April 11, 2020 8 pm

The Great Vigil of Easter

St Hilary’s Church welcomes people from diverse backgrounds

to nurture their spiritual lives

in helping them live Christ’s mission.

Children’s activity packs are available from the Greeters.

Bishop of Toronto: The Most Rev’d Andrew Asbil

Area Bishop of York-Credit Valley: The Rt Rev’d Jenny Andison

 Incumbent of St. Hilary’s: The Rev’d Adrienne Clements

This evening’s service is an ancient rite 

where we begin in darkness. We light a fire outside and bring 

the light of Christ into our lives, symbolized by candles.

In candlelight, we hear stories of God’s saving love for the world.

These stories climax with God raising Jesus from the dead.

Our response is to renew our baptismal vows.

Our worship concludes with the celebration of the Eucharist,

a symbol and reminder of the power of the resurrection. 

The Service of Light

Opening Prayers and Lighting of the FireOutside on the patio.

Book of Alternative Services p.322

Dear friends in Christ, 

on this most holy night, 

when our Lord Jesus Christ passed from death to life, 

the Church invites her children throughout the world 

to come together in vigil and prayer. 

This is the Passover of the Lord. 

We remember his death and resurrection 

by hearing his word and celebrating his mysteries; 

we are confident 

that we shall share his victory over death 

and live with him for ever in God. 

Let us pray. 

Father, 

we share in the light of your glory 

through your Son, the light of the world. 

Sanctify this new fire, and inflame us with new hope. 

Purify our minds by this Easter celebration 

and bring us one day to the feast of eternal light. 

We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Christ Candle is processed in the darkness and you are

invited to light your own candle as we sing the response….

Celebrant:   The Light of Christ.

Response: Thanks be to God.

The Exsultet

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 shining splendour, radiant in 

the brightness of your King! Christ has conquered! 

Glory fills you! Darkness vanishes for ever! 

Rejoice, O Mother Church! Exult in glory! The risen 

Saviour shines upon you! Let this place resound 

with joy, echoing the mighty song of all God’s 

people! 

The Lord be with you. 

People: And also with you. 

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

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

 

Leader: It is truly right that with full hearts and minds and 

voices we should praise the unseen God, the all- 

powerful Father, and his only Son, our Lord Jesus 

Christ. For Christ has ransomed us with his blood, 

and paid for us the price of Adam’s sin to our 

eternal Father! 

This is our passover feast, when Christ, the true 

Lamb, is slain, whose blood consecrates the homes 

of all believers. 

This is the night when first you saved our forebears: 

you freed the people of Israel from their slavery and 

led them dry-shod through the sea. 

This is the night when Christians everywhere, 

washed clean of sin and freed from all defilement, 

are restored to grace and grow together in holiness. 

This is the night when Jesus Christ broke the chains 

of death and rose triumphant from the grave. 

Father, how wonderful your care for us! How 

boundless your merciful love! To ransom a slave 

you gave away your Son. 

The power of this holy night dispels all evil, washes 

guilt away, restores lost innocence, brings 

mourners joy. 

Night truly blessed when heaven is wedded to 

earth and we are reconciled with God! 

Therefore, heavenly Father, in the joy of this night, 

receive our evening sacrifice of praise, your 

Church’s solemn offering. Accept this Easter 

candle. May it always dispel the darkness of this night! 

May the Morning Star which never sets find this 

flame still burning: Christ, that Morning Star, who 

came back from the dead, and shed his peaceful 

light on all creation, your Son who lives and reigns 

for ever and ever. Amen.

The Liturgy of the Word

Dear friends in Christ, by candlelight,

let us now listen attentively to the word of God,

recalling how God saved his people throughout history

and in the fullness of time,

sent his own Son to be our Redeemer.

First Reading                           

A READING FROM THE BOOK OF EXODUS

As Pharaoh drew near, the Israelites looked back, and there were the Egyptians advancing on them. In great fear the Israelites cried out to the Lord. They said to Moses, ‘Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you have taken us away to die in the wilderness? What have you done to us, bringing us out of Egypt? Is this not the very thing we told you in Egypt, “Let us alone and let us serve the Egyptians”? For it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the wilderness.’ But Moses said to the people, ‘Do not be afraid, stand firm, and see the deliverance that the Lord will accomplish for you today; for the Egyptians whom you see today you shall never see again. The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to keep still.’ 

Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Why do you cry out to me? Tell the Israelites to go forward. But you lift up your staff, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it, that the Israelites may go into the sea on dry ground. Then I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians so that they will go in after them; and so I will gain glory for myself over Pharaoh and all his army, his chariots, and his chariot drivers. And the Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord, when I have gained glory for myself over Pharaoh, his chariots, and his chariot drivers.’ 

The angel of God who was going before the Israelite army moved and went behind them; and the pillar of cloud moved from in front of them and took its place behind them. It came between the army of Egypt and the army of Israel. And so the cloud was there with the darkness, and it lit up the night; one did not come near the other all night. 

Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea. The Lord drove the sea back by a strong east wind all night, and turned the sea into dry land; and the waters were divided. The Israelites went into the sea on dry ground, the waters forming a wall for them on their right and on their left. The Egyptians pursued, and went into the sea after them, all of Pharaoh’s horses, chariots, and chariot drivers. At the morning watch the Lord in the pillar of fire and cloud looked down upon the Egyptian army, and threw the Egyptian army into panic. He clogged their chariot wheels so that they turned with difficulty. The Egyptians said, ‘Let us flee from the Israelites, for the Lord is fighting for them against Egypt.’ 

Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Stretch out your hand over the sea, so that the water may come back upon the Egyptians, upon their chariots and chariot drivers.’ So Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and at dawn the sea returned to its normal depth. As the Egyptians fled before it, the Lord tossed the Egyptians into the sea. The waters returned and covered the chariots and the chariot drivers, the entire army of Pharaoh that had followed them into the sea; not one of them remained. But the Israelites walked on dry ground through the sea, the waters forming a wall for them on their right and on their left. 

Thus the Lord saved Israel that day from the Egyptians; and Israel saw the Egyptians dead on the seashore. Israel saw the great work that the Lord did against the Egyptians. So the people feared the Lord and believed in the Lord and in his servant Moses. 

Then Moses and the Israelites sang this song to the Lord:
‘I will sing to the Lord, for he has triumphed gloriously;
horse and rider he has thrown into the sea. EXODUS 14:10-31; 15:20-21

THE WORD OF THE LORD.

Thanks be to God.                       

CANTICLE 1: “THE SONG OF MOSES” (EXODUS 15:1B-13, 17-18)

Read responsively by half verse.

I will sing to the Lord for His glorious triumph;

the horse and the rider he has hurled into the sea.
The Lord has become my strength and refuge;

the Lord himself has become my saviour.

He is my God and I will praise him;

my father’s God and I will exalt him.
The Lord himself is a mighty warrior;

the Lord, the Lord is his name. 

Your right hand, O Lord, is majestic in power;

your right hand, O Lord, shatters the enemy.

Who is like you, O Lord, among the gods,

holy, awesome, worker of wonders?

In steadfast love you led your people,

you guided your redeemed with your great strength.

You brought them in safety to your holy place,

and planted them firm on your own mountain.

You brought them into your own house.

The Lord shall reign for ever and ever.

Prayer               (#4  Book of Alternative Services p.326)

God of steadfast love,

your wonderful deeds of old shine forth even to our own day.

By the power of your mighty arm

you once delivered your chosen people

from slavery under Pharaoh,

to be the sign for us of the salvation of all nations

by the water of baptism.

Grant that all the peoples of the earth

may be numbered among the offspring of Abraham,

and rejoice in the inheritance of Israel.

We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Second Reading

A READING FROM THE BOOK OF ISAIAH

For your Maker is your husband—the Lord Almighty is his name—the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer; he is called the God of all the earth. The Lord will call you back as if you were a wife deserted and distressed in spirit—a wife who married young, only to be rejected,” says your God. “For a brief moment I abandoned you, but with deep compassion I will bring you back. In a surge of anger I hid my face from you for a moment, but with everlasting kindness I will have compassion on you,” says the Lord your Redeemer. “To me this is like the days of Noah, when I swore that the waters of Noah would never again cover the earth. So now I have sworn not to be angry with you, never to rebuke you again. Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the Lord, who has compassion on you. “Afflicted city, lashed by storms and not comforted, I will rebuild you with stones of turquoise, your foundations with lapis lazuli. I will make your battlements of rubies, your gates of sparkling jewels, and all your walls of precious stones. All your children will be taught by the Lord, and great will be their peace.  In righteousness you will be established: Tyranny will be far from you; you will have nothing to fear. Terror will be far removed; it will not come near you. ISAIAH 54:5-14

THE WORD OF THE LORD.

