(024) The Easter Vigil

Collect of the Vigil: Eternal giver of life and light, this holy night shines with the radiance of the risen Christ: renew your Church with the Spirit given to us in baptism, that we may worship you in sincerity and truth, and shine as a light in the world; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Genesis 1:1-2:4a

In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. Then God said, "Let there be light"; and there was light. And God saw that the light was good; and God 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 a dome in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters." So God made the dome and separated the waters that were under the dome from the waters that were above the dome. And it was so. God called the dome Sky. And there was evening and there was morning, the second day. And God said, "Let the waters under the sky be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear." And it was so. God called the dry land Earth, and the waters that were gathered together he called Seas. And God saw that it was good. Then God said, "Let the earth put forth vegetation: plants yielding seed, and fruit trees of every kind on earth that bear fruit with the seed in it." And it was so. The earth brought forth vegetation: plants yielding seed of every kind, and trees of every kind bearing fruit with the seed in it. 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 dome of the sky to separate the day from the night; and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years, and let them be lights in the dome of the sky to give light upon the earth." And it was so. God made the two great lights -- the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night -- and the stars. God set them in the dome of the sky to give light upon the earth, to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening and there was morning, the fourth day. And God said, "Let the waters bring forth swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the dome of the sky." So God created the great sea monsters and every living creature that moves, of every kind, with which the waters swarm, and every winged bird of every kind. And God saw that it was good. God blessed them, saying, "Be fruitful and multiply and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth." And there was evening and there was morning, the fifth day. And God said, "Let the earth bring forth living creatures of every kind: cattle and creeping things and wild animals of the earth of every kind." And it was so. God made the wild animals of the earth of every kind, and the cattle of every kind, and everything that creeps upon the ground of every kind. And God saw that it was good. Then God said, "Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the wild animals of the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth." So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. God blessed them, and God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth." God said, "See, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit; you shall have them for food. And to every beast of the earth, and to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food." And it was so. God saw everything that he had made, and indeed, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day. Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all their multitude. And on the seventh day God finished the work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all the work that he had done. So God blessed the seventh day and hallowed it, because on it God rested from all the work that he had done in creation. These are the generations of the heavens and the earth when they were created.

Psalm 139:1-9,23-24 APBA p 370

1. O LORD, you have searched me out and know me:

you know when I sit or when I stand, you comprehend my thoughts long before.

2. You discern my path and the places where I rest:

you are acquainted with all my ways.

3. For there is not a word on my tongue:

but you. LORD, know it altogether.

4. You have encompassed me behind and before:

and have laid your hand upon me.

5. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me:

so high that I cannot endure it.

6. Where shall I go from your spirit:

or where shall I flee from your presence?

7. If I ascend into heaven you are there:

if I make my bed in the grave you are there also.

8. If I spread out my wings towards the morning:

or dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,

9. Even there your hand shall lead me:

and your right hand shall hold me.

23. Search me out, O God, and know my heart:

put me to the proof and know my thoughts.

24. Look well lest there be any way of wickedness in me:

and lead me in the way that is everlasting.

