Praying Sunday of the Resurrection

Live-Streaming Worship

Join us for live-streaming worship on Easter Sunday:
4:30 am – The Great Vigil of Easter
4:00 pm – Evening Prayer

All services stream at SSJE.org/chapel, or on the Friends of SSJE Facebook page.

"The Exsultet, our Easter hymn of ecstatic gratitude, proclaims what God has done for us, as kairos, the eternal now, breaks into chronos, the old world’s passing away. We make anamnesis, remembrance, renewing the promises and vows of Holy Baptism and feeding anew on the Body and Blood of the Risen One. The Exsultet becomes the joyful angel calling us from the tomb, proclaiming our share in Christ’s glorious resurrection, and singing of the light kindled in us, which shall never be extinguished." – Br. Jonathan Maury

The Great Vigil of Easter is the most solemn and ancient liturgy of the entire year.  It is the culmination of Lent and Holy Week, and the Triduum.

Ring the bells!  Worshippers at the Great Vigil of Easter ring handbells as we sing God’s Paschal Lamb at the beginning of the first Eucharist of Easter and during the singing of Jesus Christ is Risen Today. The tradition of silencing church bells on Maundy Thursday and ringing them again on Easter Day likely reflects an even more ancient custom of keeping silence before a spring equinox or a winter solstice, then celebrating it with a joyous celebration of light and sound announcing that the darkness has fled and that new life is coming back into the world. We know that this is true on Easter Day.

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

Audio:

Sermons:

  • "Bestowing Life" – Br. James Koester
    In the midst of an Easter that feels unlike any we have known, Br. James Koester celebrates the truth that remains: Jesus Christ is risen from the dead!
  • "Resurrection Knowing" – Br. Keith Nelson
    On Easter morning, Br. Keith Nelson evokes the power of resurrection knowing, which implausibly, illogically, mysteriously, tangibly, palpably, materially, personally, lovingly, victoriously prepares us to sing into the mouth of the grave, "Alleluia."
  • "Prisoners of Hope" – Br. James Koester
    Br. James Koester celebrates how the life and love of God, through the resurrection of Jesus, can shatter our chains, and set us free.
  • "Calling by Name" – Br. Luke Ditewig
    God comes to us when we are face-first with death. On Easter Sunday, Br. Luke Ditewig encourages us to look back to remember, look up to give thanks, and look forward in hope, to claim Jesus' resurrection power over all that is killing us in this life.
  • "Ring Your Bells!" – Br. James Koester
    We experience Holy Week, not just with our minds but in our bodies. Br. James Koester invites us to recognize not just the aches and pains and grip of fear that Holy Week can evoke, but also the resurrection of Jesus, surging like an electric flash in our bodies.
  • "Experience the Resurrection" – Br. Curtis Almquist
    Claim the hope in Jesus’ resurrection for you in the here-and-now.
  • "Love Reborn" – Br. James Koester
    We should all be standing on a street corner today throwing our hats, or gloves, or coats or even our surplices into the air, because hope and forgiveness and love are reborn, and we want the world to know. Alleluia.
  • "Those Five Words" – Br. James Koester
    Those five words turned the world upside down. They renewed love. They restored hope. They rekindled courage. “I have seen the Lord."
  • "From Still Days to Dawn" – Br. Geoffrey Tristram
    We stand with the women at the empty tomb, at the dawn of universe, at the threshold of Life.
  • "A Cause For Great Joy" – Br. Geoffrey Tristram
    On Easter, we celebrate that Jesus has called us brothers, as he rolls the stone away from our hearts.
  • "Joy Comes in the Morning" – Br. David Vryhof
    The evidence for the Resurrection lies not in the empty tomb, but in the encounters of the first disciples with the Risen Lord.
  • "The Power of God" – Br. Geoffrey Tristram
    The power of God, which raised Jesus to life, which is more powerful than anything else in all creation, is the power of love.
  • "Shekinah" – Br. Geoffrey Tristram
    We need all the help we can get to keep us awakened to the wonder and significance of Easter: that “because he lives, we live also.”

2 Comments

  1. Verlinda on April 5, 2015 at 23:45

    These reflections have been a wonderful way for me to journey through Lent to Easter. God bless you all.

  2. Elizabeth Ann Lane on April 5, 2015 at 16:07

    Thank-you for the inspiring and encouraging devotions.

    Elizabeth A. Lane

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