Easter Holy Communion Alleluia! Christ is risen.

He is risen indeed. Alleluia!

This is the day when our Lord Jesus Christ passed from death to life. Throughout the world Christians celebrate the awesome power of God. As we hear his word and proclaim all that God has done, we can be confident that we shall share his victory over death and live with him forever.

May the light of Christ, rising in glory, banish all darkness from our hearts and minds. The light of Christ.

Thanks be to God.


Christ our passover lamb has been sacrificed for us. Let us therefore rejoice by putting away all malice and evil and confessing our sins with a sincere and true


(1 Corinthians 5.7-8) ... and there follows a time for silent reflection on our lives before God.

Lord Jesus, you came to gather the nations into the peace of your kingdom: Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

You come in word and sacrament to strengthen us in holiness: Christ, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.

You will come in glory
with salvation for your people: Lord, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

The president announces God’s forgiveness with these words:

May the God of love and power
forgive you and free you from your sins, heal and strengthen you by his Spirit,
and raise you to new life in Christ our Lord.

The Gloria

Glory to God in the highest,
and peace to his people on earth.
Lord God, heavenly King,
almighty God and Father,
we worship you, we give you thanks,
we praise you for your glory.
Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father,
Lord God, Lamb of God,
you take away the sin of the world:
have mercy on us;
you are seated at the right hand of the Father: receive our prayer.
For you alone are the Holy One,
you alone are the Lord,
you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit,
in the glory of God the Father.




The Liturgy of the Word

A Reading from.....

This is the word of the Lord

Thanks be to God

The Gospel Reading

Alleluia, alleluia. I am the first and the last, says the Lord, and the living one;
I was dead, and behold I am alive for evermore.

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, according to N. Alleluia, alleluia.

Glory to you, O Lord. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!


At the end:

This is the Gospel of the Lord. Alleluia, alleluia!
Praise to you, O Christ.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

The Sermon

Affirmation of Faith
Let us declare our faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.

Christ died for our sins
in accordance with the Scriptures; Alleluia! Christ is risen.

He is risen indeed. Alleluia!

he was buried;
he was raised to life on the third day

in accordance with the Scriptures; Alleluia! Christ is risen.
He is risen indeed. Alleluia!

afterwards he appeared to his followers, and to all the apostles:
Alleluia! Christ is risen.

He is risen indeed. Alleluia!

This we have received, and this we believe.
Amen. (1 Corinthians 15.3—7)

Prayers of Intercession

This response may be used:

Lord, in your mercy

hear our prayer.

And at the end this may be prayed:

Merciful Father,

accept these prayers
for the sake of your Son,
our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

The Peace

The risen Christ came and stood among his disciples and said, 'Peace be with you.' Then were they glad when they saw the Lord. Alleluia!

(John 20.19,20)
The peace of the Lord be always with you

and also with you.

Let us offer one another a sign of Christ’s peace.

Be present, be present,

Lord Jesus Christ, our risen high priest;

make yourself known in the breaking of bread. Amen.

The Eucharistic Prayer

The Lord is here

His Spirit is with us.

Lift up your hearts.

We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give thanks and praise.

Holy, Holy, Holy

It is always right to give you thanks, God our Creator,
loving and faithful, holy and strong.

You made us and the whole universe, and filled your world with life.

Holy, Holy, Holy

You sent your Son to live among us,

Jesus our Saviour, Mary's child.

He suffered on the cross;
he died to save us from our sins; he rose in glory from the dead.

Holy, Holy, Holy

You send your Spirit
to bring new life to the world,
and clothe us with power from on high.

And so we join the angels to celebrate and sing:

Holy, holy, holy Lord,
God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest.

Father, on the night before he died, Jesus shared a meal with his friends.

He took the bread, and thanked you.
He broke it, and gave it to them, saying:

Take and eat; this is my body, given for you. Do this to remember me.

After the meal, Jesus took the cup of wine. He thanked you, and gave it to them, saying: Drink this, all of you.
This is my blood,
the new promise of God's unfailing love.
Do this to remember me.

Jesus Christ has died.

Jesus Christ has died.

Jesus Christ is risen.

Jesus Christ is risen.

Jesus Christ will come again.

Jesus Christ will come again.

Father, as we bring this bread and wine, and remember his death and resurrection, send your Holy Spirit,
that we who share these gifts
may be fed by Christ's body and his blood.

Amen, Amen, Amen.

Pour your Spirit on us
that we may love one another, work for the healing of the earth, and share the good news of Jesus, as we wait for his coming in glory.

Amen, Amen, Amen.

For honour and praise belong to you, Father, with Jesus your Son, and the Holy Spirit:
one God, for ever and ever.

Amen, Amen, Amen.

The Lord's Prayer

As our Saviour taught us, we are bold to pray:

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,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever.


The Breaking of the Bread

We break this bread
to share in the body of Christ.

Though we are many, we are one body, because we all share in one bread.

Lamb of God,
you take away the sin of the world, have mercy on us.

Lamb of God,
you take away the sin of the world, have mercy on us.

Lamb of God,
you take away the sin of the world, grant us peace.


Alleluia! Christ our passover is sacrificed for us.

Therefore let us keep the feast. Alleluia!

A Prayer of Spiritual Communion

Lord Jesus, I believe that you are present in the Blessed Sacrament. I love you above all things and I desire you in my soul. Since I cannot receive you now sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my soul. As though you were already there, I embrace you and unite myself wholly to you; permit not that I should ever be separated from you. Amen

Prayer after Communion

God of Life,
who for our redemption
gave your only-begotten Son to the death of the cross, and by his glorious resurrection have 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 risen life;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.


The Blessing

Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

He has given us new life and hope by raising Jesus from the dead.

God has claimed us as his own.

He has brought us out of darkness. He has made us light to the world.

Alleluia! Christ is risen!

He is risen indeed! Alleluia!

The God of peace,
who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep,
through the blood of the eternal covenant,
make you perfect in every good work
to do his will, working in you

that which is well-pleasing in his sight;
and the blessing of God Almighty Father, Son & Holy Spirit

be among you and remain with you always. Amen

The Sending
Go in the peace of Christ. Alleluia, alleluia!

Thanks be to God. Alleluia, alleluia!

© Archbishops' Council 2011