Easter 2015 Order of Service

Festal Choral Eucharist for Easter Day 2015

Broadcast on Easter Day, 5 April 2015

Presiding Bishop: The Right Reverend Ross Bay, Bishop of Auckland
Preacher: The Very Reverend Jo Kelly-Moore, Dean
Gospeller: The Reverend Tony Surman, Precentor
Liturgist: Edward Swift
Communion Setting: Truro Eucharist – David Briggs
Director of Music: Timothy Noon
Cathedral Organist: Philip Smith
The Holy Trinity Cathedral Choir


This joyful Eastertide’ – arr. Charles Wood

This joyful Eastertide, away with care and sorrow!
My Love, the Crucified, hath sprung to life this morrow.

Had Christ, that once was slain, ne'er burst his three-day prison,
our faith had been in vain; but now is Christ arisen, arisen, arisen, arisen.

Death's flood hath lost its chill, since Jesus crossed the river:
Lover of souls, from ill my passing soul deliver.

My flesh in hope shall rest, and for a season slumber,
till trump from east to west shall wake the dead in number.


Jesus Christ is risen to-day, Alleluia.
Our triumphant holy day, Alleluia.
Who did once, upon the cross, Alleluia.
Suffer to redeem our loss. Alleluia.

Hymns of praise then let us sing, Alleluia.
Unto Christ, our heavenly King, Alleluia.
Who endured the Cross and grave, Alleluia.
Sinners to redeem and save. Alleluia.

But the pains that he endured, Alleluia.
Our salvation have procured, Alleluia.
Now above the sky he’s King, Alleluia.
Where the angels ever sing. Alleluia.

Text: Lyra Davidica
Tune: AMNS 77, Easter Hymn, Lyra Davidica

The Gathering

The Bishop welcomes the Congregation and exchanges with them the Easter greeting.

Bishop: Christ is risen, alleluia!
Christ is risen indeed, alleluia!

The Lord be with you.
The Lord bless you.

This is the day which the Lord has made.
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.

The Liturgist reads the Sentence and leads the Congregation in the Collect for Purity.


Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy he has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

- Peter 1:3

Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hidden; cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, so that we may truly love you and worthily praise your holy name; through our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Hear the teaching of Christ: a new commandment I give to you, that you love one another as I have loved you.

Spirit of God, search our hearts.


Kyrie eleison.
Christe eleison.
Kyrie eleison.

Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.


The Penitential Rite is led by the Liturgist

God has promised forgiveness to all who truly repent, turn to Christ in faith and are themselves forgiving. In silence we call to mind our sins.


Let us confess our sins.

Merciful God, we have sinned in what we have thought and said, in the wrong we have done, and in the good we have not done. We have sinned in ignorance; we have sinned in weakness; we have sinned through our own deliberate fault. We are truly sorry. We repent and turn to you. Forgive us, for our Saviour Christ's sake, and renew our lives to the glory of your name. Amen

Absolution is declared by the Bishop

Through the cross of Christ, God have mercy on you, X pardon you and set you free. Know that you are forgiven and be at peace. God strengthen you in all goodness and keep you in life eternal. Amen.


Glory be to God on high, and in earth peace, goodwill towards men. We praise thee, we bless thee, we worship thee, we glorify thee, we give thanks to thee, for thy great glory, O Lord God, heavenly King, God the Father Almighty.

O Lord, the only-begotten Son, Jesu Christ; O Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father, that takest away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us. Thou that takest away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us. Thou that takest away the sins of the world, receive our prayer. Thou that sittest at the right hand of God the Father, have mercy upon us.

For thou only art holy; thou only art the Lord; thou only, O Christ, with the Holy Ghost, art most high in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

Liturgist:  The peace of Christ rule in our hearts.
All: The word of Christ dwell in us richly.

The Collect

Glorious Lord of Life, we praise you, that by the mighty resurrection of your Son, you have delivered us from sin and death and made your whole creation new; grant that we who celebrate with joy Christ’s rising from the dead, may be raised from the death of sin to the life of righteousness; through him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God now and forever. Amen


Acts 10: 34-43 read by Pam Rose

At the end of the reading

Reader: Hear what the Spirit is saying to the Church.
All:Thanks be to God.


