Four Services on Easter Sunday
Easter at St. Thomas’ begins at 6:30 am in silence and darkness as we gather outside at the entrance to the church. The rector kindles the Easter fire, and lights the Paschal candle from it. Then, led by the Deacon, all process into the church as the Exsultet is sung. The great prophecies of the Resurrection are read, and psalms are sung. The congregation renews their baptismal vows, the Altar candles are lit from the Paschal candle and the Resurrection is proclaimed: Alleluia! Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia!” and a Great Noise is made. The first Easter service of Holy Communion follows.
- Exsultate Deo, Giovanni de Palestrina (1525–1594)
- Ave, Verum Corpus, William Byrd (c. 1540–1623)
- Incantation pour un Jour Saint, organ postlude by Jean Langlais (1907–1991)
At 8:00 am, we offer a service of Holy Communion and Sermon. The service will be accompanied by organ and the congregation will sing some of the great Easter hymns.
At 10:00 am is our Choral Matins (Morning Prayer) service with sermon and will feature the “Collegium Regale” settings of the canticles Te Deum and Jubilate Deo by Herbert Howells, sung by the Parish Choir.
Then, at 11:15 am, we will celebrate a Festal Choral Eucharist celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ. This service includes a sermon from our Rector, David Browder, and music of the season from our Parish Choir and Children’s Choirs.
- This Joyful Eastertide, arr. Charles Wood
- Psalm 114, Sir Edward Bairstow
- Easter Hymn, Pietro Mascagni
- Long Since in Egypt’s Plenteous Land, Sir C. Hubert H. Parry
Finally, at 1:00 pm, we invite you and your children to join us for our annual Easter Egg Hunt with snacks and beverages.
Alleluia! Christ is Risen!
The Lord is risen indeed! Alleluia!