Easter Sunday 2014

April 20, 2014 at 4:01 am
The Resurrection, Andrea Mantegna, 1459

The Resurrection, Andrea Mantegna, 1459

“Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.”
“Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God, through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

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Lectionary for Easter Day

8 am Said Holy Communion

10:30 am Procession & Choral Holy Communion

On Easter morning, we gather in joyous celebration of the Christian “Feast of Feasts”. Through his death and resurrection, Jesus has brought us out of the darkness and sorrow of sin into the glorious light of his redeeming love.

In Sunday School, along with their lesson, the children will decorate Easter Eggs, and take part in Easter activities. All children are welcome. A few parishioners will be on duty in the nursery downstairs at the back of the church, where infants and toddlers may be cared for during the service.

Almighty God, who through thine only-begotten Son Jesus Christ hast overcome death, and opened unto us the gate of everlasting life: We humbly beseech thee, that as by thy special grace thou dost put into our minds good desires, so by thy continual help we may bring the same to good effect; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

Holy Saturday

April 19, 2014 at 4:15 pm

10 am Morning Prayer & Ante-Communion

We do not receive Holy Communion during the day. This is the real Sabbath, or “Day of Rest,” as Jesus lies in the tomb. This is our annual corporate service for the Altar Guild, but all parishioners are encouraged to attend. Following the service, we gather as a parish to clean, wash, scrub and polish, to make ready for our Easter celebration.

Come and lend a hand! Children can help too!

 

10:30 pm The Easter Vigil & First Mass of Easter

The Easter Vigil is a very ancient and moving celebration of the Christian Church. At the beginning of the service, a homily will help us to focus our thought and prayers. The lights are then extinguished, and the Vigil continues. We begin in darkness and move into light, just as the long night of sin and death is brought to an end by the Resurrection – the rising of the True Sun, Jesus Christ. The service begins with the lighting and blessing of the ‘New Fire’: “Sanctify this new fire, and inflame us with a new hope; in this paschal feast may we so burn with heavenly desires, that we may attain to the feast of eternal light.” The priest then takes the great Paschal Candle, traces the cross in its wax, adorns it with Alpha and Omega, adds the current year, and five grains of incense for the five wounds suffered by Our Lord. The Paschal Candle is lit from the New Fire and becomes the focal point of our praise – an eloquent symbol of the risen Saviour. In procession, the Deacon carries the great candle up the aisle through the darkened church. Our hand candles are lit. The light spreads. At the front of the church, the Exsultet, an ancient and beautiful chant, is sung. Its theme is the overcoming of the darkness of this world by the light of Christ. It summons all creation to rejoice.

Next, four readings from the Old Testament help us to recall God’s mighty acts in ancient times and these prophecies foster our own sense of hope and anticipation of the coming Messiah. We listen to the Creation story, and the story of the People of Israel escaping from Egypt through the Red Sea on their way to the Promised Land. Following the Old Testament readings, we renew our Baptismal vows, thinking of St. Paul’s words describing Baptism as “a burial with Christ and a rising with him to new life.” (Sometimes a Baptism takes place at this point.)

Finally, the church and the Altar are dressed gloriously for this Queen of Seasons, and the First Eucharist of Easter is celebrated in the early hours of the morning with great joy.

Good Friday

April 18, 2014 at 12:01 am
Detail from Crucifixion, Pietro Cavallini, from San Domenico Maggiore in Naples,  1308

Detail from Crucifixion, Pietro Cavallini, from San Domenico Maggiore in Naples, 1308

7:30 am Morning Prayer & Mass of the Pre-Sanctified

Sanctified bread from last evening’s worship has been on the Altar of Repose throughout the night vigil. This is the consecrated bread which will be consumed at the Mass of the Pre-Sanctified (there will be no consecration today).

10 am Stations of the Cross

(especially suitable for children and families but all are welcome )

The Stations are a series of fourteen pictures, designed for devotional purposes, which show significant incidents in the last journey of Christ, from Pilate’s house to his tomb. This is a very common, powerful and universal Christian devotion, especially popular during Lent and Passiontide. It is the custom to visit the Stations in order, praying and meditating on each event in Our Lord’s journey to his death. All who attend this service are encouraged to participate in this simple and dramatic representation of the “Via Dolorosa”, or Way of Suffering. At the end of the service, the children prepare a table top tomb in an Easter garden and roll a stone across the mouth of the cave.

12-3 pm The Three Hour Service

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Poems for Good Friday (pdf)

Today we gather to remember the sacrifice that Our Lord Jesus Christ made for us and for the whole world. We hope that everyone will come for all or part of this service. The beautiful music sung by our choir and the hymns in which we will all join reflect the solemnity of this holy day, interwoven with meditations on the last words of Chris.

Dr. John Baxter, our Good Friday preacher, is a Professor in the English Department at Dalhousie University, with a particular interest in Renaissance Poetry, Shakespearean Drama, and the tradition of Literary and Rhetorical Theory descending from Aristotle. His current project is a book-length study with the working title Shakespeare and the Name of Action.  Some parishioners may recollect his fine Good Friday addresses delivered here at St. George’s in Lent 2008, as well as his splendid sermon series, “Perilous Stuff: Poems of Religious Meditation” at Sunday Choral Evensongs during Lent 2006.  He was subsequently awarded the Joseph M. Schwartz Memorial Essay Prize for this Evensong Sermon Series.

Moments of silent meditation are provided throughout the service. (If you are arriving or leaving during the service, please do so quietly and during the singing of hymns, if possible. Please use the Brunswick Street entrance unless you are unable to climb the stairs.)