Easter Day Evensong

Hymn is – The Lord is risen indeed

1 The Lord is risen indeed!
Now is his work performed;
now is the mighty captive freed,
and death’s strong castle stormed.

2 The Lord is risen indeed!
Then hell has lost his prey;
with him is risen the ransomed seed
to reign in endless day.

3 The Lord is risen indeed!
He lives, to die no more;
he lives, the sinner’s cause to plead,
whose curse and shame he bore.

3 The Lord is risen indeed!
Attending angels, hear!
Up to the courts of heaven with speed
the joyful tidings bear.

5 Then take your golden lyres,
and strike each cheerful chord;
join, all ye bright celestial choirs,
to sing our risen Lord.
 (By Thomas Kelly – 1792) 

Dearly beloved brethren, the Scripture moveth us in sundry places to acknowledge and confess our manifold sins and wickedness; and that we should not dissemble nor cloke them before the face of Almighty God our heavenly Father; but confess them with an humble, lowly, penitent, and obedient heart; to the end that we may obtain forgiveness of the same, by his infinite goodness and mercy. And although we ought at all times humbly to acknowledge our sins before God; yet ought we most chiefly so to do, when we assemble and meet together to render thanks for the great benefits that we have received at his hands, to set forth his most worthy praise, to hear his most holy Word, and to ask those things which are requisite and necessary, as well for the body as the soul. Wherefore I pray and beseech you, as many as are here present, to accompany me with a pure heart and humble voice unto the throne of the heavenly grace, saying after me:

All: Almighty and most merciful Father, We have erred, and strayed from thy ways like lost sheep, We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts, We have offended against thy holy laws, We have left undone those things which we ought to have done, And we have done those things which we ought not to have done, And there is no health in us: But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us miserable offenders; Spare thou them, O God, which confess their faults, Restore thou them that are penitent, According to thy promises declared unto mankind in Christ Jesu our Lord: And grant, O most merciful Father, for his sake, That we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober life, To the glory of thy holy Name. Amen.

(The Absolution or Remission of sins to be pronounced by the Priest alone, standing: the people still kneeling.)

All: Almighty God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who desireth not the death of a sinner, but rather that he may turn from his wickedness, and live; and hath given power, and commandment, to his Ministers, to declare and pronounce to his people, being penitent, the Absolution and Remission of their sins: He pardoneth and absolveth all them that truly repent, and unfeignedly believe his holy Gospel. Wherefore let us beseech him to grant us true repentance, and his Holy Spirit, that those things may please him, which we do at this present; and that the rest of our life hereafter may be pure, and holy; so that at the last we may come to his eternal joy; through Jesus Christ our Lord.


We say together

Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, which art in heaven,

Hallowed be thy Name,

Thy kingdom come,

Thy will be done, in earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread;

And forgive us our trespasses,

As we forgive them that 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.


O Lord, open thou our lips.
All: And our mouth shall shew forth thy praise.
O God, make speed to save us.
All: O Lord, make haste to help us.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;
All: As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Praise ye the Lord.

All: The Lord’s Name be praised.

The Easter Anthems 

  • Christ our passover has been sacrificed for us

so let us celebrate the feast,

2    not with the old leaven of corruption and wickedness:

but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.  1 Corinthians 5.7b, 8

3   Christ once raised from the dead dies no more death has no more dominion over him.

4    In dying he died to sin once for all in living he lives to God.

5    See your-selves therefore as dead to sin and alive to God in Jesus Christ our Lord.                                                                                                       Romans 6.9–11

6    Christ has been raised from the dead the first fruits of those who sleep.

7    For as by man came death by man has come also the resurrection of the dead;

8    for as in Adam all die even so in Christ shall all be made alive.

1 Corinthians 15.20–22

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.


The first reading is taken from – Acts Chap: 10

34 Peter began to speak: “I now realize that it is true that God treats everyone on the same basis.

35 Those who fear him and do what is right are acceptable to him, no matter what race they belong to.

36 You know the message he sent to the people of Israel, proclaiming the Good News of peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all.

37 You know of the great event that took place throughout the land of Israel, beginning in Galilee after John preached his message of baptism.

38 You know about Jesus of Nazareth and how God poured out on him the Holy Spirit and power. He went everywhere, doing good and healing all who were under the power of the Devil, for God was with him.

39 We are witnesses of everything that he did in the land of Israel and in Jerusalem. Then they put him to death by nailing him to a cross.

40 But God raised him from death three days later and caused him to appear,

41 not to everyone, but only to the witnesses that God had already chosen, that is, to us who ate and drank with him after he rose from death.

42 And he commanded us to preach the gospel to the people and to testify that he is the one whom God has appointed judge of the living and the dead.

43 All the prophets spoke about him, saying that all who believe in him will have their sins forgiven through the power of his name.” 

