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Topic: The Great Vigil of Easter
Time: Apr 12, 2020 05:30 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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 APRIL 12, 2020, 5:30 am

St. Andrew’s, York, PA


The Lighting of the Paschal Candle

In the darkness, fire is kindled; after which the Celebrant may address the people in these or similar words


Dear friends in Christ: On this most holy night, in which our Lord Jesus passed over from death to life, the Church invites her members, dispersed throughout the world, to gather in vigil and prayer. For this is the Passover of the Lord, in which, by hearing his Word and celebrating his Sacraments, we share in his victory over death.

The Celebrant may say the following prayer

Let us pray.

O God, through your Son you have bestowed upon your people the brightness of your light: Sanctify this new fire, and grant that in this Paschal feast we may so burn with heavenly desires, that with pure minds we may attain to the festival of everlasting light; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


The Paschal Candle is then lighted from the newly kindled fire. You are invited to light your own candle at this time; the following is said three times:


Celebrant      The Light of Christ
People           Thanks be to God.



The Exsultet is now sung

Rejoice now, heavenly hosts and choirs of angels, and let your trumpets shout Salvation for the victory of our mighty King. Rejoice and sing now, all the round earth, bright with a glorious splendor, for darkness has been vanquished by our eternal King. Rejoice and be glad now, Mother Church, and let your holy courts, in radiant light, resound with the praises of your people. All you who stand near this marvelous and holy flame,  pray with me to God the Almighty  for the grace to sing the worthy praise of this great light;  through Jesus Christ our Lord,  who lives and reigns with him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


Celebrant      The Lord be with you.
People           And also with you.
Celebrant      Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
People           It is right to give him thanks and praise.


The celebrant continues
It is truly right and good, always and everywhere, with our whole heart and mind and voice, to praise you, the invisible, almighty, and eternal God, and your only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ our Lord; for he is the true Paschal Lamb, who at the feast of the Passover paid for us the debt of Adam's sin, and by his blood delivered your faithful people.


This is the night, when you brought our fathers, the children of Israel, out of bondage in Egypt, and led them through the Red Sea on dry land.
This is the night, when all who believe in Christ are delivered from the gloom of sin, and are restored to grace and holiness of life.
This is the night, when Christ broke the bonds of death and hell, and rose victorious from the grave.
How wonderful and beyond our knowing, O God, is your mercy and loving-kindness to us, that to redeem a slave, you gave a Son.
How holy is this night, when wickedness is put to flight, and sin is washed away. It restores innocence to the fallen, and joy to those who mourn. It casts out pride and hatred, and brings peace and concord.
How blessed is this night, when earth and heaven are joined and man is reconciled to God.
Holy Father, accept our evening sacrifice, 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

The Celebrant introduces the scripture readings

Let us hear the record of God's saving deeds in history, how he saved his people in ages past; and let us pray that our God will bring each of us to the fullness of redemption.

Israel's Deliverance at the Red Sea (Exodus 14:10-15:1)

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 Moses and the Israelites sang this song to the Lord:
‘I will sing to the Lord, for he has triumphed gloriously; horse and rider he has thrown into the sea.

Here ends the reading.


The celebrant says

Let us pray. (Silence)
O God, whose wonderful deeds of old shine forth even to our own day, you once delivered by the power of your mighty arm your chosen people from slavery under Pharaoh, to be a sign for us of the salvation of all nations by the water of Baptism: Grant that all the peoples of the earth may be numbered among the offspring of Abraham, and rejoice in the inheritance of Israel; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

A New Heart and a New Spirit (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. Here ends the reading.

The celebrant says
Let us pray.     (Silence)

Almighty and everlasting God, who in the Paschal mystery established the new covenant of reconciliation: Grant that all who are reborn into the fellowship of Christ's Body may show forth in their lives what they profess by their faith; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


The Valley of Dry Bones (Ezekiel 37:1-14)

The hand of the Lord came upon me, and he brought me out by the spirit of the Lord and set me down in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. He led me all round them; there were very many lying in the valley, and they were very dry. He said to me, ‘Mortal, can these bones live?’ I answered, ‘O Lord God, you know.’ Then he said to me, ‘Prophesy to these bones, and say to them: O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord. Thus says the Lord God to these bones: I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live. I will lay sinews on you, and will cause flesh to come upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and you shall live; and you shall know that I am the Lord.’

So I prophesied as I had been commanded; and as I prophesied, suddenly there was a noise, a rattling, and the bones came together, bone to its bone. I looked, and there were sinews on them, and flesh had come upon them, and skin had covered them; but there was no breath in them. Then he said to me, ‘Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, mortal, and say to the breath: Thus says the Lord God: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live.’ I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood on their feet, a vast multitude.