Thanks be to God.     

PSALM 30 —                     

Read responsively by half verse.

I will exalt you, O Lord, because you have lifted me up  

and have not let my enemies triumph over me.

O Lord my God, I cried out to you,  

and you restored me to health.

You brought me up, O Lord, from the dead;  

you restored my life as I was going down to the grave. 

Sing to the Lord, you servants of his;  

give thanks for the remembrance of his holiness.

For his wrath endures but the twinkling of an eye,  

his favour for a lifetime.

Weeping may spend the night, 

but joy comes in the morning.

While I felt secure, I said, “I shall never be disturbed.  

You, Lord, with your favour,
made me as strong as the mountains.”

Then you hid your face,  

and I was filled with fear.  

I cried to you, O Lord;  

I pleaded with the Lord, saying

“What profit is there in my blood, if I go down to the Pit?  

will the dust praise you or declare your faithfulness?

Hear, O Lord, and have mercy upon me;  

O Lord, be my helper.”

You have turned my wailing into dancing;  

you have put off my sack-cloth and clothed me with joy.

Therefore my heart sings to you without ceasing;  

O Lord my God, I will give you thanks for ever

Prayer       Book of Alternative Services p.327

O God,

you lead your ancient people

in a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night.

Grant that we who serve you now on earth,

may come to the joy of that heavenly Jerusalem,

where you wipe away all tears,

and where your saints for ever sing your praise.

Grant this through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Third Reading                    

A READING FROM THE BOOK OF ZEPHANIAH

Sing aloud, O daughter Zion; shout, O Israel! Rejoice and exult with all your heart, O daughter Jerusalem! The Lord has taken away the judgements against you, he has turned away your enemies. The king of Israel, the Lord, is in your midst; you shall fear disaster no more. On that day it shall be said to Jerusalem: Do not fear, O Zion; do not let your hands grow weak. The Lord, your God, is in your midst, a warrior who gives victory; he will rejoice over you with gladness, he will renew you in his love; he will exult over you with loud singing as on a day of festival. I will remove disaster from you, so that you will not bear reproach for it. I will deal with all your oppressors at that time. And I will save the lame and gather the outcast, and I will change their shame into praise and renown in all the earth. At that time I will bring you home, at the time when I gather you; for I will make you renowned and praised among all the peoples of the earth, when I restore your fortunes before your eyes, says the Lord. ZEPHANIAH 3:14-20

THE WORD OF THE LORD.

Thanks be to God.

PSALM 98 

                    Read responsively by half verse.

Sing to the Lord a new song,

for he has done marvellous things. 

With his right hand and his holy arm

has he won for himself the victory

The Lord has made known his victory;

his righteousness has he openly shown
in the sight of the nations

He remembers his mercy and faithfulness to the house of Israel,

and all the ends of the earth have seen the

victory of our God.

Shout with joy to the Lord, all you lands;

lift up your voice, rejoice, and sing

Sing to the Lord with the harp,

with the harp and the voice of song.

With trumpets and the sound of the horn

shout with joy before the King, the Lord

Let the sea make a noise and all that is in it,

the lands and those who dwell therein.

Let the rivers clap their hands,

and let the hills ring out with joy before the Lord,

when he comes to judge the earth. 

In righteousness shall he judge the world

and the peoples with equity.

Please extinguish your candles.

Prayer (#10 – Book of Alternative Services p.328)

O God of unchangeable power and eternal light,

look favourably on your whole Church,

that wonderful and sacred mystery.

By the effectual working of your providence,

carry out in tranquility the plan of salvation.

Let the whole world see and know

that things which were cast down are being raised up,

and things which had grown old are being made new,

and that all things are being brought to their perfection

by him through whom all things were made,

your Son Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

The lights are turned on and the Cross is unveiled.

Organ fanfare, bells and noise-makers are rung in celebration!

Celebrant: Alleluia! Christ is risen.

People: The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia!

Celebrant: May his grace and peace be with you.

People: May he fill our hearts with joy.

The Collect for Easter Vigil

Eternal Giver of life and light,

this holy night shines with the radiance of the risen Christ.

Renew your Church with the Spirit given to us in baptism,

that we may worship you in sincerity and truth,

and shine as a light in the world;

through Jesus Christ our Lord,

who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and forever.  Amen.

