Easter Day



A warm welcome to this service

Our key Easter theme is the light of Jesus’ resurrection. From the darkness of Good Friday, Jesus’ crucifixion, the light of new life transforms all.  The celebration colours of gold and white reappear in church decoration and vestments, emphasising the joy and brightness of this glorious morn!

Alleluia, Christ is risen!

The Gathering

All    Alleluia!                                                  

The Greeting

The Lord be with you                    All  and also with you.

Alleluia.  Christ is risen.                All  He is risen indeed. Alleluia.                               

Prayer of Preparation

All               Faithful one, whose word is life: come with saving power to free our praise, inspire our prayer and shape our lives for the kingdom of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen                                     

Invitation to Confession

Deacon      Christ our Passover lamb has been sacrificed for us. Let us therefore rejoice by putting away all malice and evil and confessing our sins with a sincere and true heart.         1 Cor 5.7,8)


Like Mary at the empty tomb, we fail to grasp the wonder of your presence.

Lord, have mercy.           All   Lord, have mercy.

Like the disciples behind locked doors, we are afraid to be seen as your followers.

Christ, have mercy.         All   Christ, have mercy.

Like Thomas in the upper room, we are slow to believe.

Lord, have mercy.            All   Lord, have mercy.


President    May the God of love and power forgive you and free you from your sins, heal and strengthen you by  is Spirit, and raise you to new life in Christ our Lord.            All   Amen.

Peruvian Gloria                              

Glory to God, glory to God, glory to our maker.    All  Glory to God, glory to God, glory to our maker.

To God be glory for ever.                                       All   To God be glory for ever.

Refrain       Alleluia, Amen.                                    All   Alleluia, Amen.

                  Alleluia, Amen                                      All   Alleluia, Amen.

                  Alleluia, Amen                                      All    Alleluia, Amen.

Glory to Christ, glory to Christ, glory to our brother. All   Glory to Christ, glory to Christ, glory to our brother.

To Christ be glory for ever.                                      All   To Christ be glory for ever.     


Glory to God, glory to God, glory to the Spirit.       All   Glory to God, glory to God, glory to the Spirit.

To God be glory for ever.                                        All    To God be glory for ever.        


The Collect

The priest gathers together, or collects, our prayers.

Lord of all life and power, who through the mighty resurrection of your Son overcame the old order of sin and death to make all things new in him: grant that we, being dead to sin and alive to you in Jesus Christ, may reign with him in glory and might, now and in all eternity.                    All   Amen.

The Liturgy of the Word                                                       

New Testament Reading - Acts 10.34–43

Peter began to speak to those assembled in the house of Cornelius: ‘I truly understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. You know the message he sent to the people of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ – he is Lord of all. That message spread throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John announced: how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power; how he went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. We are witnesses to all that he did both in Judea and in Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a tree; but God raised him on the third day and allowed him to appear, not to all the people but to us who were chosen by God as witnesses, and who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one ordained by God as judge of the living and the dead. All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.’     

For the word of the Lord,                                              All    Thanks be to God.

Gospel Reading - John 20.1–18    

Alleluia, alleluia.

Jesus said, “All who see the Son and believe in him may have eternal life; and I will raise them up on the last day.

Alleluia, alleluia.                                                   

The Lord be with you                                                   All   and also with you.

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John. 

All               Glory to you, O Lord.

Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, ‘They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.’ Then Peter and the other disciple set out and went towards the tomb. The two were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent down to look in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen wrappings lying there, and the cloth that had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen wrappings but rolled up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; for as yet they did not understand the scripture, that he must rise from the dead. Then the disciples returned to their homes. But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb; and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying, one at the head and the other at the feet. They said to her, ‘Woman, why are you weeping?’ She said to them, ‘They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.’ When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, why are you weeping? For whom are you looking?’ Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, ‘Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.’ Jesus said to her, ‘Mary!’ She turned and said to him in Hebrew, ‘Rabbouni!’ which means Teacher. Jesus said to her, ‘Do not hold on to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and say to them, “I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.”’ Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, ‘I have seen the Lord’; and she told them that he had said these things to her.

This is the Gospel of the Lord.                               All   Praise to you, O Christ.

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Profession of Faith                 

Let us affirm our faith in the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Do you believe and trust in God the Father, source of all being and life, The one for whom we exist?

All              I believe and trust in him.

Do you believe and trust in God the Son, who took our human nature, died for us and rose again?

All               I believe and trust in him.

Do you believe and trust in God the Holy Spirit, who gives life to the people of God and makes Christ known in the world?

All               I believe and trust in him.

This is the faith of the Church.

All               This is our faith. We believe and trust in God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Easter Day Intercessions  

During each response, a symbol is placed into the Easter garden.

Holy God, we praise you for the resurrection of your Son, Jesus Christ. Shed his living light on all people, that we may live as those who embody the risen life of Christ.

All               We praise you for the resurrection.

A lighted candle is placed in the garden.

We pray for those who at this season are receiving in baptism your Son’s new life by water and the spirit. Dying with Christ, may they know the power of his resurrection.

All               We pray for those who at this season are receiving baptism

A jar of water is placed in the garden.