Genesis 7:1-5,11-18; 8:6-18; 9:8-13

The LORD said to Noah, "Go into the ark, you and all your household, for I have seen that you alone are righteous before me in this generation. Take with you seven pairs of all clean animals, the male and its mate; and a pair of the animals that are not clean, the male and its mate; and seven pairs of the birds of the air also, male and female, to keep their kind alive on the face of all the earth. For in seven days I will send rain on the earth for forty days and forty nights; and every living thing that I have made I will blot out from the face of the ground." And Noah did all that the LORD had commanded him. In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month, on that day all the fountains of the great deep burst forth, and the windows of the heavens were opened. The rain fell on the earth forty days and forty nights. On the very same day Noah with his sons, Shem and Ham and Japheth, and Noah's wife and the three wives of his sons entered the ark, they and every wild animal of every kind, and all domestic animals of every kind, and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth, and every bird of every kind -- every bird, every winged creature. They went into the ark with Noah, two and two of all flesh in which there was the breath of life. And those that entered, male and female of all flesh, went in as God had commanded him; and the LORD shut him in. The flood continued forty days on the earth; and the waters increased, and bore up the ark, and it rose high above the earth. The waters swelled and increased greatly on the earth; and the ark floated on the face of the waters. At the end of forty days Noah opened the window of the ark that he had made and sent out the raven; and it went to and fro until the waters were dried up from the earth. Then he sent out the dove from him, to see if the waters had subsided from the face of the ground; but the dove found no place to set its foot, and it returned to him to the ark, for the waters were still on the face of the whole earth. So he put out his hand and took it and brought it into the ark with him. He waited another seven days, and again he sent out the dove from the ark; and the dove came back to him in the evening, and there in its beak was a freshly plucked olive leaf; so Noah knew that the waters had subsided from the earth. Then he waited another seven days, and sent out the dove; and it did not return to him any more. In the six hundred first year, in the first month, the first day of the month, the waters were dried up from the earth; and Noah removed the covering of the ark, and looked, and saw that the face of the ground was drying. In the second month, on the twenty-seventh day of the month, the earth was dry. Then God said to Noah, "Go out of the ark, you and your wife, and your sons and your sons' wives with you. Bring out with you every living thing that is with you of all flesh -- birds and animals and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth -- so that they may abound on the earth, and be fruitful and multiply on the earth." So Noah went out with his sons and his wife and his sons' wives. Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him, "As for me, I am establishing my covenant with you and your descendants after you, and with every living creature that is with you, the birds, the domestic animals, and every animal of the earth with you, as many as came out of the ark. I establish my covenant with you, that never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of a flood, and never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth." God said, "This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations: I have set my bow in the clouds, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth.

Psalm 46 APBA p 269

1. God is our refuge and strength:

a very present help in trouble.

2. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth be moved:

and though the mountains are shaken in the midst of the sea;

3. Though the waters rage and foam:

and though the mountains quake at the rising of the sea.

4. There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God:

the holy dwelling place of the Most High.

5. God is in the midst of her, therefore she shall not be moved:

God will help her, and at break of day.

6. The nations make uproar, and the kingdoms are shaken:

but God has lifted his voice, and the earth shall tremble.

7. The LORD of hosts is with us:

the God of Jacob is our stronghold.

8. Come then and see what the LORD has done:

what destruction he has brought upon the earth.

9. He makes wars to cease in all the world:

he breaks the bow and shatters the spear, and burns the chariots in the fire.

10. "Be still, and know that I am God:

I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted upon the earth."

11. The LORD of hosts is with us:

the God of Jacob is our stronghold.

Genesis 22:1-18

After these things God tested Abraham. He said to him, "Abraham!" And he said, "Here I am." He said, "Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains that I shall show you." So Abraham rose early in the morning, saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and his son Isaac; he cut the wood for the burnt offering, and set out and went to the place in the distance that God had shown him. On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place far away. Then Abraham said to his young men, "Stay here with the donkey; the boy and I will go over there; we will worship, and then we will come back to you." Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on his son Isaac, and he himself carried the fire and the knife. So the two of them walked on together. Isaac said to his father Abraham, "Father!" And he said, "Here I am, my son. " He said, "The fire and the wood are here, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?" Abraham said, "God himself will provide the lamb for a burnt offering, my son." So the two of them walked on together. When they came to the place that God had shown him, Abraham built an altar there and laid the wood in order. He bound his son Isaac, and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. Then Abraham reached out his hand and took the knife to kill his son. But the angel of the LORD called to him from heaven, and said, "Abraham, Abraham!" And he said, "Here I am." He said, "Do not lay your hand on the boy or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me." And Abraham looked up and saw a ram, caught in a thicket by its horns. Abraham went and took the ram and offered it up as a burnt offering instead of his son. So Abraham called that place "The LORD will provide"; as it is said to this day, "On the mount of the LORD it shall be provided." The angel of the LORD called to Abraham a second time from heaven, and said, "By myself I have sworn, says the LORD: Because you have done this, and have not withheld your son, your only son, I will indeed bless you, and I will make your offspring as numerous as the stars of heaven and as the sand that is on the seashore. And your offspring shall possess the gate of their enemies, and by your offspring shall all the nations of the earth gain blessing for themselves, because you have obeyed my voice."

