2021 Easter Church Service

From Church Services, 7:06 am on 4 April 2021
Holy Trinity Cathedral

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The presider is the Revd Ivica Gregurec, Cathedral Precentor, and the sermon is preached by the Cathedral’s Dean, the Very Revd Anne Mills. The Cathedral’s choir is under the direction of Rowan Johnston, and the organ is played by Nicholas Forbes.

 

Holy Trinity Cathedral choir

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Introit

Joy is come! Eastertide!
Sing we all far and wide,
See the stone rolled aside,
Christ our Lord is risen,
Bursting from his prison.

Let the sound, sound, sound,
Ring around, round, round,
and the song now rebound:
Christ the Lord is risen!

Holy Trinity Cathedral choir

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Joy is come! Easter Day!
Join the dance, homage pay,
Christ the Lord lights our way,
From the tomb now breaking,
Satan’s power shaking.

Let the song, song, song,
Echo long, long, long,
Shout it loud, sing it strong:
Christ the Lord is risen!

Holy Trinity Cathedral choir

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Joy is come! Easter morn!
With your Lord greet the dawn,
He endured crown of thorn
And the bitter nailing,
Faithful and unfailing.

Tidings tell, tell, tell,
Chant it well, well, well,
Risen Christ in us dwell,
O’er the Cross prevailing.

Holy Trinity Cathedral choir

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Easter joy may we bring,
Welcome, God, heaven’s King,
Winter turns into spring,
Darkness overtaking,
And our spirits waking.

Praises flow, flow, flow,
Voices grow, grow, grow,
Sounding far “Gloria in excelsis Deo!”

Holy Trinity Cathedral choir with director Rowan Johnston

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Processional Hymn

Jesus Christ is risen today, alleluia!
our triumphant holy day, alleluia!
who did once, upon the cross, alleluia!
suffer to redeem our loss, alleluia!

Hymns of praise then let us sing, alleluia!
unto Christ, our heavenly King, alleluia!
who endured the Cross and grave, alleluia!
sinners to redeem and save, alleluia!

But the pains that he endured, alleluia!
our salvation have procured, alleluia!
now above the sky he’s king, alleluia!
where the angels ever sing, alleluia!

The Revd Ivica Gregurec

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The Gathering led by the Revd Ivica Gregurec

E te whanau a te Karaiti. Nau mau, haere mai ki tenei whare karakia nui ko Tokotoru Tapu. Welcome to all of you dear friends to Holy Trinity Cathedral and thank you for joining us for this Easter service from Holy Trinity Cathedral in Auckland. A special welcome and greetings to all listeners of Radio New Zealand who are joining us a t this service.

Christ is risen, alleluia!

Christ is risen indeed, alleluia!

The Lord be with you.

The Lord bless you.

This is the day which the Lord has made.

Let us rejoice and be glad in it.

Almighty God,

to whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hidden; cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit; so that we may truly love you and worthily praise your holy name; through our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Jessica Hughes

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The Confession led by the liturgist Jessica Hughes

God has promised forgiveness to all who truly repent, turn to Christ in faith and are themselves forgiving. In silence we call to mind our sins. Let us confess our sins.

Merciful God, we have sinned in what we have thought and said, in the wrong we have done, and in the good we have not done. We have sinned in ignorance; we have sinned in weakness; we have sinned through our own deliberate fault. We are truly sorry. We repent and turn to you. Forgive us, for our Saviour Christ’s sake, and renew our lives to the glory of your name. Amen.

Kyrie

Kyrie eleison,
Kyrie eleison,
Christe eleison,
Christe eleison,
Kyrie eleison,
Kyrie eleison.

Lord, have mercy,
Lord, have mercy,
Christ, have mercy,
Christ, have mercy,
Lord, have mercy,
Lord, have mercy.

Holy Trinity Cathedral

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Through the cross of Christ, God have mercy on you, pardon you and set you free. Know that you are forgiven and be at peace. God strengthen you in all goodness and keep you in life eternal.

Amen.

Gloria

Gloria in excelsis Deo.
Gratias agimus tibi propter
magnam gloriam tuam,
Domine Deus, Rex coelestis,
Deus Pater omnipotens.
Cum Sancto Spiritu,
in gloria Dei Patris.
Amen.