We pray for all whom we know and love, both near and far. May their eyes be opened to see the glory of the risen Lord, interwoven into the fabric of their lives.

All               We pray for all whom we know and love.

A jar of perfume is placed in the garden.

We pray for those who suffer pain and anguish. Grant them the faith to reach out towards the healing wounds of Christ, and be filled with his peace.

All               We pray for those who suffer pain and anguish.

A piece of white fabric tied up in red ribbon is placed in the garden.

We remember before you those who have died in the hope of the resurrection. Unite us with them in your undying love.

All               We remember before you those who have died in the hope of the resurrection.

A crown of thorns bound up in gold ribbon is placed in the garden.

All               Join our voices, Lord, we pray, to the songs of all your saints, in proclaiming that you raise us with Jesus from death to newness of life.


The Liturgy of the Sacrament

The Peace                                                

The risen Christ came and stood among his disciples and said, “Peace be with you.” Then were they glad when they saw the Lord. Alleluia.                  

The peace of the Lord be always with you.           All  and also with you.

Preparation of the Table

All               Lord of life,  with unbounded joy we offer you our sacrifice of praise.  As we are fed with the bread of heaven may we know your resurrection power; through Jesus Christ our risen Lord.

Eucharistic Prayer           

The Lord is here.                                                  All  His Spirit is with us.

Lift up your hearts.                                               All   We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.               All   It is right to give thanks and praise. 

It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation, always and everywhere to give you thanks, Holy Father, almighty and eternal God. From sunrise to sunset this day is holy, for Christ has risen from the tomb and scattered the darkness of death with light that will not fade. This day the risen Lord walks with your gathered people, unfolds for us your word, and makes himself known in the breaking of the bread. And though the night will overtake this day you summon us to lie in endless light, the never-ceasing Sabbath of the Lord. And so, with choirs of angels and with all the heavenly host, we proclaim your glory and join their unending song of praise:

All               Holy, holy, holy is the Lord, holy is the Lord God almighty. Holy, holy, holy is the Lord, holy is the Lord God almighty: who was and is, and is to come; holy, holy, holy is the Lord.

We praise and bless you, loving Father, through Jesus Christ, our Lord; and as we obey his command, send your Holy Spirit, that broken bread and wine outpoured may be for us the body and blood of your dear Son. On the night before he died he had supper with his friends and, taking bread, he praised you. He broke the bread, gave it to them and said: Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of me. 

When supper was ended he took the cup of wine. Again he praised you, 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. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.

So, Father, we remember all that Jesus did, in him we plead with confidence his sacrifice made once for all upon the cross.

Bringing before you the bread of life and cup of salvation, we proclaim his death and resurrection until he comes in glory.

Deacon      Great is the mystery of faith:

All               Christ has died: Christ is risen: Christ will come again.

Lord of all life, help us to work together for that day when your kingdom comes and justice and mercy will be seen in all the earth.

Look with favour on your people, gather us in your loving arms and bring us with St Michael and all the saints to feast at your table in heaven.

Through Christ, and with Christ, and in Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all honour and glory are yours, O loving Father, for ever and ever.      All   Amen.                                             

The Lord’s Prayer

Rejoicing in God’s new creation, as our Saviour taught us, so we pray:

All    Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and for ever.  Amen.

Breaking of the Bread

Jesus says, I am the bread of life, who ever eats this bread will live for ever.  All  Lord, our hearts hunger for you; give us this bread always.

Giving of Communion

Alleluia.  Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us.     All  Therefore let us keep the feast. Alleluia.

Prayer after Communion

All               God of our salvation you have restored us to life, you have brough us back again into your love, by the triumphant death and resurrection of Christ: continue to heal us, as we go to live and workin the power of your Spirit,to your praise and glory. Amen

The Dismissal


God the Father, by whose glory Christ was raised from the dead, strengthen you to walk with him in his risen life; and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit be among you, and remain with you always.                                              All  Amen.

Deacon      We are raised to new life with Christ. Go in his peace.  Alleluia, alleluia.                                             All  Thanks be to God. Alleluia, alleluia.  

Surrexit Christus  

                   (O Christ is risen, alleluia! Sing to the Lord, alleluia!)

All               O O O O surrexit Christus, alleluia!   O O O O, cantata Domino, alleluia!

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,                                  All               Surrexit Christus, alleluia!

For his love has no end.                                                          All               Cantate Domino, alleluia!

The Lord is my strength, the lord is my song.                         All               Surrexit Christus, alleluia!

He has been my Saviour                                                         All               Cantate Domino, alleluia!  

I shall not die, I shall live.                                                         All              Cantate Domino, alleluia!

I shall live and recount his deeds.                                            All              Cantate Domino, alleluia!

All               O O O O surrexit Christus, alleluia!   O O O O, cantata Domino, alleluia!


Have a blessed Easter Full of joy and truth!



Enriching the Christian Year (1993), Common Worship: Services and Prayers for the Church of England (2000), New Patterns for Worship (2002) and Times and Seasons (2006), material from which is included in this service, is copyright © The Archbishops’ Council.  CCL No 908682.         St M & AA 2018