Saturday, April 16, 2022

The Vigil of Easter, April 16, 2022, 6:30 p.m.

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‘The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it’ (John 1). As the sun fades and the darkness gathers, the Church lights its lamps to celebrate the resurrection of the Lord Jesus.


Weather permitting, the people gather outside the church building, where a fire has been prepared.


The paschal candle is lit from the new fire.



May the light of Christ, rising in glory,

dispel the darkness of our hearts and minds.



The lay assistant bearing the paschal candle leads the procession to the darkened church. At the beginning of the procession, and several times during the procession, this versicle and response are sung:

The light of Christ.

  Thanks be to God. 


When the people have gathered in the narthex, the hand candles are lit from the paschal candle. Never tilt the lighted candle; instead, the unlit candles are tilted to receive the light from the lighted candles.


[Once inside the church, the people remain standing.]


XEaster proclamation                                


Rejoice, now, all heavenly choirs of angels,

                and celebrate the divine mysteries with exultation;

                and, for the victory of so great a King,

                sound the trumpet of salvation.

Exult, also, O earth, enlightened with such radiance;

                and, made brilliant by the splendor of the eternal King,

                know that the ancient darkness

has been banished from all the world.

Be glad also, O mother Church,

clothed with the brightness of such a light,

                and let this house resound

with the triumphant voices of the peoples.

Wherefore, dearly beloved,

who stand in the clarity of this bright and holy light,

                join with me, I ask you,

in praising the lovingkindness of almighty God;

                through our Lord, Jesus Christ, your Son,

                who lives and rules with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and forever.  Amen

The congregation is seated.


The Lord be with you.

  And also with you.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

  It is right to give him thanks and praise.


It is indeed right and salutary

                that we should with full devotion of heart and mind and voice

                praise the invisible God, the Father Almighty,

                and his only Son, our Lord, Jesus Christ;

who paid for us the debt of Adam to the eternal Father,

                and who by his precious blood

                redeemed us from the bondage to the ancient sin.

For this indeed is the Paschal Feast in which

the true Lamb is slain,

                by whose blood the doorposts of the faithful are made holy.

This is the night in which, in ancient times,

                you delivered our forebears, the children of Israel,

from the land of Egypt;

                and led them, dry-shod, through the Red Sea.

This, indeed, is the night in which the darkness of sin

                has been purged away by the rising brightness.

This is the night in which all who believe in Christ

                are rescued from evil and the gloom of sin,

                are renewed in grace, and are restored to holiness.

This is the night in which, breaking the chains of death,

                Christ arises from hell in triumph.

For it would have profited us nothing to be born

                had we not also been redeemed.

Oh, how wonderful the condescension of your lovingkindness!

Oh, how inestimable the goodness of your love,

                that to redeem a slave you delivered up your Son!

O necessary sin of Adam that is wiped away by the death of Christ!

O happy fault that was worthy to have so great a Redeemer!

O night truly blessed which alone was worthy

                to know the time and the hour

wherein Christ arose again from hell!

This is the night of which it is written:

                "and the night is as clear as the day";

                and, "then shall my night be turned into day."

The holiness of this night puts to flight the deeds of wickedness;

                washes away sin; restores innocence to the fallen,

and joy to those who mourn;

                casts out hate; brings peace; and humbles earthly pride.

Therefore, in this night of grace, receive, O holy Father,

                this evening sacrifice of praise;

                which the Church lays before you

in the solemn offering of the candle.

We sing the glories of this pillar of fire,

the brightness of which is not diminished,

                even when its light is divided and borrowed.

For it is fed by the melting wax which the bees, your servants,

                have made for the substance of this candle.

O night truly blessed in which heaven and earth are joined--

                things human and things divine.

We, therefore, pray to you, O Lord,

                that this candle, burning to the honor of your name,

                will continue to vanquish the darkness of this night

                and be mingled with the lights of heaven.

May he who is the morning star find it burning--

                that morning star which never sets,

                that morning star which, rising again from the grave,

                faithfully sheds light on all the human race.

And we pray, O Lord, rule, govern,

                and preserve with your continual protection your whole Church,

                giving us peace in this time of our paschal rejoicing;

through the same Lord, Jesus Christ, your Son,

                who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

      one God, now and forever.  Amen

The hand candles are extinguished.




The readings from salvation history recall God’s gracious act of creation and his saving actions for the people of Israel, in the light of the new creation and the great act of salvation for all people in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.


