Posted by: Michael Chance | April 24, 2011

Resurrection of the Lord – Sunrise Vigil – April 24th

Greeting: Grace and peace to you from Jesus Christ our Lord.
My brothers and sisters in Christ:
On this most holy morning in which Jesus Christ passed over from death to life,
We gather as the Church to watch and pray.
This is the Passover of Christ in which we share in Christ’s victory and death.
(from The United Methodist Book of Worship)

Opening Prayer: God of life, through Jesus Christ you have bestowed upon the world the light of life.
Sanctify this new fire, and grant that our hearts and minds may also be kindled
With holy desire to shine forth with the brightness of Christ’s rising,
That we may attain to the feast of everlasting light;
Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
(from The United Methodist Book of Worship)

Lighting of the Paschal Candle

The Light of Christ rises in glory,
Overcoming the darkness of sin and death.
Christ is our Light!

Opening Hymn: Christ Has Risen (John Bell/William Moore)

Reading from the Word: Matthew 28:1-10

Easter Proclamation

Rejoice, heavenly powers! Sing, choirs of angels!
Exult, all creation around God’s throne!
Jesus Christ, our King, is risen!
Sound the trumpet of salvation!

Rejoice, O earth, in shing splendor, radiant in the brightness of our King!
Christ has conquered! Glory fills you!
Darkness vanishes forever!

Rejoice, O holy Church! Exult in glory!
The risen Savior shines upon you!
Let this place resound with joy, echoing the mighty song of all God’s people!
– excerpted from the Exsultet

Hymn: Now the Green Blade Riseth (J. M. C. Crum/Traditional French carol tune)

Reaffirmation of the Baptismal Covenant

Brothers and sisters in Christ:
Through the Sacrament of Baptism we are initiated into Christ’s holy Church.
We are incorporated into God’s mighty acts of salvation and given new birth through water and the Spirit.
All this is God’s gift, offered to us without price.

Through the reaffirmation of our faith we renew the covenant declared at our baptism,
acknowledge what God is doing for us, and affirm our commitment to Christ’s holy Church.
(from The United Methodist Book of Worship)

Hymn: Hail the Day That Sees Him Rise (Charles Wesley/Robert Williams)

Blessing: We are sent forth in the power of Christ’s resurrection. Alleluia!
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ,
and the love of God
and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen.

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