Easter at Holy Communion

Easter is the most important feast in the Christian year. At Holy Communion we welcome all people to join us in the celebration.

We have two services on Easter Sunday, a simple spoken service at 8am, and a Festival service with music at 10:30am. Both include an Easter sermon by the rector. This post focuses on the 10:30 service.

We begin in darkness. Just as the Easter Vigil the night before, the service begins with the Exsultet, the cantor telling us in the darkness about how Christ’s light came into the world from the very beginning. When the ancient chant has ended, the candles on the altar are lit as the lights come up in the church. The organ and brass play a fanfare and we begin our opening hymn: “Jesus Christ is Risen today.” The joy is palpable.

The service continues with the reading of scripture, and the proclamation of the Easter Gospel. After the rector’s sermon we pray for the world, and celebrate the Lord’s Supper. All are welcome to receive Communion at Holy Communion. Our Post-Communion prayer is Handel’sĀ Hallelujah Chorus. Then the celebrant blesses the people and we march out to our final hymn.

After the 10:30am service, all children are invited to participate in an egg hunt on the parish lawn. It’s great fun each year.