Alleluia! The Lord is risen indeed: O come, let us worship!
To mark the beginning of Easter on this the holy night when Jesus was raised from the dead, here is an At-Home Easter Vigil service prepared for households to celebrate together by the Diocese of Brandon.
It is the same resource that we used as a Parish last year, intended to be used around the evening mealtime, as Easter officially begins this evening.
The Gospel reading (found on page 6) is the only piece of the service which is out of order. Instead of Matthew 28:1-10, the Gospel reading for this year is Mark 16:1-8, which has been included below.
May the Risen Lord Jesus Christ bless you, and be with you always. Amen.
"When the sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. They had been saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?” When they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had already been rolled back. As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man, dressed in a white robe, sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed. But he said to them, “Do not be alarmed; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised; he is not here. Look, there is the place they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him, just as he told you.” So they went out and fled from the tomb, for terror and amazement had seized them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid." (Mark 16:1–8).
Rev. Rob serves as the Priest-in-Charge at St. Luke's Gondola Point, and as the School Chaplain at Rothesay Netherwood School