Psalm 16 APBA p 234

1. Preserve me, O God:

for in you have I taken refuge.

2. I have said to the LORD, You are my LORD:

and all my good depends on you.

3. As for those who are held holy on the earth:

the other gods in whom people delight,

4. Though the idols are many that they run after:

their offerings of blood I will not offer, nor take their name upon my lips.

5. The LORD is my appointed portion and my cup:

you hold my lot in your hands.

6. The share that has fallen to me is in pleasant places:

and a fair land is my possession.

7. I will bless the LORD who has given me counsel:

at night also he has instructed my heart.

8. I have set the LORD always before me:

he is at my right hand, and I shall not fall.

9. Therefore my heart is glad and my spirit rejoices:

my flesh also shall rest secure.

10. For you will not give me over to the power of death:

nor suffer your faithful one to see the Pit.

11. You will show me the path of life:

in your presence is the fullness of joy, and from your right hand flow delights for evermore.

Exodus 14:10-31; 15:20-21

As Pharaoh drew near, the Israelites looked back, and there were the Egyptians advancing on them. In great fear the Israelites cried out to the LORD. They said to Moses, "Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you have taken us away to die in the wilderness? What have you done to us, bringing us out of Egypt? Is this not the very thing we told you in Egypt, 'Let us alone and let us serve the Egyptians'? For it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the wilderness." But Moses said to the people, "Do not be afraid, stand firm, and see the deliverance that the LORD will accomplish for you today; for the Egyptians whom you see today you shall never see again. The LORD will fight for you, and you have only to keep still." Then the LORD said to Moses, "Why do you cry out to me? Tell the Israelites to go forward. But you lift up your staff, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it, that the Israelites may go into the sea on dry ground. Then I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians so that they will go in after them; and so I will gain glory for myself over Pharaoh and all his army, his chariots, and his chariot drivers. And the Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD, when I have gained glory for myself over Pharaoh, his chariots, and his chariot drivers." The angel of God who was going before the Israelite army moved and went behind them; and the pillar of cloud moved from in front of them and took its place behind them. It came between the army of Egypt and the army of Israel. And so the cloud was there with the darkness, and it lit up the night; one did not come near the other all night. Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea. The LORD drove the sea back by a strong east wind all night, and turned the sea into dry land; and the waters were divided. The Israelites went into the sea on dry ground, the waters forming a wall for them on their right and on their left. The Egyptians pursued, and went into the sea after them, all of Pharaoh's horses, chariots, and chariot drivers. At the morning watch the LORD in the pillar of fire and cloud looked down upon the Egyptian army, and threw the Egyptian army into panic. He clogged their chariot wheels so that they turned with difficulty. The Egyptians said, "Let us flee from the Israelites, for the LORD is fighting for them against Egypt." Then the LORD said to Moses, "Stretch out your hand over the sea, so that the water may come back upon the Egyptians, upon their chariots and chariot drivers." So Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and at dawn the sea returned to its normal depth. As the Egyptians fled before it, the LORD tossed the Egyptians into the sea. The waters returned and covered the chariots and the chariot drivers, the entire army of Pharaoh that had followed them into the sea; not one of them remained. But the Israelites walked on dry ground through the sea, the waters forming a wall for them on their right and on their left. Thus the LORD saved Israel that day from the Egyptians; and Israel saw the Egyptians dead on the seashore. Israel saw the great work that the LORD did against the Egyptians. So the people feared the LORD and believed in the LORD and in his servant Moses. Then the prophet Miriam, Aaron's sister, took a tambourine in her hand; and all the women went out after her with tambourines and with dancing. And Miriam sang to them: "Sing to the LORD, for he has triumphed gloriously; horse and rider he has thrown into the sea."

Exodus 15:1b-13, 17-18

I will sing to the LORD, for he has triumphed gloriously:

horse and rider he has thrown into the sea.