Victimae paschali – Gregorian Chant, arr. Jehan Revert


Victimae paschali laudes
immolent Christiani.
Agnus redemit oves:
Christus innocens Patri
reconciliavit peccatores.
Mors et vita duello
conflixere mirando:
dux vitae mortuus,
regnat vivus.
Dic nobis Maria,
quid vidisti in via?
Sepulcrum Christi viventis,
et gloriam vidi resurgentis:
Angelicos testes,
sudarium, et vestes.
Surrexit Christus spes mea:
praecedet suos in Galilaeam.
Scimus Christum surrexisse
a mortuis vere:
tu nobis, victor Rex,
Amen. Alleluia.

May you praise the Paschal Victim,
immolated for Christians.
The Lamb redeemed the sheep:
Christ, the innocent one,
has reconciled sinners to the Father.
A wonderful duel to behold,
as death and life struggle:
The Prince of life dead,
now reigns alive.
Tell us, Mary Magdalene,
what did you see in the way?
I saw the sepulchre of the living Christ,
and I saw the glory of the Resurrected one:
The Angelic witnesses,
the winding cloth, and His garments.
The risen Christ is my hope:
He will go before His own into Galilee.
We know Christ to have risen
truly from the dead:
And thou, victorious King,
have mercy on us.
Amen. Alleluia.


The Gospel

Before the Gospel

Gospeller: The Holy Gospel according to Mark.
All: Praise and Glory to God.

Gospel: Mark 16: 1-8 read by The Reverend Tony Surman

After the Gospel

Gospeller: This is the Gospel of Christ.
All: Praise to Christ, the Word.

Sermon: The Very Reverend Jo Kelly Moore

Read the full text of the sermon

Bishop: Let us declare before God the faith which we share.

Congregation: We believe in God, the maker of all things.
We believe in Jesus Christ, redeemer of the world.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, giver of life and truth.
With God’s help, we seek to love others as ourselves,
to strive for peace and justice, to accept the cost of following Jesus
in our daily life and work; and to proclaim the Good News of Christ
in word and action.

Bishop: God of love, inspire us in our calling to be partners with Christ.
Strengthen our resolve to make our lives signs of your presence and power.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Bishop: Let us pray for the Church and for the World, giving thanks for God’s goodness.

Prayers of Intercession

The Liturgist

Bishop: The peace of Christ be always with you
Congregation: And also with you.
Bishop: Let us offer our immediate neighbours a sign of Christ’s peace.


At the Lamb’s high feast we sing
praise to our victorious King,
who hath washed us in the tide
flowing from his piercéd side;
praise we him whose love divine
gives his sacred blood for wine,
gives his body for the feast,
Christ the victim, Christ the priest.

Where the paschal blood is poured,
death’s dark angel sheaths his sword;
Israel’s host triumphant go
through the wave that drowns the foe.
Praise we Christ, whose blood was shed,
paschal victim, paschal bread;
with sincerity and love
eat we mana from above.

Mighty victim from the sky,
hell’s fierce powers beneath thee lie;
thou hast conquered in the fight,
thou hast brought us life and light.
Now no more can death appal,
now no more the grave enthral:
thou hast opened paradise,
and in thee thy saints shall rise.

Easter triumph, Easter joy,
sin alone can this destroy;
from sin’s power do thou set free
souls-new born, O Lord, in thee.
Hymns of glory and of praise,
risen Lord, to thee we raise;
holy Father, praise to thee,
with the spirit, ever be.

Text: Latin tr. R Campbell
Tune: AMNS 81 Salzburg, Jacob Hintze


The Presider says

The Lord is here.
God's Spirit is with us.

Lift up your hearts.
We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to offer thanks and praise.