Glory to God in the highest.
We give thee thanks for
thy great glory,
O Lord God, heavenly king,
God the father almighty.
With the Holy Spirit,
in the glory of God the father.
Amen.

Holy Trinity Cathedral

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The Collect

Let us pray. Almighty God, who through your only-begotten Son Jesus Christ overcame death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life: grant that we, who celebrate with joy the day of the Lord's resurrection, may be raised from the death of sin by your life-giving Spirit; through Jesus Christ our Saviour, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

Felicity Reid

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First Reading by Felicity Reid

A reading from the book of the prophet Isaiah.

On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wines, of rich food filled with marrow, of well-aged wines strained clear. And he will destroy on this mountain the shroud that is cast over all peoples, the sheet that is spread over all nations; he will swallow up death forever. Then the Lord God will wipe away the tears from all faces, and the disgrace of his people he will take away from all the earth, for the Lord has spoken. It will be said on that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, so that he might save us. This is the Lord for whom we have waited; let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.

Hear what the Spirit is saying to the Church:

Thanks be to God.

Holy Trinity Cathedral

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Psalm 118

We give thanks to you O Lord for you are gracious:
and your love endures for ever.
Let the house of Israel say:
“God’s love endures for ever.”

Refrain:
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.

The right hand of the Lord raises up:
the right hand of the Lord does mighty things.
I shall not die but live:
and proclaim what the Lord has done.

Refrain

The stone which the builders rejected:
has become the head of the corner.
This is the Lord’s doing:
and it is marvellous in our eyes.

Refrain

Dr Elizabeth Niven

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Second Reading by Dr Elizabeth Niven

A reading from the Acts of the Apostles.

Then Peter began to speak to gathered people: "I truly understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. You know the message he sent to the people of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ--he is Lord of all. That message spread throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John announced: how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power; how he went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. We are witnesses to all that he did both in Judea and in Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a tree; but God raised him on the third day and allowed him to appear, not to all the people but to us who were chosen by God as witnesses, and who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one ordained by God as judge of the living and the dead. All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name."

Hear what the Spirit is saying to the Church.

Thanks be to God.

Holy Trinity Cathedral

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Gradual Hymn

He came singing love
and he lived singing love;
he died singing love.
He arose in silence.
For the love to go on
we must make it our song:
you and I be the singers.       

He came singing faith
and he lived singing faith;
he died singing faith.
He arose in silence.
For the faith to go on
we must make it our song:
you and I be the singers.       

Holy Trinity Cathedral

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He came singing hope
and he lived singing hope;
he died singing hope.
He arose in silence.
For the hope to go on
we must make it our song:
you and I be the singers.

He came singing peace
and he lived singing peace;
he died singing peace.
He arose in silence.
For the peace to go on
we must make it our song:
you and I be the singers.

Gospel reading by Jessica Hughes

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.

The Holy Gospel according to John.

Praise and glory to God.

Holy Trinity Cathedral

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Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, "They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him." Then Peter and the other disciple set out and went toward the tomb. The two were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first.

He bent down to look in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen wrappings lying there, and the cloth that had been on Jesus' head, not lying with the linen wrappings but rolled up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; for as yet they did not understand the scripture, that he must rise from the dead.

Holy Trinity Cathedral

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Then the disciples returned to their homes. But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb; and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying, one at the head and the other at the feet. They said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping?" She said to them, "They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him." When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?"

Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, "Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away." Jesus said to her, "Mary!" She turned and said to him in Hebrew, "Rabbouni!" (which means Teacher). Jesus said to her, "Do not hold on to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and say to them, 'I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.'" Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, "I have seen the Lord"; and she told them that he had said these things to her.

This is the gospel of Christ.

Praise to Christ the Word.

The Very Revd Anne Mills

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Sermon by the Very Revd Anne Mills, Dean of the Cathedral

Easter is a day of celebration. The church cries out, “Christ is risen. He is risen indeed!! Alleluia”!! People often dress up. Children and a few sneaky adults consume far too much chocolate. And many of us gather around full tables and share a meal.

Well known Swiss theologian Karl Barth said that what brings people to worship – not just on Easter, but any day – is an unspoken question clinging to their hearts and minds, and that question is simply this: “Is it true?” Is it true that God lives and gives us life? Is it true that God not only established a routine, what we call the laws of nature, but that one-day God broke the routine and somehow raised Jesus from the dead? Is it true that something so extraordinary happened on that Easter morning that we can only rebuild our lives on its foundation? Is it true?