The LORD is my strength and my might:

and he has become my salvation

This is my God, and I will praise him:

my father's God, and I will exalt him.

The LORD is a warrior:

the LORD is his name.

Pharaoh's chariots and his army he cast into the sea:

his picked officers were sunk in the Red Sea.

The floods covered them:

they went down into the depths like a stone.

Your right hand, O LORD, glorious in power:

your right hand, O LORD, shattered the enemy.

In the greatness of your majesty you overthrew your adversaries:

you sent out your fury, it consumed them like stubble.

At the blast of your nostrils the waters piled up, the floods stood up in a heap:

the deeps congealed in the heart of the sea.

The enemy said, 'I will pursue, I will overtake:

I will divide the spoil;

My desire shall have its fill of them:

I will draw my sword, my hand shall destroy them.'

You blew with your wind, the sea covered them:

they sank like lead in the mighty waters.

Who is like you, O LORD, among the gods?:

Who is like you, majestic in holiness, awesome in splendour, doing wonders?

You stretched out your right hand:

the earth swallowed them.

In your steadfast love you led the people whom you redeemed:

you guided them by your strength to your holy abode.

You brought them in and planted them on the mountain of your own possession:

the place, O LORD, that you made your abode,

The sanctuary, O LORD, that your hands have established:

The LORD will reign forever and ever.

Isaiah 54:9-14

This is like the days of Noah to me: Just as I swore that the waters of Noah would never again go over the earth, so I have sworn that I will not be angry with you and will not rebuke you. For the mountains may depart and the hills be removed, but my steadfast love shall not depart from you, and my covenant of peace shall not be removed, says the LORD, who has compassion on you. O afflicted one, storm-tossed, and not comforted, I am about to set your stones in antimony, and lay your foundations with sapphires. I will make your pinnacles of rubies, your gates of jewels, and all your wall of precious stones. All your children shall be taught by the LORD, and great shall be the prosperity of your children. In righteousness you shall be established; you shall be far from oppression, for you shall not fear; and from terror, for it shall not come near you.

Psalm 30 APBA p 249

1. I will exalt you, O LORD, for you have drawn me up from the depths:

and have not suffered my foes to triumph over me.

2. O LORD my God, I cried to you:

and you have made me whole.

3. You brought me back, O LORD, from the land of silence:

you saved my life from among those that go down to the Pit.

4. Sing praises to the LORD, all you his faithful ones:

and give thanks to his holy name.

5. For if in his anger is havoc, in his good favour is life:

heaviness may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.

6. In my prosperity I said "I shall never be moved:

your goodness, O LORD, has set me on so firm a hill."

7. Then you hid your face from me:

and I was greatly dismayed.

8. I cried to you, O God:

and made my petition humbly to my LORD.

9. "What profit is there in my blood, if I go down to the Pit:

can the dust give you thanks, or declare your faithfulness?

10. "Hear, O LORD, and be merciful:

O LORD, be my helper."

11. You have turned my lamentation into dancing:

you have put off my sackcloth and girded me with joy,

12. That my heart may sing your praise and never be silent:

O LORD my God, I will give you thanks for ever.

Isaiah 55:1-11

Ho, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and you that have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labour for that which does not satisfy? Listen carefully to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food. Incline your ear, and come to me; listen, so that you may live. I will make with you an everlasting covenant, my steadfast, sure love for David. See, I made him a witness to the peoples, a leader and commander for the peoples. See, you shall call nations that you do not know, and nations that do not know you shall run to you, because of the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, for he has glorified you. Seek the LORD while he may be found, call upon him while he is near; let the wicked forsake their way, and the unrighteous their thoughts; let them return to the LORD, that he may have mercy on them, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways, says the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return there until they have watered the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and succeed in the thing for which I sent it.

Song of Isaiah Isaiah 12:2-6 APBA p 391

"Behold, God is my salvation:

I will trust and will not be afraid;

"For the Lord God is my strength and my song:

and has become my salvation."

With joy you will draw water:

from the wells of salvation.