Magnificat (Luke Chap:1)

My soul doth magnify the Lord
and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.

For he hath regarded
the lowliness of his hand-maiden.

For behold, from henceforth :
all generations shall call me blessed.

For he that is mighty hath magnified me :
and holy is his Name.

And his mercy is on them that fear him :
throughout all generations.

He hath shewed strength with his arm :
he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.

He hath put down the mighty from their seat :
and hath exalted the humble and meek.

He hath filled the hungry with good things :
and the rich he hath sent empty away.

He remembering his mercy hath holpen his servant Israel :
as he promised to our forefathers, Abraham and his seed, for ever.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son :
and to the Holy Ghost;

As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be :
world without end.


Here the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ According to –  John Chap: 20

1 Early on Sunday morning, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been taken away from the entrance.

 2 She went running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and told them, “They have taken the Lord from the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!”

3 Then Peter and the other disciple went to the tomb.

4 The two of them were running, but the other disciple ran faster than Peter and reached the tomb first.

5 He bent over and saw the linen cloths, but he did not go in.

6 Behind him came Simon Peter, and he went straight into the tomb. He saw the linen cloths lying there

7 and the cloth which had been around Jesus’ head. It was not lying with the linen cloths but was rolled up by itself.

8 Then the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went in; he saw and believed

9 (They still did not understand the scripture which said that he must rise from death.)

10 Then the disciples went back home.

11 Mary stood crying outside the tomb. While she was still crying, she bent over and looked in the tomb

12 and saw two angels there dressed in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had been, one at the head and the other at the feet.

13 “Woman, why are you crying?” they asked her. She answered, “They have taken my Lord away, and I do not know where they have put him!”

14 Then she turned around and saw Jesus standing there; but she did not know that it was Jesus.

15 “Woman, why are you crying?” Jesus asked her. “Who is it that you are looking for?” She thought he was the gardener, so she said to him, “If you took him away, sir, tell me where you have put him, and I will go and get him.”

16 Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned toward him and said in Hebrew, “Rabboni!” (This means “Teacher.”)

17 “Do not hold on to me,” Jesus told her, “because I have not yet gone back up to the Father. But go to my brothers and tell them that I am returning to him who is my Father and their Father, my God and their God.”

18 So Mary Magdalene went and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord and related to them what he had told her. 

.Nunc Dimittis (Luke Chap: 2.Vers: 29)

Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace :
according to thy word.

For mine eyes have seen :
thy salvation;

Which thou hast prepared :
before the face of all people;

To be a light to lighten the Gentiles :
and to be the glory of thy people Israel.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son :
and to the Holy Ghost;

As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be :
world without end.


We say together

The  Creed

I believe in God the Father Almighty,

Maker of heaven and earth:
And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord,

Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost,

Born of the Virgin Mary,

Suffered under Pontius Pilate,

Was crucified, dead, and buried:

He descended into hell; The third day he rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven,

And sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty;

From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Ghost;

The holy Catholick Church;

The Communion of Saints;

The Forgiveness of sins; T

he Resurrection of the body,

And the Life everlasting.



Hymn – The Day of Resurrection 

  1. The day of resurrection!
    Earth, tell it out abroad;
    the Passover of gladness,
    the Passover of God.
    From death to life eternal,
    from earth unto the sky,
    our Christ hath brought us over,
    with hymns of victory.
  2. Our hearts be pure from evil,
    that we may see aright
    the Lord in rays eternal
    of resurrection light;
    and listening to his accents,
    may hear, so calm and plain,
    his own “All hail!” and, hearing,
    may raise the victor strain.

3. Now let the heavens be joyful!
Let earth the song begin!
Let the round world keep triumph,
and all that is therein!
Let all things seen and unseen
their notes in gladness blend,
for Christ the Lord hath risen,
our joy that hath no end
.  (By St. John of Damascus – 675 to 754 AD)


The Lord be with you

All: And with thy sprit 

Let us pray

Lord have mercy upon us

All: Christ have mercy upon up

Lord have mercy upon us 

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, which art in heaven,

Hallowed be thy Name.

Thy Kingdom  come.

Thy will be done in earth,

As it is in  heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

As we forgive them that 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.



O Lord, shew thy mercy upon us.

All: And grant us thy salvation, he

 O Lord, save the Queen,

All: And mercifully hear us when we call to ipon thee.

Endue thy Ministers with righteous­ness.

All: And make thy chosen people joyful.

 O Lord, save thy people.

All:. And bless thine inheritance.

Give peace in our time, O Lord.

All:Because there is none other that fight-eth for us, but only thou, O God.

O God, make clean our hearts within us.

All:  And take not thy Holy Spirit from us.