These are such powerful questions – and they are unavoidable on a day such as this.

Holy Trinity Cathedral

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So, as I offer some thoughts this morning, I invite you to also think about what you believe about the resurrection. How will you respond to it? Will you respond to it at all? Does it matter?

I believe that the resurrection does matter. But it only matters when we can understand that as well as all the doctrine, theological and historical interpretations that try to prove a point, resurrection only really matters when it matters to you. When you attend a funeral. When you wonder about your own. When you see a loved family member in a casket. A friend in a grave. Imagine your own death, all too real and imminent. Resurrection matters because it is a promise not only for your future but also the present.

So, let’s have a look at this through the lens of our Bible readings this morning. In our Old Testament reading the prophet Isaiah describes the generous work of God, that’s where he starts to sing with promise of a generous banquet. “The Lord of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wines, of rich food filled with marrow, of well-aged wines.”

Here we are reminded that the two great Christian festivals of Easter and Christmas are often celebrated in our homes by extravagant meals. One of our sacraments is a meal that we call the Lord’s Supper or Communion.

Holy Trinity Cathedral

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Isaiah knows that God’s best work is celebrated with food, particularly when the table has been empty, and the cupboards have been bare. This text comes as a surprising interruption to a very painful section in the book. The country of Israel had gone amuck, and Isaiah sees everywhere the signs of God’s punishment. He declares, “The earth is utterly broken, the earth is torn asunder, the earth is violently shaken…the moon will be abashed and the sun ashamed.”

But suddenly in chapter 25, a great feast is announced. Nobody expects it. It comes as a surprise. Somehow it signals that God is doing something new. Whatever pain and distress the people have been feeling, God will now wipe away the tears from every eye. The people celebrate with a festive banquet, because God has had something to eat. God has “swallowed up death forever.” This is the astonishing claim of Easter. God has swallowed up death.

This is one of the few passages in the Jewish scriptures that say something like this. Most of the Old Testament knows what everybody knows: that death is an ongoing reality. Sometime after we are born, we die, and this is the one perfect statistic. Nobody gets out of this world alive. We try to give up bad habits that could shorten our lifespan. We even joke about death, because our best jokes are always about things that are most important. Yet death stands right there, right in the middle of the road, blocking the way to our hopes and dreams. But suddenly in this text, Isaiah declares that God will swallow up death, that death will be no more.

Holy Trinity Cathedral

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That God swallows death is the great Easter promise. When the apostle Paul thinks about the resurrection of Jesus, he announces it is the first in a chain-reaction of events. Christ is risen; death is defeated. That means death no longer has any power over God’s people. The power of Easter gets larger and larger until, Paul says, “death has been swallowed up in victory.”

It is clear from the Gospel stories that Easter is something big. According to all the accounts, women go to the tomb to remember their crucified Lord. They discover the tomb is open, there is no body inside, and someone in white declares, “Jesus is alive. He is going ahead of you.” What does all of this mean? They don’t know yet, but something new is beginning. God is doing something new.

As Isaiah looks ahead to this extraordinary meal, he sees that everything and everybody will be changed. All people shall eat the feast, he says. All people shall have the death-shroud destroyed. All the tears will be wiped away by God. All the earth shall see the disgrace of God’s people taken away. Something really big has begun by the resurrection of Christ.

The Bible word for this is “Salvation.” It’s the experience of being rescued. It is the knowledge that nothing will ever be able to beat you. It’s the trust that God is stronger than any competing threat. It is the confidence that nothing in death or life can ever separate us from the power of God’s love. On Easter, death has been swallowed up. Abundant life is here.

Holy Trinity Cathedral

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This is why so many Christians celebrate Easter morning around a table – around the Lord’s Table. We share the body of Christ, the blood of Christ. In the Easter story these were signs of death just a few days ago. Yet we eat and drink in the power of his resurrection and declare that Jesus is alive, that God swallowed up death. Now we take into ourselves Christ’s very life. In the largest possible sense, this is our easter promise, because for Christian people, death does not have any power anymore.