On that day you will say:

"Give thanks to the Lord, call upon his name;

"Make known his deeds among the nations:

proclaim that his name is exalted.

"Sing God's praises, who has triumphed gloriously :

let this be known in all the world.

"Shout and sing for joy, you that dwell in Zion:

for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel."

Baruch 3:9-15, 32-4.4

Hear the commandments of life, O Israel; give ear, and learn wisdom! Why is it, O Israel, why is it that you are in the land of your enemies, that you are growing old in a foreign country, that you are defiled with the dead, that you are counted among those in Hades? You have forsaken the fountain of wisdom. If you had walked in the way of God, you would be living in peace forever. Learn where there is wisdom, where there is strength, where there is understanding, so that you may at the same time discern where there is length of days, and life, where there is light for the eyes, and peace. Who has found her place? And who has entered her storehouses? But the one who knows all things knows her, he found her by his understanding. The one who prepared the earth for all time filled it with four footed creatures; the one who sends forth the light, and it goes; he called it, and it obeyed him, trembling; the stars shone in their watches, and were glad; he called them, and they said, "Here we are!" They shone with gladness for him who made them. This is our God; no other can be compared to him. He found the whole way to knowledge, and gave her to his servant Jacob and to Israel, whom he loved. Afterward she appeared on earth and lived with humankind. She is the book of the commandments of God, the law that endures for ever. All who hold her fast will live, and those who forsake her will die. Turn, O Jacob, and take her; walk toward the shining of her light. Do not give your glory to another, or your advantages to an alien people. Happy are we, O Israel, for we know what is pleasing to God.

Psalm 19 APBA p 239

1. The heavens declare the glory of God:

and the firmament proclaims his handiwork;

2. One day tells it to another:

and night to night communicates knowledge.

3. There is no speech or language:

nor are their voices heard;

4. Yet their sound has gone out through all the world:

and their words to the ends of the earth.

5. There he has pitched a tent for the sun:

which comes out as a bridegroom from his chamber, and rejoices like a strong man to run his course.

6. Its rising is at one end of the heavens, and its circuit to their farthest bound:

and nothing is hidden from its heat.

7. The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul:

the command of the LORD is true, and makes wise the simple.

8. The precepts of the LORD are right, and rejoice the heart:

the commandment of the LORD is pure, and gives light to the eyes.

9. The fear of the LORD is clean, and endures for ever:

the judgements of the LORD are unchanging, and righteous every one.

10. More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold:

sweeter also than honey, than the honey that drips from the comb.

11. Moreover, by them is your servant taught:

and in keeping them there is great reward.

12. Who can know their own unwitting sins?:

O cleanse me from my secret faults.

13. Keep your servant also from presumptuous sins, lest they get the mastery over me:

so shall I be clean, and innocent of great offence.

14. May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight:

O LORD, my strength and my redeemer.

Ezekiel 36:24-28

I will take you from the nations, and gather you from all the countries, and bring you into your own land. I will sprinkle clean water upon you, and you shall be clean from all your uncleannesses, and from all your idols I will cleanse you. A new heart I will give you, and a new spirit I will put within you; and I will remove from your body the heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. I will put my spirit within you, and make you follow my statutes and be careful to observe my ordinances. Then you shall live in the land that I gave to your ancestors; and you shall be my people, and I will be your God.

Psalm 42,43 APBA p 265,6

1. As a deer longs for the running brooks:

so longs my soul for you, O God.

2. My soul is thirsty for God, thirsty for the living God:

when shall I come and see his face?

3. My tears have been my food day and night:

while they ask me all day long "Where now is your God?"

4. As I pour out my soul by myself, I remember this:

how I went to the house of the Mighty One, into the temple of God,

5. To the shouts and songs of thanksgiving:

a multitude keeping high festival.

6. Why are you so full of heaviness, my soul:

and why so unquiet within me?

7. O put your trust in God:

for I will praise him yet, who is my deliverer and my God.

8. My soul is heavy within me:

therefore I will remember you from the land of Jordan, from Mizar among the hills of Hermon.

9. Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waters:

all your waves and breakers have gone over me.

10. Surely the LORD will grant his loving mercy in the day -time:

and in the night his song will be with me, a prayer to the God of my life.

11. I will say to God, my rock, "Why have you forgotten me:

why must I go like a mourner because the enemy oppresses me?"

12. Like a sword through my bones, my enemies have mocked me:

while they ask me all day long "Where now is your God?"

13. Why are you so full of heaviness, my soul:

and why so unquiet within me?

14. O put your trust in God:

for I will praise him yet, who is my deliverer and my God.

1. Give judgment for me, O God, take up my cause against an ungodly people:

deliver me from the deceitful and unjust.

2. For you are God my refuge - why have you turned me away:

why must I go like a mourner because the enemy oppresses me?

3. O send out your light and your truth, and let them lead me:

let them guide me to your holy hill and to your dwelling.

4. Then I shall go to the altar of God, to God my joy and my delight:

and to the harp I shall sing your praises, O God, my God.

5. Why are you so full of heaviness, my soul:

and why so unquiet within me?

6. O put your trust in God:

for I will praise him yet, who is my deliverer and my God.

Zephaniah 3:14-20

Sing aloud, O daughter Zion; shout, O Israel! Rejoice and exult with all your heart, O daughter Jerusalem! The LORD has taken away the judgments against you, he has turned away your enemies. The king of Israel, the LORD, is in your midst; you shall fear disaster no more. On that day it shall be said to Jerusalem: Do not fear, O Zion; do not let your hands grow weak. The LORD, your God, is in your midst, a warrior who gives victory; he will rejoice over you with gladness, he will renew you in his love; he will exult over you with loud singing as on a day of festival. I will remove disaster from you, so that you will not bear reproach for it. I will deal with all your oppressors at that time. And I will save the lame and gather the outcast, and I will change their shame into praise and renown in all the earth. At that time I will bring you home, at the time when I gather you; for I will make you renowned and praised among all the peoples of the earth, when I restore your fortunes before your eyes, says the LORD.

Psalm 98 APBA p 325

1. O sing to the LORD a new song:

for he has done marvellous things;

2. His right hand and his holy arm:

they have got him the victory.

3. The LORD has made known his salvation:

he has revealed his just deliverance in the sight of the nations.

4. He has remembered his mercy and faithfulness towards the house of Israel:

and all the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.

5. Shout with joy to the LORD, all the earth:

break into singing and make melody.

6. Make melody to the LORD upon the harp:

upon the harp and with the sounds of praise.

7. With trumpets and with horns:

cry out in triumph before the LORD, the king.

8. Let the sea roar, and all that fills it:

the good earth and those who live upon it.

9. Let the rivers clap their hands:

and let the mountains ring out together before the LORD;

10. For he comes to judge the earth:

he shall judge the world with righteousness, and the peoples with equity.

Romans 6:3-11

Do you not know that all of us who have been baptised into Christ Jesus were baptised into his death? Therefore we have been buried with him by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. We know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be destroyed, and we might no longer be enslaved to sin. For whoever has died is freed from sin. But if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. The death he died, he died to sin, once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.

Psalm 114 APBA p 345

1. When Israel came out of Egypt:

and the house of Jacob from among a people of an alien tongue,

2. Judah became his sanctuary:

and Israel his dominion.

3. The sea saw that, and fled:

Jordan was driven back.

4. The mountains skipped like rams:

and the little hills like young sheep.

5. What ailed you, O sea, that you fled:

O Jordan, that you were driven back?

6. You mountains, that you skipped like rams:

and you little hills like young sheep?

7. Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the LORD:

at the presence of the God of Jacob,

8. Who turned the rock into a pool of water:

and the flint-stone into a welling spring.

Matthew 28:1-10

After the sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And suddenly there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord, descending from heaven, came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. For fear of him the guards shook and became like dead men. But the angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples, 'He has been raised from the dead, and indeed he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him.' This is my message for you." So they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them and said, "Greetings!" And they came to him, took hold of his feet, and worshipped him. Then Jesus said to them, "Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me."