An order for Online Worship for Easter

An Order for Sunday Online Worship for Easter

(An abbreviated Eucharist)

For this service you will be invited to share Bread and Drink, Have a water bowl for blessing, and Easter food (Basket, Eggs, Easter Bread, Easter Candy etc)  and a Candle Decorated for the Ocasion.  Please prepare a sacred space with these elements for todays Liturgy.  

Celebrant: Alleluia, Christ is Risen!

People: The Lord is Risen Indeed! Alleluia!

Christ our Passover Pascha nostrum

1 Corinthians 5:7-8; Romans 6:9-11; 1 Corinthians 15:20-22

The Celebrant reads the Canticle and all respond with the Alleluia.


Christ our Passover has been sacrificed for us; *

therefore let us keep the feast,

Not with the old leaven, the leaven of malice and evil, *

but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.


Christ being raised from the dead will never die again; *

death no longer has dominion over him.

The death that he died, he died to sin, once for all; *

but the life he lives, he lives to God.

So also consider yourselves dead to sin, *

and alive to God in Jesus Christ our Lord.


Christ has been raised from the dead, *

the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep.

For since by a man came death, *

by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead.

For as in Adam all die, *

so also in Christ shall all be made alive.


The Celebrant says: Let us pray.

Silence is kept.

Collect for Easter

O God, who for our redemption gave your only-begotten

Son to the death of the cross, and by his glorious resurrection

delivered us from the power of our enemy: Grant us so to die

daily to sin, that we may evermore live with him in the joy of

his resurrection; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,

who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God,

now and for ever. Amen.

Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 (said together or responsively) 

Confitemini Domino

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; *
his mercy endures for ever.

2 Let Israel now proclaim, *
“His mercy endures for ever.”

14 The Lord is my strength and my song, *
and he has become my salvation.

15 There is a sound of exultation and victory *
in the tents of the righteous:

16 “The right hand of the Lord has triumphed! *
the right hand of the Lord is exalted!
the right hand of the Lord has triumphed!”

17 I shall not die, but live, *
and declare the works of the Lord.

18 The Lord has punished me sorely, *
but he did not hand me over to death.

19 Open for me the gates of righteousness; *
I will enter them;
I will offer thanks to the Lord.

20 “This is the gate of the Lord; *
he who is righteous may enter.”

21 I will give thanks to you, for you answered me *
and have become my salvation.

22 The same stone which the builders rejected *
has become the chief cornerstone.

23 This is the Lord‘s doing, *
and it is marvelous in our eyes.

24 On this day the Lord has acted; *
we will rejoice and be glad in it.

Sung Celtic Aleluia (Alleluia x4)

Matthew 28:1-10

After the sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And suddenly there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord, descending from heaven, came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. For fear of him the guards shook and became like dead men. But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples, ‘He has been raised from the dead, and indeed he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him.’ This is my message for you.” So they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came to him, took hold of his feet, and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”


A Brief Reflection on the Word.

Renewal of Baptismal Vows

As we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ from the dead, we remember that through the paschal mystery we have died and been buried with him in baptism.

In baptism, God calls us out of darkness into his marvellous light. To follow Christ means dying to sin and rising to new life in him. Therefore I ask:

Do you reject the devil and all rebellion against God?

All   I reject them.

Do you renounce the deceit and corruption of evil?

All   I renounce them.

Do you repent of the sins that separate us from God and neighbour?

All   I repent of them.

Do you turn to Christ as Saviour?

All   I turn to Christ.

Do you submit to Christ as Lord?

All   I submit to Christ.

Do you come to Christ, the way, the truth and the life?

All   I come to Christ.

Celebrant: May God, who has given you the desire to follow Christ,

give you the strength to continue in the Way.


Blessing of Easter Lustral Water

If the Liturgy of Initiation has not been celebrated at the Easter Liturgy, the president stands before the water of baptism and says 

Praise God who made heaven and earth,

All   who keeps his promise for ever.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

All   It is right to give thanks and praise.

Celebrant Continues:

Almighty God, whose Son Jesus Christ

was baptized in the river Jordan,

we thank you for the gift of water

to cleanse us and revive us.

We thank you that through the waters of the Red Sea

you led your people out of slavery

to freedom in the promised land.

We thank you that through the deep waters of death

you brought your Son,

and raised him to life in triumph.

Bless this water, that your servants who use it in this Easter Season

may be made one with Christ in his death and in his resurrection,

to be cleansed and delivered from all sin.

Send your Holy Spirit upon us this Easter Day,

bring us to new birth in the household of faith,

and raise us with Christ to full and eternal life;

for all might, majesty, authority, and power are yours,

now and for ever.

All   Amen.

(each one Blesses oneself with the Easter Water)

Prayers of Intercession

(From Common Worship)


The following form may be used.

In joy and hope let us pray to the Father.

That our risen Saviour may fill us [and all who celebrate with us today] with the joy of his

glorious and life-giving resurrection …

we pray to the Father.

All   Hear our prayer.

That isolated and ill in our midst, especially those affected by Covid 19, 

may they find fresh strength in the good news of Easter …

we pray to the Father.

All   Hear our prayer.

That God may grant us humility

to be subject to one another in Christian love …

we pray to the Father.

All   Hear our prayer.

That he may provide for those who lack food, work or shelter …especially during these challenging times and for our leaders called to provide help and assistance

we pray to the Father.

All   Hear our prayer.

That he may reveal the light of his presence to the sick,

the weak and the dying, especially those who will die alone,

to comfort and strengthen them …

we pray to the Father.

All   Hear our prayer.

That, according to his promises,

all who have died in the faith of the resurrection

may be raised on the last day …we pray for those who are near and dear to us who have died in the hope of the resurrection.  

we pray to the Father.