“Take, eat. This is my body for you. Take, drink. This is the cup of salvation.” Every time we gather at Christ’s Table, we hear the promise that something amazing is accomplished for God’s people. “Death has been swallowed up in victory.” (1 Cor 15:54). It began when the tomb of Christ was found empty. And suddenly those who love Jesus discover he is eating with them. They are filled with hope. They are given strength. They begin to hear that they are called to join Jesus in his ministry. One person after another discovers that, not only are they beginning to change, the whole world is turned upside down.

As Isaiah said, this is the start of something really big. And now all of us are a part of it.

The Revd Ivica Gregurec

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Renewal of Baptismal Vows led by the Revd Ivica Gregurec

As we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ from the dead, we remember that through the paschal mystery we have died and been buried with him in baptism, so that we may rise with him to a new life within the family of his Church. Now that we have completed our observance of Lent, we renew the promises made at our baptism, affirming our allegiance to Christ, and our rejection of all that is evil. Therefore, I ask these questions:

Do you turn to Christ?

I turn to Christ.

Do you repent of your sins?

I repent of my sins.

Do you renounce evil?

I renounce evil.

Let us now proclaim the Christian faith into which we were baptised, and in which we live and grow. Do you believe and trust in God the Father who makes the world?

I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

Do you believe and trust in his Son Jesus Christ, who redeemed humankind?

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He 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, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

Do you believe and trust in his Holy Spirit, who gives life to the people of God?

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.

This is the faith of the Church.

This is our faith. We believe and trust in one God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Holy Trinity Cathedral

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The Prayers of the People, led by Jessica Hughes

Let us pray for the Church and for the world, giving thanks for God’s goodness.

For Christians across the world; for communities across Aotearoa New Zealand, large and small, that are gathering together to celebrate the resurrection of Christ, and for our Diocese and Bishop Ross; that we may be transformed to reflect Christ’s likeness.

Risen Christ

Hear our prayers, alleluia.

That the resurrection of Christ inspire the governments of our nation and countries around the world. We pray for scientists that work in finding vaccines, as well as medical staff and all essential workers that care for those suffering from COVID-19.

Risen Christ

Hear our prayers, alleluia.

For all people, wherever they are; that through our common work together, we may build a society based on respect and inclusion of all.

Risen Christ,

Hear our prayers, alleluia.

For all who are being baptised and received into the Church this Easter, and for all of us who have renewed our baptismal promises; that we may grow to be faithful in our commitment.

Risen Christ

Hear our prayers, alleluia.

Holy Trinity Cathedral

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Our Jewish friends celebrate Passover, and our Muslim friends are preparing to begin the holy month of Ramadan; may our journeys together lead to mutual understanding and a commitment to love and respect one another, as we worship one God.

Risen Christ

Hear our prayers, alleluia.

That the light of the Risen Christ may shine through us, your people, upon the poor, the afflicted, the hungry, the homeless, the unemployed, and those who are victims of prejudice, that they may feel their stones rolled away and new light pouring into their lives. Forgive us our prejudices and help us to see Christ’s presence in every human person and in the whole of creation.

Risen Christ

Hear our prayers, alleluia.

Holy Trinity Cathedral

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We rejoice with the disciples and all the saints in the joy of Christ’s resurrection. May all those who have died by blessed with the fullness of Christ’s light and peace in eternal life.

Risen Christ

Hear our prayers, alleluia.

God of all faithfulness, you raised Jesus to newness of life. Send your Spirit into our hearts that even in troubled times we may be people of hope. We ask this through Christ, our Saviour. Amen.

God of all faithfulness, you raised Jesus to the newness of life. Send your Spirit into our hearts that even in troubled times we may be people of hope. We ask this through Christ our Saviour. Amen.

The Peace

Christ is risen, alleluia!

Christ is risen indeed, alleluia!

E te whānau, we are the body of Christ.

By one Spirit we were baptised into one body.

Keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

Amen. We are bound by the love of Christ.

Holy Trinity Cathedral choir

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Offertory Hymn

Jesus lives! thy terrors now
can no more, O death, appal us;
Jesus lives! by this we know
thou, O grave, canst not enthral us.

Alleluia!

Jesus lives! henceforth is death
but the gate of life immortal;
this shall calm our trembling breath
when we pass its gloomy portal.

Alleluia!

