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EASTER SUNDAY: April 12, 2020, 10:30 a.m.
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, York, PA

Prayer for a home Easter Candle

Holy Father, accept the offering of this candle in your honor. May it shine continually to drive away all darkness. May Christ, the Morning Star who knows no setting, find it ever burning--he who gives his light to all creation, and who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.

The Liturgy of the Word


Opening Hymn                 “Come, ye faithful, raise the strain”    



Presider             Alleluia! Christ is Risen!
 People         The Lord is Risen indeed. Alleluia!

The Presider may say

Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy Name; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Hymn of Praise                          “Welcome, happy morning!”


The Collect

Celebrant       The Lord be with you.
People           And also with you.
Celebrant       Let us pray.

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.

The Lessons

A Reading from Acts 10:34-43

Peter began to speak to Cornelius and the other Gentiles: "I truly understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. You know the message he sent to the people of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ--he is Lord of all. That message spread throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John announced: how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power; how he went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. We are witnesses to all that he did both in Judea and in Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a tree; but God raised him on the third day and allowed him to appear, not to all the people but to us who were chosen by God as witnesses, and who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one ordained by God as judge of the living and the dead. All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name."        -- The Word of the Lord   People Thanks be to God.

Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 is now said in unison

1 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; *
his mercy endures for ever.

2 Let Israel now proclaim, *
"His mercy endures for ever."

14 The Lord is my strength and my song, *
and he has become my salvation.

15 There is a sound of exultation and victory *
in the tents of the righteous:

16 "The right hand of the Lord has triumphed! *
the right hand of the Lord is exalted!
the right hand of the Lord has triumphed!"

17 I shall not die, but live, *
and declare the works of the Lord.

18 The Lord has punished me sorely, *
but he did not hand me over to death.

19 Open for me the gates of righteousness; *
I will enter them;
I will offer thanks to the Lord.

20 "This is the gate of the Lord; *
he who is righteous may enter."

21 I will give thanks to you, for you answered me *
and have become my salvation.

22 The same stone which the builders rejected *
has become the chief cornerstone.

23 This is the Lord's doing, *
and it is marvelous in our eyes.

24 On this day the Lord has acted; *
we will rejoice and be glad in it.

A Reading from Colossians 3:1-4

If you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth, for you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life is revealed, then you also will be revealed with him in glory.  – The Word of the Lord.
People Thanks be to God.

Hymn                                       “At the Lamb’s high feast” 


Celebrant    The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew 28:1-10
        Glory to you, Lord Christ.

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 worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.” – The Gospel of the Lord.

People Praise to you, Lord Christ.

The Sermon                                                               The Rev. Grant Ambrose

The Renewal of Baptismal Vows

The Celebrant may first address the people in these or similar words.

Through the Paschal mystery, dear friends, we are buried with Christ by Baptism into his death, and raised with him to newness of life. I call upon you, therefore, now that our Lenten observance is ended, to renew the solemn promises and vows of Holy Baptism, by which we once renounced Satan and all his works, and promised to serve God faithfully in his holy Catholic Church.

Celebrant    Do you reaffirm your renunciation of evil and renew your commitment to Jesus            Christ?
People         I do.


Celebrant    Do you believe in God the Father?                                                            People         I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.


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

People         I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.
                   He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit born of the Virgin                                                         Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was                                   buried. He descended to the dead. 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.

Celebrant    Do you believe in God the Holy Spirit?

People         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.

Celebrant    Will you continue in the apostles' teaching and fellowship, in the                                       breaking of bread, and in the prayers?

People         I will, with God's help.

Celebrant    Will you persevere in resisting evil, and, whenever you fall into sin,                                     repent and return to the Lord?

People         I will, with God's help.

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

People         I will, with God’s help.

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

People         I will, with God’s help.

Celebrant    Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the                               dignity of every human being?

People         I will, with God's help.

The Celebrant concludes the Renewal of Vows as follows:

May Almighty God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has given us a new birth by water and the Holy Spirit, and bestowed upon us the forgiveness of sins, keep us in eternal life by his grace, in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.

Hymn   “He is risen”




Presider         And now as our Savior Christ has taught us, we are bold to say:

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, for ever and ever. Amen.


A Prayer of Spiritual Communion

Lord Jesus, I believe that you are present in the most Blessed Sacrament. I love you

above all things and I desire to receive you into my soul. Since I cannot now receive

you sacramentally, come spiritually into my heart. I embrace you as if you were

already there, and unite myself wholly to you. Never permit me to be separated

from you. Amen.


Hymn                                    “Jesus Christ is Risen today”                     next page


THE PEACE                                                                                          

            Celebrant      The peace of the Lord be always with you.                

            People           And also with you.





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