Easter 2021

From the vicar



Angels in the heavens extol your resurrection, O Christ our Saviour. Count us worthy here on earth to glorify you in purity of heart.



Reflection


Between the night of Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday morning, Christ our Lord, having descended to the dead, (depicted here in a Byzantine fresco), was raised to glory by the Father in the power of the Holy Spirit.


The hymns below from the Orthodox Church proclaim his resurrection, the fundamental message of our Christian faith: Christ who was crucified, dead and buried, to take away the sins of the world, is alive and gloriously reigning, having defeated death for ever. For fifty days after his resurrection he appeared to his disciples, establishing the Church; on the fiftieth day (Pentecost Sunday) he sent the Holy Spirit to empower them and us to proclaim his good news of everlasting life.



Orthodox Hymns

When the women came before dawn they found that the stone had been rolled away from the tomb and heard the Angel say, "Why do you seek among the dead the One who exists in everlasting light? See his graveclothes in the sepulchre. Run and proclaim to the world that the Lord has risen and has put death to death; for he is the Son of God who saves the human race."

Having seen the resurrection of Christ come let us worship the Holy Lord Jesus, the only sinless one. Your Cross O Christ we venerate, and Your holy resurrection we praise and glorify. For You are our God, we know no other but You, and we call upon your name. Come all you faithful, let us worship the resurrection of Christ; for behold through the Cross, joy has come into the whole world. Ever blessing the Lord, we extol his resurrection: by enduring the Cross for us he destroyed death by his death.



On Easter Sunday morning the Church of England provides these beautiful texts from Holy Scripture:


The Easter Anthems

Christ our Passover has been sacrificed for us:

so let us celebrate the feast,

not with the old leaven of corruption and wickedness:

but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. Alleluia!


Christ once raised from the dead dies no more:

death has no more dominion over him.

In dying he died to sin once for all:

in living he lives to God.

See yourselves therefore as dead to sin:

and alive to God in Jesus Christ our Lord. Alleluia!


Christ has been raised from the dead:

the first fruits of those who sleep.

For as by man came death:

by man has come also the resurrection of the dead;

for as in Adam all die:

even so in Christ shall all be made alive. Alleluia!


Glory to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning is now

and shall be for ever. Amen, Alleluia!



Christ is Risen: he is Risen indeed!

Happy Easter to All!


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