Epistle Reading

A READING FROM THE LETTER OF PAUL TO THE ROMANS

Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? Therefore we have been buried with him by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. We know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be destroyed, and we might no longer be enslaved to sin. For whoever has died is freed from sin. But if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. The death 

he died, he died to sin, once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus. ROMANS 6:3-11

THE WORD OF THE LORD.

Thanks be to God.

PSALM 114

                    Read responsively by half verse.

Hallelujah! When Israel came out of Egypt, 

the house of Jacob from a people of strange speech,

Judah became God’s sanctuary  

and Israel his dominion.

The sea beheld it and fled;  

Jordan turned and went back.

The mountains skipped like rams,  

and the little hills like young sheep.

What ailed you, O sea, that you fled?  

O Jordan, that you turned back?

You mountains, that you skipped like rams?  

you little hills like young sheep?

Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord,  

at the presence of the God of Jacob.

Who turned the hard rock into a pool of water  

and flint-stone into a flowing spring.

THE LORD BE WITH YOU

And also with you.

THE HOLY GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST ACCORDING TO MATTHEW

Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

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.”

                                                                               MATTHEW 28:1-10

THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST.

Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.     

Sermon Easter Vigil

Let the words of my mouth and the mediations of our hearts be acceptable in your site, O Lord our strength and our Redeemer. 

Amen

Very early on the first Easter morning, the women came to the tomb with spices to anoint Jesus’ body. They found the stone rolled away so they entered the tomb, but they did not find Jesus’ body. Two angels in clothes that gleamed like lightning appeared and the women bowed down in fear, looking at the ground. Then the angels asked, “Why do you look for the living among the dead?” 

That’s a very good question. 

For the women, this must have been a surprising question. They had gone to the tomb to attend to Jesus’ body. They had served their Lord during his earthly life. Now they would do one last act of service for Jesus. They had witnessed his death. They knew there had been no time for a proper burial. So, they came with spices to complete the burial rites. Their beloved Lord was dead. They could at least perform this one last act of love for him. Their hearts must have been heavy. 

They must have thought their life with their Lord was over. His call to follow had been irresistible. Serving him was like no other service they had known. But now he lay lifeless in a tomb. They had known perfect love in Jesus, and the world had killed him. 

But something amazing happened when they reach the tomb. When they arrived at the tomb, they entered into the place of their deepest and darkest fears. They enter the very place of death. And, found nothing.

We are told that they were perplexed when they did not find the body, where was it?  Could someone have stolen it? But the angels tell them that this is not the end of the story. They say, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be handed over to sinners, and be crucified, and on the third day rise again.”

Why are you looking for the living among the dead? 

Archbishop Rowan Williams writes that “the empty tomb does not signify absence but presence, it announces the Resurrected One’s presence on the road ahead.”   Now there is new life, resurrection life ahead. They are free to stand up, go forth, and boldly proclaim that God’s life is stronger than any death, that God’s love is stronger than any hate, that God’s peace is more powerful than human violence, that Jesus Christ has been raised from the dead and is alive.

Why are you looking for the living among the dead? 

The good news of Easter is that Jesus Christ, who was crucified, has been raised from the dead. This resurrection changes everything. Cruelty is not the last word. Sin and evil are not the ultimate powers of the universe. Death does not get the final laugh. Forgiveness and love and life are the final realities of the world. The power of God is stronger than any tomb.  

New life is possible, here, now, today. We can live new lives, here and now, by the power of the resurrection. 

The empty tomb offers hope, a new future.

The women eventually got over their terror and started living the resurrection in their lives. We can too. We can stop looking for the living among the dead. The good news of Easter is that it is not just about Jesus but also about us. Jesus is alive and has gone ahead to prepare a way for us, and because of this, we can also claim our new life here and now, and move confidently into the future. 

We can claim the new lease on life that is given to us in the risen Christ, we can claim our second chance, we can forgive what is past, and we can get on with living the abundant life our risen Lord promises to us. 

Jesus Christ is risen from the dead. He is alive. He has gone ahead of us to prepare a place for us. He promises to meet us there. 

Alleluia! Christ is risen. The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia!

The Renewal of Baptismal Vows       Book of Alternative Services p. 330

Celebrant Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. 

People It is right to give our thanks and praise. 

Celebrant We thank you, Almighty God, for the gift of water. 

