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Holy Saturday 11/4/20

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HOLY SATURDAY 2020

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Easter Vigil

On line.   
8.00pm there will be an Easter Vigil and the First Communion of Easter livestreamed from St Andrew’s, All Saints’ and St Peter’s Crewe at:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/standrewschurchcrewe/




The Easter Vigil traditionally begins with silence and in darkness.  As we await the risen Christ, the record of God’s work in history is heard.  You may like to renew your Baptism vows, and have a candle ready to light in order to celebrate the resurrection before hearing the Easter Gospel.

 

THE VIGIL

 

Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation, to you be glory and praise for ever.  Your steadfast love extends to the heavens and your faithfulness never ceases.  Illuminate our hearts with your wisdom and strengthen our lives with your word, for you are the fountain of life; in your light we see true light.  Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

All             Blessed be God for ever.

 

This is the night in which our Lord Jesus Christ 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 through word and sacrament we share in his victory over death.

 

As we await the risen Christ, let us hear the record of God’s saving deeds in history, recalling how he saved his people in ages past and in the fullness of time sent his Son to be our Redeemer.  Let us pray that through this Easter celebration God may bring to perfection in each of us the saving work he has begun.

 

Reading: The Creation

        Genesis 1 – 2: 4a

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.

And God said, "Let there be light," and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he 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 an expanse between the waters to separate water from water." So God made the expanse and separated the water under the expanse from the water above it. And it was so. 8 God called the expanse "sky." And there was evening, and there was morning--the second day.

And God said, "Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear." And it was so. God called the dry ground "land," and the gathered waters he called "seas." And God saw that it was good. Then God said, "Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds." And it was so. The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. 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 expanse of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark seasons and days and years, and let them be lights in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth." And it was so. God made two great lights--the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars. God set them in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth, to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening, and there was morning--the fourth day.

And God said, "Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the sky." So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living and moving thing with which the water teems, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. God blessed them and said, "Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth." And there was evening, and there was morning--the fifth day.

And God said, "Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: livestock, creatures that move along the ground, and wild animals, each according to its kind." And it was so. God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.

Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground." So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. God blessed them and said to them, "Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground."

Then God said, "I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air and all the creatures that move on the ground--everything that has the breath of life in it--I give every green plant for food." And it was so.

God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning--the sixth day.

Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array. By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.

This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created. When the Lord God made the earth and the heavens

Psalm 104: 1 – 7

All    Send forth your Spirit and renew the face of the earth.

1       Bless the Lord, O my soul. O Lord my God, how excellent is your greatness!

2       You are clothed with majesty and honour, wrapped in light as in a garment.

3       You spread out the heavens like a curtain and lay the beams of your dwelling place in the waters above.

4       You make the clouds your chariot and ride on the wings of the wind.

5       You make the winds your messengers and flames of fire your servants.

6       You laid the foundations of the earth, that it never should move at any time.

7       You covered it with the deep like a garment; the waters stood high above the hills.

All    Send forth your Spirit and renew the face of the earth.

 

         Let us pray that we may see God’s image restored.

Blessed are you, Lord God of our salvation.  Your love cannot be contained and overflows in the wonder of creation.  You formed the universe out of nothing and moulded us from the clay of the earth.  All you have made sings of your marvellous deeds, O Lord, our maker and redeemer. 

All     Amen.

 

Silence

 Reading: Abraham and Isaac

        Genesis 22: 1 – 18

God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!” “Here I am,” he replied. Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.”

 

Early the next morning Abraham got up and loaded his donkey. He took with him two of his servants and his son Isaac. When he had cut enough wood for the burnt offering, he set out for the place God had told him about. On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance. He said to his servants, “Stay here with the donkey while I and the boy go over there. We will worship and then we will come back to you.”

 

Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and placed it on his son Isaac, and he himself carried the fire and the knife. As the two of them went on together, Isaac spoke up and said to his father Abraham, “Father?” “Yes, my son?” Abraham replied. “The fire and wood are here,” Isaac said, “but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?” Abraham answered, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” And the two of them went on together.

 

When they reached the place God had told him about, Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it. He bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. Then he reached out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. But the angel of the LORD called out to him from heaven, “Abraham! Abraham!” “Here I am,” he replied. “Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said. “Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.”

 

Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son.So Abraham called that place The LORD Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided.”

 

The angel of the LORD called to Abraham from heaven a second time and said, “I swear by myself, declares the LORD, that because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies, and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me.”

 

Psalm 16: 6 – end

 

All   The Lord is at my right hand; I shall not fall.

6      I will bless the Lord who has given me counsel, and in the night watches he instructs my heart.

7      I have set the Lord always before me; he is at my right hand; I shall not fall.

8      Wherefore my heart is glad and my spirit rejoices; my flesh also shall rest secure.

9      For you will not abandon my soul to Death, nor suffer your faithful one to see the Pit.

10    You will show me the path of life; in your presence is fullness of joy and in your right hand are pleasures for evermore.

All   The Lord is at my right hand; I shall not fall.

 

        Let us pray that we may have the

        courage and strength to make

        the sacrifices our faith demands.