Collect for Easter Day

Lord of all life and power,

who through the mighty resurrection of your Son

overcame the old order of sin and death

to make all things new in him:

grant that we, being dead to sin

and alive to you in Jesus Christ,

may reign with him in glory;

to whom with you and the Holy Spirit

be praise and honour, glory and might,

now and in all eternity.

All: Amen

The Second Collect at Evening Prayer

O God, from whom all holy desires, all good counsels, and all just works do proceed:

Give unto thy servants that peace which the world cannot give;

that both our hearts may be set to obey thy commandments, and also that by thee we being defended from the fear of our enemies may pass our time in rest and quietness; through the merits of Jesus Christ our Saviour.

All: Amen

We Say together the Third Collect, for Aid against all Perils

Lighten our darkness, we beseech thee, O Lord;

and by thy great mercy defend us from all perils and dangers of this night; for the love of thy only Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ.

Prayers and Intercessions

We pray for God to fill us with his Spirit.

Generous God,

we thank you for the power of your Holy Spirit.

We ask that we may be strengthened to serve you better.

Lord, come to bless us

All: and fill us with your Spirit.

We thank you for the wisdom of your Holy Spirit.

We ask you to make us wise to understand your will.

Lord, come to bless us

All: and fill us with your Spirit.

We thank you for the peace of your Holy Spirit.

We ask you to keep us confident of your love wherever you call us.

Lord, come to bless us

All: and fill us with your Spirit.

We thank you for the healing of your Holy Spirit.

We ask you to bring reconciliation and wholeness

where there is division, sickness and sorrow.

Lord, come to bless us

All: and fill us with your Spirit.

We thank you for the gifts of your Holy Spirit.

We ask you to equip us for the work which you have given us.

Lord, come to bless us

All: and fill us with your Spirit.

We thank you for the fruit of your Holy Spirit.

We ask you to reveal in our lives the love of Jesus.

Lord, come to bless us

All: and fill us with your Spirit.

We thank you for the breath of your Holy Spirit,

given us by the risen Lord.

We ask you to keep the whole Church, living and departed,

in the joy of eternal life.

Lord, come to bless us

All: and fill us with your Spirit. 

All: Generous God,

hear our prayer,

and make us one in heart and mind

to serve you with joy for ever.


Hymn – Ye Choirs of New Jerusalem

(We sing this hymn this evening to remember the Ukraine)

  1. Ye choirs of new Jerusalem,
    your sweetest notes employ,
    the Paschal victory to hymn
    in strains of holy joy.

    2. For Judah’s Lion bursts his chains,
    crushing the serpent’s head;
    and cries aloud through death’s domains
    to wake the imprisoned dead.

    3. Devouring depths of hell their prey
    at his command restore;
    his ransomed hosts pursue their way
    where Jesus goes before.

    4. Triumphant in his glory now
    to him all power is given;
    to him in one communion bow
    all saints in earth and heaven.

    5. While we, his soldiers, praise our King,
    his mercy we implore,
    within his palace bright to bring
    and keep us evermore.

    6. All glory to the Father be,
    all glory to the Son,
    all glory, Holy Ghost, to thee,
    while endless ages run.

Sermon Notes – Easter Sunday Evening Service

Most of us know by heart the stories of the Resurrection. It is important to remember the sheer enormity of what had happened on that first Easter Day.

We know of many who have lost their lives to Covid or had their lives shortened by it.

We have all lost loved ones but to know that their work on earth is done and they are now at rest with our Saviour brings great comfort.

No matter where we are in our walk of faith we all need to remember this. 

Hymn – Jesus lives: Thy Terrors Now

1.Jesus lives! thy terrors now
can no longer, death, appall us;
Jesus lives! by this we know
thou, O grave, canst not enthrall us.

2.Jesus lives! henceforth is death
but the gate of life immortal;
this shall calm our trembling breath
when we pass its gloomy portal.

3.Jesus lives! for us he died;
then, alone to Jesus living,
pure in heart may we abide,
glory to our Saviour giving.

4.Jesus lives! our hearts know well
nought from us his love shall sever;
life, nor death, nor powers of hell
tear us from his keeping ever.

5.Jesus lives! to him the throne
over all the world is given:
may we go where he has gone,
rest and reign with him in heaven.
Alleluia!     (By
Christian Fürchtegott Gellert – 1715)

Closing Blessing

May the glory and the promise of this joyous time of year bring peace and happiness to you  and those you hold most dear.

May Christ, Our Risen Saviour, always be there by your side to bless you most abundantly and be your loving guide.

.All: Amen 

Hymn – Thine Be the Glory Risen, Conquering Son

1.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 thy body lay.
Thine be the glory,
Risen, conquering Son;
Endless is the victory
Thou o’er 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 o’er death hast won!

3.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 the glory,
Risen, conquering Son;
Endless is the victory
Thou o’er death hast won! (
Translator: Richard Birch Hoyle – 1904) 

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

All: In the name of Christ, Amen

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