Easter Sunday Celebration

Alleluia, Christ is risen!
He is risen indeed, alleluia!

Welcome and Introduction

Opening Prayer

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


We are all invited to bring our own prayers of confession and thoughts to God

Lord Jesus, you raise us to new life.
Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, you forgive us our sins.
Christ, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, you feed us with the living bread.
Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.


Readings from the Bible

New Testament reading

At the end:

This is the word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Hear the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ according to John.
Glory to you, O Lord.

Gospel Reading

At the end:

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


The Creed

We declare our faith in God.
These words express the Christian belief in one God in three persons:
Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

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


Prayers will include responses as led, and are on-line here.

And at the end:

Merciful Father,
Accept these prayers 
for the sake of your Son,
our Saviour Jesus Christ.  Amen.

The Peace

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

The peace of the Lord be always with you.
And also with you.

We exchange a sign of peace.

The Eucharistic Prayer

The Lord is here.
His Spirit is with us.

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

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

Almighty God, good Father to us all,
your face is turned towards your world.
In love you gave us Jesus your Son to rescue us from sin and death.
Your Word goes out to call us home
to the city where angels sing your praise.
We join with them in heaven’s song.

Holy, holy, holy Lord,
God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.

Father of all, we give you thanks 
for every gift that comes from heaven.
To the darkness Jesus came as your light.
With signs of faith and words of hope 
he touched untouchables with love
and washed the guilty clean.

This is his story.
This is our song:
Hosanna in the highest.

The crowds came out to see your Son,
yet at the end they turned on him.
On the night he was betrayed
he came to table with his friends
to celebrate the freedom of your people.

This is his story.
This is our song:
Hosanna in the highest.

Jesus blessed you, Father, for the food;
he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and said:
This is my body, given for you all.
Jesus then gave thanks for the wine;
he took the cup, gave it and said:
This is my blood, shed for you all
for the forgiveness of sins.
Do this in remembrance of me.

This is our story.
This is our song:
Hosanna in the highest.

Therefore, Father, with this bread and this cup
we celebrate the cross on which he died to set us free.
Defying death he rose again
and is alive with you to plead for us and all the world.

This is our story.
This is our song:
Hosanna in the highest.

Send your Spirit on us now that by these gifts 
we may feed on Christ with opened eyes and hearts on fire.
May we and all who share this food
offer ourselves to live for you
and be welcomed at your feast in heaven
where all creation worships you,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit:

Blessing and honour and glory and power
be yours for ever and ever. Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

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

We break this bread to share in the body of Christ.
Though we are many, we are one body,
because we all share in one bread.

Giving of Communion

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

Prayer after Communion

God of truth,
we have seen with our eyes
and touched with our hands the bread of life:
strengthen our faith
that we may grow in love for you
and for each other;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

The Easter acclamation may be used:

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

Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
He has given us new life and hope.
He has raised Jesus from the dead.

God has claimed us as his own.
He has brought us out of darkness.
He has made us light to the world.

The Dismissal

Go in the peace of Christ. Alleluia, alleluia.
Thanks be to God. Alleluia, alleluia.

Some material included in this service is copyright: © The Archbishops’ Council 2000

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