Over water the Holy Spirit moved in the beginning 

of creation. Through water you led the children of 

Israel out of their bondage in Egypt into the land of 

promise. In water your Son Jesus received the 

baptism of John and was anointed by the Holy 

Spirit as the Messiah, the Christ, to lead us, 

through his death and resurrection, from the 

bondage of sin into everlasting life. 

We thank you, Father, for the water of baptism. In 

it we are buried with Christ in his death. By it we 

share in his resurrection. Through it we are reborn 

by the Holy Spirit. Therefore in joyful obedience to 

your Son, we celebrate our fellowship in him in faith. 

We pray that all who have passed through the water 

of baptism may continue for ever in the risen life of 

Jesus Christ our Saviour. 

To him, to you, and to the Holy Spirit, be all honour 

and glory, now and for ever. Amen

Dear friends, 

through the paschal mystery 

we have been buried with Christ in baptism, 

so that we may rise with him to a new life. 

Now that our Lenten observance is ended,

let us renew the promises we made in baptism, 

when we rejected Satan and all his works, 

and promised to serve God faithfully in his holy catholic Church.

Celebrant Do you reaffirm your renunciation of evil 

and renew your commitment to Jesus Christ? 

People I do. 

Celebrant Do you believe in God the Father? 

People I believe in God, 

the Father almighty, 

creator of heaven and earth. 

Celebrant Do you believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God? 

People I believe in Jesus Christ, 

his only Son, our Lord. 

He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit 

and born of the Virgin Mary. 

He suffered under Pontius Pilate, 

was crucified, died, and was buried. 

He descended to the dead. 

On the third day he rose again. 

He ascended into heaven, 

and is seated at the right hand of the Father. 

He will come again 

to judge the living and the dead

Celebrant Do you believe in God the Holy Spirit? 

People I believe in the Holy Spirit, 

the holy catholic Church, 

the communion of saints,

the forgiveness of sins, 

the resurrection of the body, 

and the life everlasting. 

Celebrant Will you continue in the apostles’ teaching and 

fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in the 

prayers? 

People I will, with God’s help. 

Celebrant Will you persevere in resisting evil and, whenever 

you fall into sin, repent and return to the Lord? 

People I will, with God’s help.

Celebrant  Will you proclaim by word and example the good 

news of God in Christ? 

People  I will, with God’s help. 

Celebrant  Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving 

your neighbour as yourself? 

People  I will, with God’s help. 

Celebrant  Will you strive for justice and peace among all 

people, and respect the dignity of every human being? 

People  I will, with God’s help. 

Celebrant Will you strive to safeguard the integrity of God’s 

creation, and respect, sustain and renew the life of  

the Earth? 

People  I will, with God’s help. 

Celebrant God the creator, the rock of our salvation, 

has given us new birth by water and the Holy Spirit, 

and bestowed upon us the forgiveness of sins, 

through our Lord Jesus Christ. 

May he keep us faithful to our calling, 

now and for ever. Amen.

The Sprinkling Rite

The Peace

We exchange a sign of God’s Peace with one another.

The Celebration of the Eucharist

Prayer over the Gifts

God of life and health,

accept the offering of your holy people,

and grant that we who are baptized into Christ

may be perfected in your salvation,

in the name of Jesus Christ the risen Lord.  Amen.

Eucharistic Prayer #2         Book of Alternative Services p.196

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 our thanks and praise.

Celebrant: Eternal God, Source of all being,

we give you thanks and praise

for your faithful love.

You call us into friendship

with you and one another

to be your holy people,

a sign of your presence in the world.

When those we trust betray us,

unfailingly you remain with us.

When we injure others,

you confront us in your love

and call us to the paths of righteousness.

You stand with the weak,

and those, broken and alone,

whom you have always welcomed home,

making the first last, and the last first.

Therefore we raise our voices

with angels and archangels,

forever praising you and saying (singing):

People: Holy, holy, holy Lord,

God of power and might,

heaven and earth are full of your glory.

Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is the One who comes in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna in the highest.

Celebrant: Blessed are you, O Holy One:

when Hagar was driven into the wilderness

you followed her and gave her hope.

When Joseph was sold into bondage,

you turned malice to your people’s good.

When you called Israel out of slavery,

you brought them through the wilderness

into the promised land.

When your people were taken into exile

you wept with them by the river of Babylon

and carried them home.

People: Restore us, O God, let your face shine!

Celebrant: At the right time you sent your Anointed One

to stand with the poor,

the outcast, and the oppressed.

