Easter Season 2021




A minister lights the Paschal Candle and says:


Alleluia. Christ is risen

He is risen indeed! Alleluia!


Words of welcome and introduction may be shared by the President and then:


Christ yesterday and today,

the beginning and the end,

Alpha and Omega, all time belongs to him, and all ages;

to him be glory and power, through every age and for ever.  Amen.



A minister invites us to confession e.g.

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 heart.    

                                  (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


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.




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.  Amen


The Collect


The Ministry of the Word



We SIT for a reading from Scripture


At the end

    This is the word of the Lord

    Thanks be to God


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.

(cf Revelation 1.17,18)



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

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


The Creed



Let us declare our faith in the resurrection oof our Lord Jesus Christ.


Christ died for our sins

In accordance with the Scriptures


He was buried

In accordance with the Scriptures


Afterwards he appeared to his followers,

And to all the apostles

This we have received,

And this we believe.  Amen

(1 Corinthians 15.3-7)


Do you believe and trust in God the Father?

I believe in God, the Father Almighty,

Creator of heaven and earth.


Do you believe and trust in his Son Jesus Christ?

I believe in Jesus Christ

His only Son, our Lord

who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,

Born of the Virgin Mary,

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,

He is seated at the right hand

Of the Father,

And he will come to judge the living

And the dead.


Do you believe and trust in the Holy Spirit?

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. Amen


Prayers of Intercession


We SIT (or kneel) to pray.

One of these responses us used


Lord in your mercy

Hear our prayer



Lord hear us.

Lord graciously hear us


And at the end


Merciful Father,

Accept these prayers

For the sake of your Son,

Our Saviour Jeesus Christ. Amen.


The Peace


We STAND. The president introduces 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.


A minister says:


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



Taking of the Bread and Wine

The presiding minister receives the people’s offerings and prays:


Be present, be present,

Lord Jesus Christ, our risen high priest;

make yourself known in the breaking of bread. Amen.




Eucharistic Prayer (H)


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.  


It is right to praise you, Father,

Lord of all creation;

in your love you made us for yourself.

When we turned away you did not reject us,

but came to meet us in your Son.

You embraced us as your children

and welcomed us to sit and eat with you.


In Christ you shared our life

that we might live in him and he in us.

He opened his arms of love upon and gave you thanks;

he broke it and gave it to them, saying:


Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you;

do this in remembrance of me.

Father, we do this in remembrance of him:

his body is the bread of life.


At the end of supper,

taking the cup of wine,

he gave you thanks, and said:


Drink this, all of you;

this is my blood of the new covenant,

which is shed for you for the forgiveness of sins;

do this in remembrance of me.

Father, we do this in remembrance of him:

his blood is shed for all.


As we proclaim his death

and celebrate his rising in glory, send your Holy Spirit

that this bread and this wine

may be to us the body and blood

of your dear Son.      

As we eat and drink these holy gifts

make us one in Christ, our risen Lord.



With your whole Church throughout the world

we offer you this sacrifice of praise

and lift our voice to join

the eternal song of heaven:

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, Heaven and earth are full of your glory.

Hosanna in the highest.

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. Amen.


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. 


The Agnus Dei


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.                                   




 A Prayer of Spiritual Communion  

(for those joining in at home)


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


Giving of Communion


Alleluia! Christ our passover is sacrificed for us. Therefore let us keep the feast. Alleluia!

Prayer after Communion


Then we all may pray


You have opened to us the scriptures, O Christ

And you have made yourself known

in the breaking of the bread.

Abide with us, we pray.

that , blessed by your royal presence,

we may walk with you

all the days of our life,

and at its end

behold you

in the glory of the eternal Trinity,

one God forever and ever. Amen


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.


May Christ who out of defeat brings new hope and a new future fill you with his new life

And the blessing of God Almighty, Father, Son and Holy Spirit be with you and remain with you always



The Dismissal



Go in the peace of Christ. Alleluia, alleluia.

Thanks be to God. Alleluia, alleluia.


© Archbishops' Council 2011