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Easter

Sentence Christ our Passover has been sacrificed for us; therefore let us keep the feast. (1 Corinthians 5:7-8)
   
Collect (Vigil)
O God, who made this most holy night to shine with the glory of the Lord’s resurrection: Stir up in your Church that Spirit of adoption which is given to us in Baptism, that we, being renewed both in body and mind, may worship you in sincerity and truth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

(During the Day and Evening)
O 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.

(or)

Almighty God, who through your only-begotten Son Jesus Christ overcame death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life: Grant that we, who celebrate with joy the day of the Lord’s resurrection, may be raised from the death of sin by your life-giving Spirit; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
   
Old Testament/
First Reading
Vigil:
( A minimum of three Old Testament readings should be chosen. The reading from Exodus 14 should always be used.)
1) Genesis 1:1-2:4a and Psalm 136:1-9, 23-26;(or)
2) Genesis 7:1-5, 11-18; 8:6-18; 9:8-13 and Psalm 46;(or)
3) Genesis 22:1-18 and Psalm 16;(or)
4) Exodus 14:10-31; 15:20-21 and Exodus 15:1b-13, 17-18;(or)
5) Isaiah 55:1-11 and Isaiah 12:2-6;(or)
6) Baruch 3:9-15, 32-4:4 or Proverbs 8:1-8, 19-21; 9:4b-6 and Psalm 19;(or)
7) Ezekiel 36:24-28 and Psalm 42, 43;(or)
8) Ezekiel 37:1-14 and Psalm 143;(or)
9) Zephaniah 3:14-20 and Psalm 98

During the Day:
(If the Old Testament reading is chosen, the Acts passage is used as the second reading.)
Acts 10:34-43 (or) Isaiah 25:6-9

Evening*:
Isaiah 25:6-9
   
Psalm Easter Vigil:
Psalm 114

During the day:
Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24

Evening*:
Psalm 114
   
Epistle/
Second Reading
Vigil:
Romans 6:3-11

During the Day:
(If the Old Testament passage is chosen for the first reading, the Acts passage is used as the second reading.)
1 Corinthians 15:1-11 (or) Acts 10:34-43

Evening*:
1 Corinthians 5:6b-8
   
Gospel Vigil:
Mark 16:1-8

During the Day:
John 20:1-18 (or) Mark 16:1-8

Evening*:
Luke 24:13-49

*This set is not intended for Evening Prayer on Easter Evening.
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