Holy Trinity Cathedral choir

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Jesus lives! for us he died;
then, alone to Jesus living,
pure in heart may we abide,
glory to our Saviour giving.

Alleluia!

Jesus lives! our hearts know well
nought from us his love shall sever;
life, nor death, nor powers of hell
tear us from his keeping ever.

Alleluia!

Jesus lives! to him the throne
over all the world is given:
may we go where he has gone,
rest and reign with him in heaven.

Alleluia!

Holy Trinity Cathedral

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Preparation of the Gifts

Blessed are you, God of all creation;

through your goodness we have these gifts to share.
Accept and use our offerings for your glory
and for the service of your kingdom.

Blessed be God for ever.

The Great Thanksgiving

The Lord is here.

God’s 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 offer thanks and praise.

The Revd Ivica Gregurec

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It is right indeed, everliving God,
to give you thanks and praise through Christ your only Son.
You are the source of all life and goodness;
through your eternal Word you have created all things from the beginning.
When we sinned and turned away
you called us back to yourself
and gave your Son to share our human nature.
He made the one perfect sacrifice for the sin of the world.
You raised him to life triumphant over death; you exalted him in glory.
By his victory over death, the reign of sin is ended, a new age has dawned,
a broken world is restored and we are made whole once more.
In him you have made us a holy people
by sending upon us your holy and lifegiving Spirit.
Therefore with the faithful who rest in him,
with angels and archangels and all the company of heaven,
we proclaim your great and glorious name,
forever praising you and singing:

Sanctus

Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus,
Dominus Deus Sabaoth.
Pleni sunt coeli et terra gloria tua.
Hosanna in excelsis.

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

The Revd Ivica Gregurec

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All glory and thanksgiving to you, holy Father;
on the night before he died
your Son, Jesus Christ, took bread;
when he had given you thanks,
he broke it, gave it to his disciples, and said:
Take, eat, this is my body
which is given for you; do this to remember me.
After supper he took the cup;
when he had given you thanks, he gave it to them and said:
Drink this, all of you,
for this is my blood of the new covenant
which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins;
do this as often as you drink it, to remember me.
Therefore loving God,
recalling your great goodness to us in Christ,
his suffering and death, his resurrection and ascension,
and looking for his coming in glory,
we celebrate our redemption with this bread of life
and this cup of salvation.
With thanksgiving and hope we sing:

Glory to you, Lord Christ,
your death we show forth;
your resurrection we proclaim,
your coming we await,
Amen, come Lord Jesus.

The Revd Ivica Gregurec

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Accept our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving
which we offer through Christ our great high priest.
Send your Holy Spirit
that these gifts of bread and wine which we receive
may be to us the body and blood of Christ,
and that we, filled with the Spirit’s grace and power,
may be renewed for the service of your kingdom.
United in Christ with all who stand before you in earth and heaven,
we worship you, O God, in songs of everlasting praise.

Blessing, honour and glory be yours,
here and everywhere,
now and forever,
Amen.

Holy Trinity Cathedral

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The Lord’s Prayer

As Christ teaches us we pray

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done, on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours
now and for ever. Amen.

We break this bread to share in the body of Christ.

We who are many are one body, for we all share the one bread.

The Invitation

Draw near and receive the body of our Saviour
Jesus Christ in remembrance that he died for us.
Let us feed on Him in our hearts by faith with thanksgiving.

Holy Trinity Cathedral choir

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Agnus Dei

Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi, miserere nobis.
Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi, miserere nobis.
Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi, dona nobis pacem.

O Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us.
O Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us.
O Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, grant us your peace.

Holy Trinity Cathedral choir

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Communion Motet

He is risen

He is risen, he is risen:
tell it out with joyful voice;
he has burst his three days’ prison;
let the whole wide earth rejoice.
Death is conquered; all are free,
Christ has won the victory.

Come, ye sad and fearful hearted,
with glad smile and radiant brow;
Lent’s long shadows have departed,
all his woes are over now,
and the passion that he bore,
sin and pain can vex no more.

Come with high and holy hymning,
chant our Lord’s triumphant lay;
not one darksome cloud is dimming
yonder glorious morning ray,
breaking o’er the purple East,
brighter far our Easter feast.

