This morning a small number of residents again met in Chapel with appropriate ‘distancing’ for an Easter Sunday service. You can now listen to this 17-minute service via the player below, and follow it by the text below that, including the words of the hymns if you’d like to join in.

The service is conducted by the Chaplain, Reverend Daniel Owen. The reading is by Caleb Owen, and Mr Peter McCarthy is the pianist.

Easter Day – The First Sunday of Easter
12th April 2020

The Greeting
Christ is risen.
The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia! Luke 24:34

Introduction from the Chaplain

O Lord, open our lips
And our mouth will proclaim your praise.

O God, make speed to save us.
O Lord, make haste to help us.

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.

Praise the Lord.
The Lord’s name be praised.

Hymn 244

1. There is a green hill far away,
Without a city wall,
where the dear Lord was crucified
who died to save us all.

2. We may not know, we cannot tell,
what pains he had to bear,
but we believe it was for us
he hung and suffered there.

3. He died that we might be forgiven,
he died to make us good,
that we might go at last to heaven,
saved by his precious blood.

4. There was no other good enough
to pay the price of sin,
he only could unlock the gate
of heaven, and let us in.

5. O dearly, dearly has he loved!
And we must love him too,
and trust in his redeeming blood,
and try his works to do.

Cecil Francis Alexander (1818-95)

The Reading
John 20:1-18, The Resurrection of Jesus
(Followed by short address by the Chaplain).

Easter Collect
Almighty God,
through your only-begotten Son Jesus Christ
you have overcome death
and opened to us the gate of everlasting life:
Grant that, as by your grace going before us
you put into our minds good desires,
so by your continual help we may bring them to good effect;
through Jesus Christ our risen Lord
who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Prayers
Concluding with:

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, the power, and the glory
for ever and ever. Amen.

Hymn 288

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

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

2. 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 oe’r death hast won.

3. No more we doubt thee, glorious Prince of Life;
life is nought 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 the glory, risen, conquering Son,
endless is the victory thou oe’r death hast won.

Edmund Budry (1854-1932), Tr. R.B. Hoyle (1875-1939)

 

Concluding Prayer and Blessing
Living God,
for our redemption you gave your only-begotten Son
to the death of the cross,
and by his glorious resurrection
you have delivered us from the power of our enemy.
Grant us so to die daily unto sin,
that we may evermore live with him in the joy of his risen life;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

The blessing of God Almighty,
The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit,
be with you and remain with you always. Amen.

Go in the peace of the Risen Christ. Alleluia! Alleluia!
Thanks be to God. Alleluia! Alleluia!

Finally, listen to ‘O vos omnes II’ by Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548-1611) sung by some ‘distanced’ residents on Good Friday below:

Material in the service from The Book of Common Prayer copyright © RCB 2004.

Photograph of the Chapel taken by the Chaplain.