Bulletin Insert – April 1, 2018

The Feast of the Resurrection: Easter Day 

Today, we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ, Son of God, from the dead.

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Duluth, Episcopal Church in Minnesota. Flowering the cross.

Many Episcopal churches will celebrate this most holy day with festal traditions and customs; these might include featuring brass quartets and tympani, flowering a wooden cross, or censing the altar and congregation with fragrant smoke. Many will gather in their churches to sing “Jesus Lives” or “Jesus Christ is Risen Today,” while others will gather at sunrise in fields, parking lots, beaches, and forests for an a capella service. For many others, the day may be celebrated simply, without any of these practices.

Still, wherever the Church meets, worshippers will encounter the Paschal Greeting:

Celebrant:                     Alleluia. Christ is risen.
Congregation:                The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia.

Church Beyond the Walls, Providence, Diocese of Rhode Island. Censing the altar during the Eucharist.

With these words, spoken in a hundred languages the whole world over, the Church affirms the miracle and mystery of Easter: that Jesus, the One who was humiliated, broken, beaten and killed, lives. We celebrate in the sure and certain hope that he has destroyed the power of death and the grave, and “opened for us the way of eternal life” (Catechism, Book of Common Prayer, p. 850). In such a simple greeting, and throughout our worship, we acknowledge the joy and wonder of the Resurrection. In each proclamation of the risen Lord stands an invitation for renewal, not just for ourselves, but for a world sorely in need.

A Collect for Easter Sunday

Christ Church, Bloomfield & Glen Ridge, NJ, Diocese of Newark. Celebrating a baptism.

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 forever. Amen.

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