Jesus touched lepers, and the sick, and healed them.

He accepted water from a woman of Samaria

and offered her the water of new life.

Christ knew the desolation of the cross

and opened the way for all humanity

into the redemption of your reconciling love.

On the night he was betrayed,

Jesus, at supper with his friends,

took bread, gave you thanks, broke the bread,

gave it to them, and said, “Take and 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,

and when he had given thanks,

he gave it to them,

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.”

Loving and Holy One,

recalling Christ’s death and resurrection,

we offer you these gifts,

longing for the bread of tomorrow

and the wine of the age to come.

Therefore we proclaim our hope.

People: Dying you destroyed our death,

rising you restored our life.

Lord Jesus, come in glory.

Celebrant: Pour out your Spirit on these gifts

that through them you may sustain us

in our hunger for your peace.

We hold before you

all whose lives are marked by suffering,

our sisters and brothers.

When we are broken and cast aside,

embrace us in your love.

People: Restore us, O God, let your face shine!

Celebrant: Through Christ, with Christ, and in Christ

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

all honour and glory are yours,

O Source of all life,

now and forever.

People: Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer         Book of Alternative Services p.211

Celebrant: As our Saviour taught us, let us pray, 

All: Our Father in heaven, 

hallowed be your name, 

your kingdom come, 

your will be done, 

on earth as in heaven. 

Give us today our daily bread. 

Forgive us our sins 

as we forgive those who sin against us. 

Save us from the time of trial, 

and deliver us from evil. 

For the kingdom, the power, 

and the glory are yours, 

      now and for ever. Amen

Breaking of the Bread

Priest: Lord, we died with you on the cross.

People: Now we are raised to new life.

Priest: We were buried in your tomb.

People: Now we share in your resurrection.

Priest: Live in us, that we may live in you.

Priest: Alleluia!  Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us;

People: Therefore let us keep the feast, Alleluia!

Priest: These are the gifts of God, for you the holy

people of God.

People: Thanks be to God!

Agnus Dei

Jesus, Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world: have mercy on us.    (sung twice)

Jesus, Lamb of God; you take away the sins of the world: grant us peace.  

Sharing of Communion

All who seek to serve Christ are welcome to receive
the sacrament of bread and wine as a reminder of your baptism,
or you may come forward for a blessing.

If you require a gluten free wafer please indicate this when you come up for Communion.

Going Out Into the World

Prayer after Communion

Priest: Giver of all,

we are nourished with your Easter sacraments.

Fill us with the Spirit of love, and unite us in faith,

that we may be witnesses to the resurrection

and show your glory to all the world,

in the name of Jesus Christ the risen Lord.  Amen.

The Doxology

       Priest: Glory to God,

       People: whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more 

than we can ask or imagine.

glory to God from generation to 

generation, in the church and in

Christ Jesus, for ever and ever.  Amen.

The Blessing

Dismissal: Leader:  Go forth in peace, to love and serve the Lord.

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

People: Thanks be to God!

Alleluia!  Alleluia! Alleluia!

Please join our Easter Sunday celebrations tomorrow!

Ministering Today

Lay Reader  

Servers

Lectors

Chalice Bearers

Table Setter

Greeters

Door Closer               

Our acknowledgement of shared land

St Hilary’s Church is located on the historical territory of the Wendat, Seneca, and, most recently, the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nations. The territory is covered by the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, an agreement between the Haudenosaunee and the Ojibwe and allied nations to peacefully share and care for the lands and resources around the Great Lakes. Today the Greater Toronto Area is the home of many indigenous peoples from across Turtle Island and we are grateful to have the opportunity to worship in this territory.

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Visit our website at:  www.sthilarys.com

Church Office: 2055 Hurontario St., Mississauga, ON.  L5A 2E6 

sthilarycooksville@toronto.anglican.ca 905-279-2304

Priest: The Rev’d Adrienne Clements 905-279-2304 (W)

Email: adrienne.clements.987@gmail.com 647-539-3727 (C)

Community Counsellor: Deborah Birkett                                   289-382-9103    

                                                 Email: deborah@sanctuarypsychotherapy.ca 

Youth Ministry Apprentice:  Alina Roscoe                   647-391-2201

                       Email:  aliros432@gmail.com 

Rector’s Warden: Sharon Andrew, 

People’s Warden: Hilary Ottley, Deputy People’s Warden:  Claude Ho