 

Blessed are you, Lord, God of our salvation.  Through the faithfulness of Abraham all the children of earth are blessed.  Give us the courage to give up to you those things that are most precious to us, that in turn we may receive the honour and joy of your blessing.  O Lord, our maker and redeemer.

All   Amen.

 

Silence

 

Reading: Crossing the Red Sea

        Exodus 14: 10 –  End

As Pharaoh approached, the Israelites looked up, and there were the Egyptians, marching after them. They were terrified and cried out to the Lord. They said to Moses, "Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you brought us to the desert to die? What have you done to us by bringing us out of Egypt? Didn't we say to you in Egypt, 'Leave us alone; let us serve the Egyptians'? It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert!" Moses answered the people, "Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still."

Then the Lord said to Moses, "Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on. Raise your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea to divide the water so that the Israelites can go through the sea on dry ground. I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians so that they will go in after them. And I will gain glory through Pharaoh and all his army, through his chariots and his horsemen. The Egyptians will know that I am the Lord when I gain glory through Pharaoh, his chariots and his horsemen." Then the angel of God, who had been traveling in front of Israel's army, withdrew and went behind them. The pillar of cloud also moved from in front and stood behind them, coming between the armies of Egypt and Israel. Throughout the night the cloud brought darkness to the one side and light to the other side; so neither went near the other all night long.

Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and all that night the Lord drove the sea back with a strong east wind and turned it into dry land. The waters were divided, and the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with a wall of water on their right and on their left. The Egyptians pursued them, and all Pharaoh's horses and chariots and horsemen followed them into the sea. During the last watch of the night the Lord looked down from the pillar of fire and cloud at the Egyptian army and threw it into confusion. He made the wheels of their chariots come off so that they had difficulty driving. And the Egyptians said, "Let's get away from the Israelites! The Lord is fighting for them against Egypt." Then the Lord said to Moses, "Stretch out your hand over the sea so that the waters may flow back over the Egyptians and their chariots and horsemen." Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and at daybreak the sea went back to its place. The Egyptians were fleeing toward it, and the Lord swept them into the sea. The water flowed back and covered the chariots and horsemen--the entire army of Pharaoh that had followed the Israelites into the sea. Not one of them survived. But the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with a wall of water on their right and on their left. That day the Lord saved Israel from the hands of the Egyptians, and Israel saw the Egyptians lying dead on the shore. And when the Israelites saw the great power the Lord displayed against the Egyptians, the people feared the Lord and put their trust in him and in Moses his servant.

 

The Song of Moses and Miriam

 

All   I will sing to the Lord, who has triumphed gloriously,
the horse and his rider he has thrown into the sea.

2      The Lord is my strength and my song and has become my salvation.

3      This is my God whom I will praise the God of my forebears whom I will exalt.

4      The Lord is a warrior,
the Lord is his name.

5      Your right hand, O Lord, is glorious in power: your right hand, O Lord, shatters the enemy.

6      At the blast of your nostrils, the sea covered them; they sank as lead in the mighty waters.

7      In your unfailing love, O Lord,
you lead the people whom you have redeemed.

8      And by your invincible strength
you will guide them to your holy dwelling.

9      You will bring them in and plant them, O Lord, in the sanctuary which your hands have established.

All   I will sing to the Lord, who has triumphed gloriously, the horse and his rider he has thrown into the sea.

 

        Let us pray that God will give freedom to his enslaved people.

 

        Blessed are you, Lord, God our salvation.  You heard the agony of your people as they cried out from their slavery, and you gave them Moses to lead them to a land flowing with milk and honey.  Hear the cry of the enslaved and the homeless today and lead us through the turbulent sea of life to our true home with you, O Lord, our maker and redeemer.

All   Amen. 

 

 

Silence

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reading: The Valley of Dry Bones

        Ezekiel 37: 1 – 14

The hand of the Lord was upon me, and he brought me out by the Spirit of the Lord and set me in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. He led me back and forth among them, and I saw a great many bones on the floor of the valley, bones that were very dry. He asked me, "Son of man, can these bones live?" I said, "O Sovereign Lord, you alone know." Then he said to me, "Prophesy to these bones and say to them, 'Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord! This is what the Sovereign Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life. I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with skin; I will put breath in you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the Lord.'" So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I was prophesying, there was a noise, a rattling sound, and the bones came together, bone to bone. I looked, and tendons and flesh appeared on them and skin covered them, but there was no breath in them. Then he said to me, "Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to it, 'This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe into these slain, that they may live.'" So I prophesied as he commanded me, and breath entered them; they came to life and stood up on their feet--a vast army. Then he said to me: "Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel. They say, 'Our bones are dried up and our hope is gone; we are cut off.' Therefore prophesy and say to them: 'This is what the Sovereign Lord says: O my people, I am going to open your graves and bring you up from them; I will bring you back to the land of Israel. Then you, my people, will know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves and bring you up from them. I will put my Spirit in you and you will live, and I will settle you in your own land. Then you will know that I the Lord have spoken, and I have done it, declares the Lord.'"

Psalm 126

 

All   The Lord has done great things for us.