It is right indeed, ever-living God,
to give you thanks and praise
through Christ your only Son.
You are the source of all life and goodness;
through your eternal Word you have created
all things from the beginning.
When we sinned and turned away
you called us back to yourself
and gave your Son to share our human nature.
He made the one perfect sacrifice for the sin of the world.
You raised him to life triumphant over death;
You exalted him in glory.
By his victory over death,
The reign of sin is ended,
a new age has dawned,
a broken world is restored and we are made whole once more.
In him you have made us a holy people
by sending upon us your holy and life-giving Spirit.
Therefore with the faithful who rest in him,
With angels and archangels and all the company of heaven,
We proclaim you great and glorious name,
For ever praising you and singing,


Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of hosts,
heaven and earth are full of thy glory:
Glory be to thee, O Lord most High.
Blessed is he that cometh in the Name of the Lord:
Hosanna in the highest.
All glory and thanksgiving to you, holy Father;
on the night before he died,
your Son, Jesus Christ, took bread;
when he had given you thanks,
he broke it, gave it to his disciples, and said:
Take, eat, this is my body
which is given for you;
do this to remember me.
After supper he took the cup;
when he had given you thanks,
he gave it to them and said:
Drink this, all of you,
for this is my blood of the new covenant
which is shed for you and for many
for the forgiveness of sins;
do this as often as you drink it,
to remember me.
Therefore loving God,
recalling your great goodness to us in Christ,
we celebrate our redemption with this bread of life
and this cup of salvation.
Send your Holy Spirit
that these gifts of bread and wine which we receive
may be to us the body and blood of Christ,
and that we, filled with the Spirit's grace and power,
may be renewed for the service of your kingdom.
United in Christ with all who stand before you
in earth and heaven, we worship you, O God,
in songs of everlasting praise.

Blessing, honour and glory be yours,
here and everywhere now and forever. Amen.

As Christ teaches us we pray

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come, your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours
now and for ever. Amen.

The Presider breaks the bread

We break this bread to share in the body of Christ.
We who are many are one body, for we all share the one bread.

The Invitation

The Presider invites the people saying:

Draw near and receive the body and blood of our Saviour
Jesus Christ in remembrance that he died for us.
Let us feed on Him in our hearts by faith with thanksgiving.

Agnus Dei

O Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world: have mercy on us.
O Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world: have mercy upon us.
O Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world: grant us thy peace.

Communion Motet Haec Dies – William Byrd


Haec dies quam fecit Dominus: exultemus et laetemur in ea. Alleluia.

This is the day which the Lord hath made: let us rejoice and be glad in it. Alleluia.


The Bishop reads the Sentence and leads the Prayer after Communion.

Sentence after Communion

‘Thanks be to God who gives us hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ; alleluia!’
-1 Corinthians 15: 57

Prayer after Communion

Gracious God we have seen with our eyes,
and touched with our hands the bread of life.
May we who have been baptised and know the risen Christ,
grow in love for you and for each other,
and bring healing to this wounded world;
through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Concluding Hymn

Thine be the glory,
risen, conquering Son,
endless is the victory
thou o’er death hast won;
angels in bright raiment
rolled the stone away,
kept the folded grave-clothes
where his body lay.

Lo, Jesus meets us,
risen from the tomb;
lovingly he greets us,
scatters fear and gloom;
let the Church with gladness
hymns of triumph sing,
for her Lord now liveth,
death hath lost its sting:

Thine be the glory, risen, conquering Son,
endless is the victory thou o’er death hast won.

No more we doubt thee,
glorious Prince of Life;
life is naught without thee:
aid us in our strife;
make us more than conquerors
through thy deathless love;
bring us safe through Jordan
to thy home above:
Thine be theglory, risen, conquering Son,
endless is the victory thou o’er death hast won.

Text: E.L. Budry, tr. R.B. Hoyle
Tune: AMNS 428, Maccabaeus, G.F. Handel

The Blessing

Bishop: May Christ, who by death has destroyed death, give you all courage and joy in believing; and the X blessing of God our Creator, Redeemer and Giver of life be with you always. Amen.

Dismissal of the Community

Liturgist: Go now to love and serve the Lord. Go in peace. Alleluia! Alleluia!
All:  Amen. We go in the name of Christ. Alleluia! Alleluia!

Organ Sortie  Toccata de la Résurrection – Léonce de Saint-Martin

Holy Trinity Cathedral Auckland

This copyright service is reprinted from the Eucharistic Liturgy “Thanksgiving of the People of God”, contained in A New Zealand Prayer Book – He Karakia Mihinare O Aotearoa pp 404 ff
All hymns reproduced under LicenSing Licence#608057

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