Then he said to me, ‘Mortal, these bones are the whole house of Israel. They say, “Our bones are dried up, and our hope is lost; we are cut off completely.” Therefore prophesy, and say to them, Thus says the Lord God: I am going to open your graves, and bring you up from your graves, O my people; and I will bring you back to the land of Israel. And you shall know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves, and bring you up from your graves, O my people. I will put my spirit within you, and you shall live, and I will place you on your own soil; then you shall know that I, the Lord, have spoken and will act, says the Lord.’ Here ends the reading.


The Celebrant says:
Let us pray. (Silence)

Almighty God, by the Passover of your Son you have brought us out of sin into righteousness and out of death into life: Grant to those who are sealed by your Holy Spirit the will and the power to proclaim you to all the world; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


The Gathering of God's People:  Zephaniah 3:12-20

For I will leave in the midst of you    a people humble and lowly. They shall seek refuge in the name of the Lord—the remnant of Israel; they shall do no wrong and utter no lies, nor shall a deceitful tongue be found in their mouths. Then they will pasture and lie down, and no one shall make them afraid. Sing aloud, O daughter Zion; shout, O Israel! Rejoice and exult with all your heart, O daughter Jerusalem!
The Lord has taken away the judgements 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.

Here ends the reading.

Let us pray.   (Silence)

O God of unchangeable power and eternal light: Look favorably on your whole Church, that wonderful and sacred mystery; by the effectual working of your providence, carryout in tranquility the plan of salvation; let the whole world see and know that things which were cast down are being raised up, and things which had grown old are being made new, and that all things are being brought to their perfection by him through whom all things were made, your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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.

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

      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.

      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.

      Will you proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in                           Christ?
People           I will, with God’s help.

      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.


The Easter Acclamation

The people now proclaim three times, the celebrant first saying
                   Alleluia! Christ is risen!
People           The Lord is risen indeed! Alleluia.


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

O God, who made this most holy night to shine with the glory of the Lord's resurrection: Stir up in your Church that Spirit of adoption which is given to us in Baptism, that we, being renewed both in body and mind, may worship you in sincerity and truth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.


A Reading from St. Paul’s Letter to the Romans 6:3-11

Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized 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.


The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew (28:1-10)

          People           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 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.’

At the conclusion of the Gospel the Celebrant says

                             The Gospel of the Lord.

          People           Praise to you, Lord Christ.


The Homily

The Peace

Celebrant      The Peace of the Lord be always with you.
People           And also with you.


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.



The Lord’s Prayer

Celebrant And now, as our Saviour 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.



The Easter Blessing the people saying “Amen” after each petition.

May Almighty God, who has redeemed us and made us his children through the resurrection of his Son our Lord, bestow upon you the riches of his blessing. Amen.

May God, who through the water of baptism has raised us from sin into newness of life, make you holy and worthy to be united with Christ for ever. Amen.

May God, who has brought us out of bondage to sin into true and lasting freedom in the Redeemer, bring you to your eternal inheritance. Amen.

And the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be upon you and remain with you for ever.  Amen.



                             Let us go forth in the name of Christ. Alleluia, alleluia.
          People           Thanks be to God. Alleluia. Alleluia.


The Offertory

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 Easter Flowers In Memoriam and In Honor

While our situation has altered our worship plans since we placed our Easter Flower orders, our intentions have not.  On this day of Resurrection, we remember those dear to our hearts:  may they Rest in Peace and Rise in Glory. We also give thanks and honor to those who make our hearts glad.


Donna & Steve Welty                In Memory of Father Welty & Mother Ryan

Dorothea Troutman                   In Memory of Larry Troutman

Daryl & Cricket Webb               In Memory of Genevieve Scnosser & George Tate

Joan Zanzinger                           In Memory of Doris Frailey & Edna & Howard Zanzinger

Elaine Douglas                          In Memory of Fred & Susan Johnson

Bob & Ellie Benica                    In Memory of their Father & Mother and Grandparents

Barbara Fleischer                       In Memory of Frank Fleischer

Stacy Sipe                                  In Honor of the Sipe Family

Meredith Williams                     In Memory of Grandparents

Susan Heinle                             In Memory of Bill Ropp & David Ropp

Cheryl Breault                           In Memory of Mom & Dad

Carmelite Family                       In Memory of Kenneth & Virginia Moir

Diana Beasley                            In Memory of Carl & Fran Beasley

Leiphart Family                         In Honor of Adam Leiphart – Grandson

Fimiani Family                          In Memory of Grandma Judy Slarb & In honor of Harney Family

Alwine Family                           In Memory of the Alwine Family

Krebs Family                             In Memory of the Krebs Family

Deroche Family                          In Memory of Parents & Grandparents

Ambrose Family                         In Memory of Bishop Mark Dyer, The Rev. Web Simons &
The Rev. Ken Jackson

Newman Family                        In Memory of Alicia & Zoey Newman

Ann & Bert Myers                     In Memory of Brad Myers & Gretchen Harrington