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Easter Day - The First Sunday of Easter

1st April 2018

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First Service

Collect One

If there are two celebrations of the Holy Communion this collect may be used at the first.

Almighty God,
who through thine only-begotten Son Jesus Christ
hast overcome death,
and opened unto us the gate of everlasting life;
We humbly beseech thee,
that, as by thy special grace preventing us
thou dost put into our minds good desires,
so by thy continual help we may bring the same to good effect;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit,
ever one God, world without end.

Collect Two

Almighty God,
through your only-begotten Son Jesus Christ
you have overcome death
and opened to us the gate of everlasting life:
Grant that, as by your grace going before us
you put into our minds good desires,
so by your continual help we may bring them to good effect;
through Jesus Christ our risen Lord
who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

The First Reading

The Psalm

The Second Reading

The Gospel Reading

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Post Communion Prayer

Living God,
for our redemption you gave your only-begotten Son
to the death of the cross,
and by his glorious resurrection
you have delivered us from the power of our enemy.
Grant us so to die daily unto sin,
that we may evermore live with him in the joy of his risen life;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Suggested Hymns

1st Reading Acts 10: 34–43 [Ep1A/E1AC]
250* All hail the power of Jesu’s name
263* Crown him with many crowns (vv.1–4)
264* Finished the strife of battle now
91* He is Lord, he is Lord
271* Jesus Christ is risen today
96* Jesus is Lord! Creation’s voice proclaims it
102* Name of all majesty
306* O Spirit of the living God
197* Songs of thankfulness and praise
286* The strife is o’er, the battle done
491* We have a gospel to proclaim

Alternative Isaiah 25: 6–9 [ASB]
1st Reading 251 Alleluia! alleluia! Hearts to heaven and voices raise
254 At the Lamb’s high feast we sing
264* Finished the strife of battle now
512* From you all skill and science flow
466* Here from all nations, all tongues and all peoples
467* How bright those glorious spirits shine
270 I know that my Redeemer lives
553* Jesu, lover of my soul
135* [O come, O come, Emmanuel]
280 Our Lord Christ hath risen


Psalm Psalm 118: 1–2, 14–24 [E1AC]
683* All people that on earth do dwell
326* Blessèd city, heavenly Salem
* (Christ is made the sure foundation)
327* Christ is our corner stone
282 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good (Surrexit Christus)
714* Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might
715* Holy, holy, holy, Lord God, the Lord Almighty
334 I will enter his gates with thanksgiving in my heart
340* Sing and be glad, for this is God’s house!
678* Ten thousand times ten thousand
78* This is the day that the Lord has made
493* Ye that know the Lord is gracious



Alternative Easter Anthems 1 Cor.5: 7–8; Rom.6: 9–11; 1 Cor.15: 20–22 [E1AC]
Canticle 258* Christ the Lord is risen again
328* Come on and celebrate
264* Finished the strife of battle now
431* Lord, enthroned in heavenly splendour
703 Now lives the Lamb of God
108* Praise to the Holiest in the height (vv. 1–4, 7)
283* The Day of Resurrection
286* The strife is o’er, the battle done
186 What Adam’s disobedience cost


2nd Reading 1 Corinthians 15: 1–11 [5LC]
218* And can it be that I should gain
257 Christ is the world’s Redeemer
286* The strife is o’er, the battle done
248* We sing the praise of him who died


The Gospel John 20: 1–18 [E1AC]
256 Christ is risen, as he said
87 Christ is the world’s light, he and none other
258* Christ the Lord is risen again
74 First of the week and finest day
265* Good Joseph had a garden
271* Jesus Christ is risen today
338* Jesus, stand among us
424* Jesus, stand among us at the meeting of our lives
273 Led like a lamb to the slaughter
274 Light’s glittering morn bedecks the sky
277 Love’s redeeming work is done
107 One day when heaven was filled with his praises
283* The Day of Resurrection
288* Thine be the glory, risen, conquering Son
115* Thou art the Way: to thee alone
290 Walking in a garden at the close of day


Alternative Gospel Mark 16: 1–8 [EVB]
255* Christ is risen, alleluia!
258* Christ the Lord is risen again
74 First of the week and finest day
271* Jesus Christ is risen today
274 Light’s glittering morn bedecks the sky
279 O sons and daughters, let us sing (vv. 1–3, 9)
107 One day when heaven was filled with his praises
109 Sing alleluia to the Lord
115* Thou art the Way: to thee alone
491* We have a gospel to proclaim

Second Service

Collect One

If there are two celebrations of the Holy Communion this collect may be used at the first.

Almighty God,
who through thine only-begotten Son Jesus Christ
hast overcome death,
and opened unto us the gate of everlasting life;
We humbly beseech thee,
that, as by thy special grace preventing us
thou dost put into our minds good desires,
so by thy continual help we may bring the same to good effect;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit,
ever one God, world without end.

Collect Two

Almighty God,
through your only-begotten Son Jesus Christ
you have overcome death
and opened to us the gate of everlasting life:
Grant that, as by your grace going before us
you put into our minds good desires,
so by your continual help we may bring them to good effect;
through Jesus Christ our risen Lord
who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

The First Reading

The Psalm

The Second Reading

The Gospel Reading

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Post Communion Prayer

Living God,
for our redemption you gave your only-begotten Son
to the death of the cross,
and by his glorious resurrection
you have delivered us from the power of our enemy.
Grant us so to die daily unto sin,
that we may evermore live with him in the joy of his risen life;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

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