Sunday 20 April 2014 - Easter Services
5.30 am – Easter Vigil
9.30 am – Solemn Mass
The day begins before sunrise with the Easter Vigil. We gather outside for the lighting of the new fire and the blessing of the Easter (Paschal) candle. Moving into the hall, the Easter Proclamation is sung and we hear readings from scripture. Then we move into the church building to renew our baptismal vows and to celebrate the first Eucharist of Easter.
A free, celebratory breakfast follows.
'He rose again from the dead'
“Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene went to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. And she saw two angels in white sitting, one at the head and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain. Then they said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid Him.”
Now when she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, and did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” She, supposing Him to be the gardener, 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, “Rabboni!” (which is to say, Teacher). Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, ‘I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God.’”
Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that He had spoken these things to her.”
- John 20: 1, 12-18
- This joyful Easter-tide, away with care and sorrow! [Kings College Cambridge - Youtube 2.36mins]
- Hallelujah Chorus [Choir of King's College - Youtube 3.57mins]