FIRST READING: Genesis 1:1--242 




     Give to Our God Immortal Praise!

                Green LBW 520

 1      Give to our God immortal praise!

        Mercy and truth are all his ways;

        wonders of grace to God belong;

        repeat his mercies in your song.


2      He sent his Son with pow’r to save

        from guilt and darkness and the grave.

        Wonders of grace to God belong;

        repeat his mercies in your song.


3      Give to the Lord of lords renown;

        the King of kings with glory crown.

        His mercies ever shall endure

        when lords and kings are known no more!


Text: Isaac Watts, 1674-1748

SECOND READING: Genesis 7:1-85, 11-18, 8:6-18, 9:8-13

The Flood


HYMN                Even As We Live Each Day

      Green LBW 350       


The text of this hymn may not be reproduced here.

THIRD READING: Exodus 14:10-31, 15:20-21

Israel’s Deliverance at the Red Sea


HYMN                I Will Sing to the Lord

      Green LBW 19          

I will sing to the Lord, for he has | triumphed gloriously;*

                the horse and its rider he has thrown in- | to the sea.

        The Lord is my strength | and my song,*

                he has | been my Savior.

        This is my God, and | I will praise him,*

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

        Your right hand, O Lord, glo- | rious in power,*

                your right hand, O Lord, shat- | ters the enemy.

        Who among the gods is like | you, O Lord?*

                Who is like you, majestic in holiness,

                awesome in splendor, | doing wonders?

        In your mercy you led forth the people | you set free;*

                you guided them in your strength

                to your holy | habitation.

        You will bring them | in and plant them*

                on the mount that is | your possession,

        the place, O Lord, you have made for your dwelling,

        the sanctuary, O Lord, which your hands | have prepared.*

                The Lord shall reign forev- | er and ever.

        Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the | Holy Spirit:*

                as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forev- | er. Amen


Text: from Psalm 89; Jeremiah 33

FOURTH READING: Daniel 3:1-29

Deliverance from the Fiery Furnace


HYMN                All Creatures of our God and King      

Green LBW 527, stanzas 1,6, and 7 


1          All creatures of our God and King,

Lift up your voice with us and sing:

Alleluia ! Alleluia !

O burning sun with golden beam,

And silver moon with softer gleam:           Refrain


Refrain:  Oh praise him! Oh, praise him! Allelulia, allelulia, allelulia!


6      And you, most kind and gentle death,

        Waiting to hush our final breath,

        Oh, praise him!  Allelulia!

        You lead to heav’n the child of God,

        Where Christ our Lord the way has trod.       Refrain


7      Let all things their Creator bless

        And worship God in humbleness.

        Oh, praise him!  Allelulia!

        Oh, praise the Father, praise the Son,

        And praise the Spirit, Three in One.                  Refrain



Affirmation of Baptism


In the ancient Church, the Easter Vigil was the service in which those having undergone the intensive scrutinies of Lent were baptized. Today we remember our baptism and renew the covenant that God has made with us.


In Holy Baptism our Lord Jesus Christ received us and made us members of his Church. In the community of God's people, we have learned from his Word God's loving purpose for us and for all creation. We have been nourished at his holy table and called to be witnesses to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Now, therefore, I ask you to once again profess your faith in Christ Jesus, reject sin, and confess the faith of the Church, the faith in which we baptize.



Do you renounce the devil and all the forces that defy God?

  I renounce them.

Do you renounce the powers of this world that rebel against God?

  I renounce them.

Do you renounce the ways of sin that draw you from God?

  I renounce them.




The pastor sprinkles the members of the congregation from the baptismal font as they confess their faith.


Do you believe in God the Father?

  I believe in God, the Father almighty,

  creator of heaven and earth.


Do you believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God?

  I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.

  He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit

     and born of the virgin Mary.

  He suffered under Pontius Pilate,

     was crucified, died, and was buried.

  He descended into hell.

  On the third day he rose again.

  He ascended into heaven,

     and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

  He will come again to judge the living and the dead.


Do you believe in God the Holy Spirit?

  I believe in the Holy Spirit,

  the holy catholic Church,

  the communion of saints,

  the forgiveness of sins,

  the resurrection of the body,

  and the life everlasting. Amen


Will you continue in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, in the

breaking of bread and the prayers?                                          

  I will, with God’s help.


Will you persevere in resisting evil, and, whenever you fall into sin,

repent and return to the Lord?

  I will, with God’s help.


Will you proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in


  I will, with God’s help.


Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as


  I will, with God’s help.


Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect

the dignity of every human being?

  I will, with God’s help.


Gracious Lord, through water and the Spirit you have made us your own. You forgave us all our sins and brought us to newness of life. Continue to strengthen us with the Holy Spirit, and daily increase in us your gifts of grace: the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord, the spirit of joy in your presence; through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord.





Having heard the word of salvation in the light of God, and celebrated the Passover from death to life in the sacrament of baptism, the Church celebrates her Lord’s meal with renewed joy and gladness. For fifty days, the Church will rejoice in Easter life. Alleluia!



A             In peace, let us pray to the Lord.

C             Lord, have mercy.

A             For the peace from above, and for our salvation,

                let us pray to the Lord.

C             Lord, have mercy.

A             For the peace of the whole world, for the well-being of the Church of God,

                and for the unity of all, let us pray to the Lord.

C             Lord, have mercy.

A             For this holy house, and for all who offer here their worship and praise,

                let us pray to the Lord.

C             Lord, have mercy.

A             Help, save, comfort, and defend us, gracious Lord.

C             Amen











O God, you gave your only Son to suffer death on the cross for our

redemption, and by his glorious resurrection you delivered us from the

power of death. Make us die every day to sin, so that we may live with

him forever in the joy of the resurrection; through Jesus Christ our Lord,

who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and





READING:                                                                        Romans 6:3-11


Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4Therefore 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.

5For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. 6We 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. 7For whoever has died is freed from sin. 8But if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 9We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. 10The death he died, he died to sin, once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. 11So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.


The Word of the Lord.

  Thanks be to God.




Romans 6:9; Exodus 15:1

Alleluia. Christ being raised from the dead will never die again; death has no more dominion over him. Alleluia. Let us sing to the Lord who has triumphed gloriously.  Alleluia.


GOSPEL:                                                            John 20:1-18


The Holy Gospel according to Saint John.

  Glory to you, O Lord.

Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb. 2So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, "They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him." 3Then Peter and the other disciple set out and went toward the tomb. 4The two were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. 5He bent down to look in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he did not go in. 6Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen wrappings lying there, 7and the cloth that had been on Jesus' head, not lying with the linen wrappings but rolled up in a place by itself. 8Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; 9for as yet they did not understand the scripture, that he must rise from the dead. 10Then the disciples returned to their homes.

                11But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb; 12and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying, one at the head and the other at the feet. 13They said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping?" She said to them, "They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him." 14When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus. 15Jesus said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?" Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, "Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away." 16Jesus said to her, "Mary!" She turned and said to him in Hebrew, "Rabbouni!" (which means Teacher). 17Jesus said to her, "Do not hold on to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and say to them, 'I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.' " 18Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, "I have seen the Lord"; and she told them that he had said these things to her.


 The Gospel of the Lord.

  Praise to you, O Christ.



                We Know That Christ is Raised          Green LBW 189

The text of this hymn may not be reproduced here.



Let us pray for the whole people of God in Christ Jesus, and for all people according to their needs.


Silence is kept.


For the people of God, baptized into the death of Jesus; that we may walk in newness of life, rejecting sin and seeking the freedom of your Spirit. Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.


For those with civil authority and all in positions of responsibility; that they may live their vocations with integrity and wisdom. Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.


For the poor in body, mind and spirit; for the sick, the dying, the grieving, and for those who cannot trust in your love for them; that they may be given signs of your grace.


The people may voice their petitions aloud or in silence.


Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.


For your people gathered here; that we might be encouraged by the good examples of those who have gone before us to walk in the way of baptism, trusting in their risen life with you. Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.


Into your hands, Father, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in your steadfast love, through Jesus Christ, our Lord.



The peace of the Lord be with you always.   

  And also with you.


The people exchange a sign of peace with the simple words, Peace be with you.



The Lord’s Table is prepared.



OFFERTORY  1 Corinthians 5:7-8          

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia. Clean out the old yeast so that you may be a new batch of dough.  For Christ our paschal Lamb has been sacrificed.  Therefore, let us celebrate the festival with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.




Almighty Father, creator of all,

you wash away our sins and give us new birth by the Spirit

by the redemption of the blood of Christ.

In this time of rejoicing,

renew your gift of life within us;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.




  It is indeed right and salutary that we should at all times and in all places offer thanks and praise to you, O Lord, holy Father, almighty and ever-living God.

