PEACE

Presider  The peace of Christ be always with you.
People  And also with you.

All sit.

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THE HOLY COMMUNION

OFFERTORY ANTHEM
Ye choirs of new Jerusalem
Charles Villiers Stanford
Ye choirs of new Jerusalem, your sweetest notes employ, the Paschal victory to hymn in strains of holy joy. For Judah’s Lion bursts his chains, crushing the serpent’s head; and cries aloud through death’s domains to wake the imprisoned dead. Devouring depths of hell their prey at his command restore; his ransomed hosts pursue their way where Jesus goes before. Triumphant in his glory now to him all power is given; to him in one communion bow all saints in earth and heaven. While we, his soldiers, praise our King, his mercy we implore, within his palace bright to bring and keep us evermore. All glory to the Father be, all glory to the Son, all glory, Holy Ghost, to thee, while endless ages run. Alleluia! Amen.

All stand.

THE GREAT THANKSGIVING
Eucharistic Prayer D

Presider  The Lord be with you.
People  And also with you.
Presider  Lift up your hearts.
People  We lift them to the Lord.
Presider  Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
People  It is right to give him thanks and praise.

It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and everywhere to give thanks to you, Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. For our sins he was lifted high upon the cross, that he might draw the whole world to himself; and, by his suffering and death, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who put their trust in him. Therefore we praise you, joining our voices with Angels and Archangels and with all the company of heaven, who for ever sing this hymn to proclaim the glory of your Name:

SANCTUS and BENEDICTUS
Mass in E
Jeffery Smith

Presider
We acclaim you, holy Lord, glorious in power. Your mighty works reveal your wisdom and love. You formed us in your own image, giving the whole world into our care, so that, in obedience to you, our Creator, we might rule and serve all your creatures. When our disobedience took us far from you, you did not abandon us to the power of death. In your mercy you came to our help, so that in seeking you we might find you. Again and again you called us into covenant with you, and through the prophets you taught us to hope for salvation.

Father, you loved the world so much that in the fullness of time you sent your only Son to be our Savior. Incarnate by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, he lived as one of us, yet without sin. To the poor he proclaimed the good news of salvation; to prisoners, freedom; to the sorrowful, joy. To fulfill your purpose he gave himself up to death; and, rising from the grave, destroyed death, and made the whole creation new. And, that we might live no longer for ourselves, but for him who died and rose for us, he sent the Holy Spirit, his own first gift for those who believe, to complete his work in the world, and to bring to fulfillment the sanctification of all.

When the hour had come for him to be glorified by you, his heavenly Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end; at supper with them he took bread, and when he had given thanks to you, he broke it, and gave it to his disciples, and said, “Take, eat: This is my Body, which is given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.”

After supper he took the cup of wine; and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, and said, “Drink this, all of you: This is my Blood of the new Covenant, which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this in remembrance of me.”

Father, we now celebrate this memorial of our redemption. Recalling Christ’s death and his descent among the dead, proclaiming his resurrection and ascension to your right hand, awaiting his coming in glory; and offering to you, from the gifts you have given us, this bread and this cup, we praise you and we bless you.
We praise you,
we bless you,
we give thanks to you,
and we pray to you, Lord our God.


Lord, we pray that in your goodness and mercy your Holy Spirit may descend upon us, and upon these gifts, sanctifying them and showing them to be holy gifts for your holy people, the bread of life and the cup of salvation, the Body and Blood of your Son Jesus Christ.

Grant that all who share this bread and cup may become one body and one spirit, a living sacrifice in Christ, to the praise of your Name. Remember, Lord, your one holy catholic and apostolic Church, redeemed by the blood of your Christ. Reveal its unity, guard its faith, and preserve it in peace. Remember all who minister in your Church. Remember all your people, and those who seek your truth. Remember all who have died in the peace of Christ, and those whose faith is known to you alone; bring them in to the place of eternal joy and light.

And grant that we may find our inheritance with the Ever-Blessed Virgin Mary, with patriarchs, prophets, apostles, and martyrs, and all the saints who have found favor with you in ages past. We praise you in union with them and give you glory through your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Through Christ, and with Christ, and in Christ, all honor and glory are yours, Almighty God and Father, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, for ever and ever. AMEN.

And now as our Savior Christ has taught us, we are bold to say,

Presider and People
Our Father, who art in heaven,
 hallowed be thy Name,
 thy kingdom come,
 thy will be done,
 on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
 as we forgive those
 who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
 but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
 and the power, and the glory,
 for ever and ever. Amen.

THE BREAKING OF THE BREAD

The Presider breaks the consecrated bread.

AGNUS DEI
Mass in E
Jeffery Smith

ANTHEM
Here, O my Lord
Eleanor Daley

Here, O my Lord I see thee face to face, here would I touch and handle things unseen, here grasp with firmer hand the eternal grace, and all my weariness upon thee lean. Here would I feed upon the bread of God, here drink with thee, the royal wine of heaven, here would I lay aside each earthly load, and taste afresh the calm of sin forgiven. This is the hour of banquet and of song, this is the heavenly table spread for me, here let me feast, and feasting still prolong the brief bright hour of fellowship with thee. Amen.
HYMN 190
Lift your voice rejoicing, Mary
Fisk of Gloucester

HYMN 328
Draw nigh and take the body
Song 46

THE PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

Let us pray.

Eternal God, heavenly Father, you have graciously accepted us as living members of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ, and you have fed us with spiritual food in the Sacrament of his Body and Blood. Send us now into the world in peace, and grant us strength and courage to love and serve you with gladness and singleness of heart; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Bishop  Our help is in the name of the Lord;
People  The maker of heaven and earth.
Bishop  Blessed be the name of the Lord;
People  From this time forth for evermore.
Bishop The blessing, mercy, and grace of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be upon you, and remain with you for ever. Amen.

HYMN 207
Jesus Christ is risen today
Easter Hymn

THE DISMISSAL

Minister  Alleluia. Alleluia. We have seen the Lord.
People  Thanks be to God. Alleluia. Alleluia.

VOLUNTARY
Symphony I: Finale
Louis Vierne

PRESIDER & PREACHER
The Right Reverend Kimberly D. Lucas
XI Bishop of Colorado

DEACON OF THE MASS
The Reverend Jack Karn
Deacon for Community Partnerships

ASSISTING CLERGY
The Very Reverend Richard Lawson
Dean

The Reverend Canon Broderick Greer
Canon Precentor

The Reverend Canon Katie Pearson
Canon Pastor

The Reverend Amy Newell-Large
Curate for Parish Life

MUSICIANS
Dr. Michael Boney
Director of Music and Organist
Mr. Joseph O’Berry
Associate Director of Music and Organist

Saint John’s Cathedral Choir

LECTORS
Bradley Jackson
First Lesson

Kathryn Starnella
Second Lesson

Tom Stoever
Prayers
ALTAR GUILD
Robin Van Atta
Director

SACRISTAN
Zane Johnson


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