Holy Trinity Cathedral

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Prayer after Communion

Father of all, we give you thanks and praise, that when we were still far off you met us in your Son and brought us home. Dying and living, he declared your love, gave us grace and opened the gate of glory.

May we who share Christ’s body live his risen life; we who drink his cup bring life to others; we whom the Spirit lights give light to the world. Keep us firm in the hope you have set before us, so we and all your children shall be free, and the whole earth live to praise your name. Amen.

Holy Trinity Cathedral choir

Holy Trinity Cathedral choir Photo: RNZ / Paul Bushnell

Final Hymn

Thine be the glory, risen, conquering Son,
endless is the victory thou o’er death hast won;
angels in bright raiment rolled the stone away,
kept the folded grave-clothes where his body lay.

Refrain
Thine be the glory, risen, conquering Son,
endless is the victory thou o’er death hast won.

Lo, Jesus meets us, risen from the tomb;
lovingly he greets us, scatters fear and gloom;
let the Church with gladness hymns of triumph sing,
for her Lord now liveth, death hath lost its sting.

Refrain

No more we doubt thee, glorious Prince of Life;
life is naught without thee: aid us in our strife;
make us more than conquerors through thy deathless love;
bring us safe through Jordan to thy home above:

Refrain

Blessing

Alleluia! Christ is risen.

He is risen indeed. Alleluia!

The God of peace, who by the blood of the eternal covenant brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus Christ, that great shepherd of the sheep, make you perfect in every good work; and the blessing of God almighty, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, be with you and remain with you for ever.

Amen.

The Dismissal

Go now to love and serve the Lord. Go in peace. Alleluia! Alleluia!

Amen. We go in the name of Christ. Alleluia. Alleluia.

Organ Sortie

Grand Chœur in B flat major (from Douze Pièces) by Dubois

Holy Trinity Cathedral

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Music details

Artist: Choir, Holy Trinity Cathedral, Auckland
Song: Joy is come!
Composer: German 1360, arr. Andrew Carter
Album: RNZ recording

Artist: Choir, Holy Trinity Cathedral, Auckland
Song: Jesus Christ is risen today
Composer: Anon. Tune: Easter Hymn
Album: RNZ recording

Artist: Choir, Holy Trinity Cathedral, Auckland
Song: Kyrie Eleison
Composer: Joseph Haydn
Album: RNZ recording

Artist: Choir, Holy Trinity Cathedral, Auckland
Song: Gloria
Composer: Joseph Haydn
Album: RNZ recording

Artist: Choir, Holy Trinity Cathedral, Auckland
Song: He came singing love
Composer: Colin Gibson
Album: RNZ recording

Holy Trinity Cathedral

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Artist: Choir, Holy Trinity Cathedral, Auckland
Song: Jesus lives! thy terrors now
Composer: Anon. Tune: St Albinus
Album: RNZ recording

Artist: Choir, Holy Trinity Cathedral, Auckland
Song: Sanctus, Benedictus
Composer: Joseph Haydn
Album: RNZ recording

Artist: Choir, Holy Trinity Cathedral, Auckland
Song: Agnus Dei
Composer: Joseph Haydn
Album: RNZ recording

Artist: Choir, Holy Trinity Cathedral, Auckland
Song: The Easter song of praise,
Composer: Richard Shepherd
Album: RNZ recording

Artist: Choir, Holy Trinity Cathedral, Auckland
Song: Thine be the glory
Composer: Handel
Album: RNZ recording

Artist: Nicholas Forbes
Song: Grand Chœur in B flat major (from Douze Pièces)
Composer: Dubois
Album: RNZ recording

Holy Trinity Cathedral

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Credits

Presider

The Reverend Ivica Gregurec, Cathedral Precentor

Preacher

The Very Reverend Anne Mills, Dean of Auckland

Liturgist

Jessica Hughes

Readers

Felicity Reid

Dr Elizabeth Niven

Holy Trinity Cathedral

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Setting

Missa Brevis No. 7 in Bb (Missa Sancti Joannis de Deo) by Joseph Haydn

Holy Trinity Cathedral Choir

Director of Choirs

Rowan Johnston

Guest Organist

Nicholas Forbes

Audio engineer

Adrian Hollay

Producer

Paul Bushnell

Recorded in partnership with Holy Trinity Cathedral Auckland

Holy Trinity Cathedral

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