  But chiefly we are bound to praise you for the glorious resurrection of our Lord; for he is the true Passover Lamb who gave himself to take away our sin, who by his death has destroyed death, and by his rising has brought us to eternal life.

  And so, with Mary Magdalene and Peter and all the witnesses of the resurrection, with earth and sea and all their creatures, and with angels and archangels, cherubim and seraphim, we praise your name and join their unending hymn:


The pastor leads the people in praying the Eucharistic canon


  You are indeed holy, O God, the fountain of all holiness;

                you bring light from darkness, life from death,

speech from silence.

We worship you for our lives and for the world you give us.

We thank you for the new world to come

                and for the love that will rule all in all.

We praise you for the grace shown to Israel, your chosen,

                the people of your promise:

                the rescue from Egypt, the gift of the promised land,

                the memory of the fathers, the homecoming from exile,

                and the prophets' words that will not be in vain.

In all this we bless you for your only-begotten Son,

                who fulfilled and will fulfill all your promises.

In the night in which he was betrayed,

                        our Lord Jesus took bread, and gave thanks;

                        broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying:

                        Take and eat; this is my body, given for you.

Do this for the remembrance of me.


Again, after supper, he took the cup, gave thanks,

                        and gave it for all to drink, saying:

                        This cup is the new covenant in my blood,

                        shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sin.

Do this for the remembrance of me.


For as often as we eat of this bread and drink from this cup,

                we proclaim the Lord's death until he comes.

                Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.


Therefore, O God, with this bread and cup

                we remember the incarnation of your Son:

                his human birth and the covenant he made with us.

We remember the sacrifice of his life:

                his eating with outcasts and sinners,

and his acceptance of death.

But chiefly on this night we remember his rising from the tomb,

                his ascension to the seat of power,

                and his sending of the holy and life-giving Spirit.

We cry out for the resurrection of our lives,

                when Christ will come again in beauty and power

                to share with us the great and promised feast.

                Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.


Send now, we pray, your Holy Spirit,

that we and all who share in this bread and cup

may be united in the fellowship of the Holy Spirit,

may enter the fullness of the kingdom of heaven,

and may receive our inheritance with all your saints in light.

                Amen. Come, Holy Spirit.


Join our prayers with those of your servants

of every time and every place,

and unite them with the ceaseless petitions

of our great high priest

until he comes as victorious Lord of all.


In the presence of Christ, we pray to his Father using the words he gave us.


Christ is in our midst.

                By the power of the Spirit,

                we pray to his Father, saying:


Our Father, who art in heaven,

                hallowed be thy name,

                thy kingdom come,

                thy will be done,

                                on earth as it is in heaven.

                Give us this day our daily bread;

                and forgive us our trespasses,

                                as we forgive those who trespass against us;

                and lead us not into temptation,

                                but deliver us from evil.

                For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory,

                                forever and ever. Amen                                    Matthew 6:9-15


Alleluia! Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us.

  Therefore let us keep the feast! Alleluia!

We adore Christ, present in bread and wine.






Admission to the Sacrament is by invitation of the Lord, presented through the Church to those who are baptized.


They may receive the Lord’s Body and Blood who are baptized in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, who commune in their home churches, and who believe that Jesus Christ, crucified and risen, is truly present in, with, and under the forms of bread and wine for the forgiveness of sins, life, and salvation.


Please come forward, take a communion cup from the tray, and kneel at the altar rail on your ‘side’ of the worship space. Please make an effort to leave some distance between your family unit and the next family unit. When your side has finished communing, please place your empty cup in the tray provided.



When all have received, the congregation stands at the direction of the pastor.


The body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ

strengthen you and keep you in his grace.             






Pour out upon us the spirit of your love, O Lord, and unite the wills of those whom you have fed with one heavenly food; through Jesus Christ our Lord.




Almighty God, Father, X Son, and Holy Spirit,

bless you now and forever.




He is Arisen! Glorious Word!                      Green LBW 138

 He is arisen! Glorious Word!

        Now reconciled is God, my Lord;

        the gates of heav’n are open.

        My Jesus rose triumphantly,

        and Satan’s arrows broken lie,

        destroyed hell’s fiercest weapon.

        Oh, hear, what cheer!

        Christ victorious,

        rising glorious,

        life is giving.

        He was dead, but now is living!


Text: Birgitte K. Boye, 1742-1824; tr. George T. Rygh, 1860-1942, alt.


Alleluia! Christ is risen!

  He is risen indeed. Alleluia!

Go in peace. Serve the Lord.               

  Thanks be to God!