1      When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, then were we like those who dream.

2      Then was our mouth filled with laughter and our tongue with songs of joy.

3      Then said they among the nations,  ‘The Lord has done great things for them.’

4      The Lord has indeed done great things for us, and therefore we rejoiced.

5      Restore again our fortunes, O Lord,  as the river beds of the desert.

6      Those who sow in tears  
shall reap with songs of joy.

7      Those who go out weeping, bearing the seed, will come back with shouts of joy, bearing their sheaves with them.

All   The Lord has done great things for us.

 

        Let us pray that God will breathe new life into his weary creation.

        Blessed are you, Lord, God of our salvation.  You bring us life from the darkest valley of death.  When hope is lost and our dry bones are scattered in shame, speak your word to your broken people, that we may stand confidently before you, and breathe your Spirit into us that we might live, O Lord, our maker and our redeemer.

All   Amen.

 

Silence

 

THE SERVICE OF LIGHT (Optional.  You may wish to go straight to the Resurrection Gospel)

 

Eternal God, who made this most holy night to shine with the brightness of your one true light: set us aflame with the fire of your love, and bring us to the radiance of your heavenly glory, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

All   Amen.

 

Renewal of Baptism Vows

 

As we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ from the dead, we remember that through the paschal mystery we have died and been buried with him in baptism.  To follow Christ means dying to sin and rising to new life with him.  Therefore I ask:

 

Do you reject the devil and all rebellion against God?

All   I reject them.

Do you renounce the deceit and corruption of evil?

All   I renounce them.

Do you repent of the sins that separate us from God and neighbour?

All   I repent of them.

 

A candle is lit

 

May the light of Christ, rising in glory, banish all darkness from our hearts and minds.

 

Do you turn to Christ as Saviour?

All   I turn to Christ.

        Do you submit to Christ as Lord?
All   I submit to Christ.

Do you come to Christ, the way, the truth and the life?

All   I come to Christ.

 

 

 


 

The Exsultet

 

        Choirs of angels, stars and planets:

All   all God’s people sing and dance.

 

        All creation, Church of God:

All   all God’s people sing and dance.

 

        We praise you Lord of life and death: we glorify your name.

All   all God’s people sing and dance.

 

        This is the night you set us free, bringing us home in love; holy night, when you led your people through the fearsome sea:

All   all God’s people sing and dance.

 

        This is the night you brought your Son through the doors of death; O holy night, when death takes flight and hope is born again;

All   all God’s people sing and dance.

 

        This is the night our tears of sadness turn to shouts of joy; holy night, when the choirs of earth sing the songs of heaven:

All   all God’s people sing and dance.

 

        This is the night when Christ our Light makes the darkness bright.

All   all God’s people sing and dance.

 

        Christ is the life that knows no end.

Christ is the love that burns within.

Christ is the peace that floods the world.

Christ is the Lord who reigns on high.

All   all God’s people sing and dance.  Amen.

 

The Easter Acclamation

        Alleluia!  Christ is risen.

All   He is risen indeed.

        Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

 

Hymn

 

The strife is o’er, the battle done;

now is the victor’s triumph won;

O let the song of praise be sung.

Alleluya!

Death’s mightiest powers have done their worst,
and Jesus hath his foes dispersed;
let shouts of praise and joy outburst.
Alleluya!


On the third morn he rose again
glorious in majesty to reign;
O let us swell the joyful strain.
Alleluya!

He brake the age-bound chains of hell;
the bars from heaven’s high portals fell;
let hymns of praise his triumph tell.
Alleluya!

Lord, by the stripes which wounded thee
from death’s dread sting thy servants free,
that we may live, and sing to thee.
Alleluya!

 

The Collect

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; to whom with you and the Holy Spirit be praise and honour; glory and might, now and for ever.

All   Amen.

The Gospel

 

        Jesus Christ is risen from the dead.

All   Alleluia.

He has defeated the powers of death.

All   Alleluia.

Jesus turns our sorrow into dancing.

All   Alleluia.

        He has the words of eternal life.

        Alleluia.

 

The Resurrection Gospel

(Matthew 28: 1 – 10)

After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.

There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.

The angel said to the women, ‘Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: “He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.” Now I have told you.’

So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them. ‘Greetings,’ he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshipped him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.’

 

THE DISMISSAL

 

        Alleluia.  Christ is risen.

All   He is risen indeed.  Alleluia.

 

        God the Father,

by whose love Christ was raised from the dead, open to you who believe the gates of everlasting life.

All   Amen.

 

        God the Son,

who in bursting from the grave has won a glorious victory, give you joy as you share the Easter faith.

All   Amen.

 

        God the Holy Spirit,

who filled the disciples with the life of the risen Lord, empower you and fill you with Christ’s peace.

All   Amen.

 

And the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit be among you and remain with you and all for whom you have prayed this Eastertide and always.

All   Amen.

 

With the risen life of Christ within you, go in the peace of Christ.  Alleluia, alleluia.

All   Thanks be to God. Alleluia, alleluia.

 

 

 

© The Archbishops’ Council 2006