All   Hear our prayer.

That he may send the fire of the Holy Spirit upon his people,

so that we may bear faithful witness to his resurrection,

we pray to the Father.

All   Hear our prayer.

Heavenly Father,

you have delivered us from the power of darkness

and brought us into the kingdom of your Son:

grant that, as his death has recalled us to life,

so his continual presence in us may raise us to eternal joy;

through Christ our Lord.

All   Amen.

Song: Laudate Dominum, Laudate Dominum, Omnes, gentes, Alleluia 

(The table is now prepared, those who are watching may light a candle at this moment)

(Each one in their home sets aside bread and some drink for Agape)

The Great Thanksgiving. Short form (BCP page 401)

Celebrant The Lord be with you.

People: And also with you.

Celebrant Lift up your hearts.

People: We lift them to the Lord.

Celebrant: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

People: It is right to give him thanks and praise.

It is indeed right, our duty and our joy,

always and everywhere to give you thanks,

almighty and eternal Father,

and on this day of our redemption

to celebrate with joyful hearts

the memory of your wonderful works.

For by the mystery of his passion

Jesus Christ, your risen Son,

has conquered the powers of death and hell

and restored in men and women the image of your glory.

He has placed them once more in paradise

and opened to them the gate of life eternal.

And so, in the joy of this Passover,

earth and heaven resound with gladness,

while angels and archangels and the powers of all creation

sing for ever the hymn of your glory:

we too join with angels and archangels

as they proclaim your glory without end:

Celebrant and People: Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.

Celebrant: And so, Father, we bring you these gifts. Sanctify them by your Holy Spirit to be for your people the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ our Lord.

(At the following words concerning the bread, the Celebrant is to hold it, or lay a hand upon it; and at the words concerning the cup, to hold or place a hand upon the cup and any other vessel containing wine to be consecrated)

On the night he was betrayed he took bread, said the blessing, broke the bread, and gave it to his friends, and said, “Take, eat: This is my Body, which is given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.”

After supper, he took the cup of wine, gave thanks, and said, “Drink this, all of you; This is my Blood of the new Covenant, which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this for the remembrance of me.”

Father, we now celebrate the memorial of your Son. By means of this holy bread and cup, we show forth the sacrifice of his death, and proclaim his resurrection, until he comes again. Gather us by this Holy Communion into one body in your Son Jesus Christ. Make us a living sacrifice of praise.

By him, and with him, and in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit all honor and glory is yours, Almighty Father, now and for ever. AMEN.

The Lords Prayer.

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

Celebrant: The gifts of God for the people of God.


Lord Jesus, we miss the sacrament of Holy Communion.  Since not all can receive communion in our own churches at this time, may this service, in which we gather on this Easter Day, strengthen our understanding that you are already in our hearts and never allow us to be separated from you, as we wait in eager anticipation for the time when we can gather again around your table with our local congregation, and in the future with each other.  Amen.

Blessing of the Bread and sustenance for Agape (all say together)

Lord God we thank you for your goodness towards us, for providing our food, especially our daily bread.  Bless + the bread and food which we are to partake.  In eating it we are reminded of the good earth which nurtures the grain; those who have harvested the wheat, milled it, and baked the dough.  May we always be grateful for your bountiful earth and be good stewards of it.  Blesse be God forever.  Amen.  

(Those who have access to the sacrament may now receive. and those who have Agape food now partake in their own home)

Spiritual Communion.

( If a person desires Communion but is unable to at that moment, the minister should assure that person that all benefits of Communion are received through an act of spiritual communion even if the Sacrament is not received. The minister and or the individuals may pray using these words)

from Enriching our Worship 2

Prayer of Spiritual Communion

All: God of infinite mercy, we thank you for Jesus our Savior, our true Mother who feeds us and gives us eternal life. Though We cannot all consume these gifts of bread and wine, We thank you that We have received the sacrament of Christ’s presence, the forgiveness of sins, and all other benefits of Christ’s passion. Grant that we may continue for ever in the Risen Life of our Savior, who with you and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Blessing of Easter Foods

Celebrant:  Throughout Lent we have been preparing for the resurrection of the Lord by prayer, almsgiving, and fasting. Our Lenten fasting is a reminder of our hunger and thirst for holiness which is satisfied only by Christ who feeds and nourishes us by His word and sacraments. When we gather at our first meal of Easter may this food be a sign for us of that heavenly banquet to which the Lord calls us.


The Son of God who invites us to the Paschal feast stands ready to help. Let us call upon Him in our need.


Reslponse: Lord, prepare us for the feast of life.


That Easter may find us cleansed of sin and ready to live anew our Christian faith, we pray to the Lord. R. Lord, prepare us for the feast of life.


That the bread we share may be a reminder of the Bread of Life we share in the Eucharist, we pray to the Lord. R. Lord, prepare us for the feast of life.


That we may be ready to give from our table to those who hunger and thirst, we pray to the Lord. R. Lord, prepare us for the feast of life.


That we may one day enjoy the banquet of the Lord in the heavenly Kingdom, we pray to the Lord. R. Lord, prepare us for the feast of life.


Prayer of Blessing over the Easter Food


God of glory, the eyes of all turn to You as we celebrate Christ’s victory over sin and death. Bless us and this food of our first Easter meal. May we who gather at the Lord’s table continue to celebrate the joy of his resurrection and be admitted finally to His heavenly banquet. Grant this through Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.

Final Blessing


God, who through the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ

has given us the victory,

give you joy and peace in your faith;

and the blessing of God almighty,

the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,

be among you and remain with you always.

All   Amen.

We are raised to new life with Christ.

Go in his peace. Alleluia, alleluia.

All   Thanks be to God. Alleluia, alleluia.


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