Liturgy Planning

Easter Sunday

April 9, 2023

Year ABC - Lectionary [42]

First Reading

Acts 10:34a, 37-43 | We ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead.

Peter addressed Cornelius and his household: ‘You must have heard about the recent happenings in Judaea; about Jesus of Nazareth and how he began in Galilee, after John had been preaching baptism. God had anointed him with the Holy Spirit and with power, and because God was with him, Jesus went about doing good and curing all who had fallen into the power of the devil. Now I, and those with me, can witness to everything he did throughout the countryside of Judaea and in Jerusalem itself: and also to the fact that they killed him by hanging him on a tree, yet three days afterwards God raised him to life and allowed him to be seen, not by the whole people but only by certain witnesses God had chosen beforehand. Now we are those witnesses – we have eaten and drunk with him after his resurrection from the dead – and he has ordered us to proclaim this to his people and to tell them that God has appointed him to judge everyone, alive or dead. It is to him that all the prophets bear this witness: that all who believe in Jesus will have their sins forgiven through his name.’


Psalm 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23 | This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad.

This day was made by the Lord: we rejoice and are glad. or Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

  Give thanks to the Lord for he is good,

  for his love has no end.

  Let the sons of Israel say:

  ‘His love has no end.’

This day was made by the Lord: we rejoice and are glad. or Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

  The Lord’s right hand has triumphed;

  his right hand raised me up.

  I shall not die, I shall live

  and recount his deeds.

This day was made by the Lord: we rejoice and are glad. or Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

  The stone which the builders rejected

  has become the corner stone.

  This is the work of the Lord,

  a marvel in our eyes.

This day was made by the Lord: we rejoice and are glad or Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

Second Reading

Colossians 3:1-4 or 1 Corinthians 5:6b-8 | Seek what is above, where Christ is. -or- Clear out the old yeast, so that you may become a fresh batch of dough.

Since you have been brought back to true life with Christ, you must look for the things that are in heaven, where Christ is, sitting at God’s right hand. Let your thoughts be on heavenly things, not on the things that are on the earth, because you have died, and now the life you have is hidden with Christ in God. But when Christ is revealed – and he is your life – you too will be revealed in all your glory with him.

Gospel Acclamation

Sequence Victimae Paschali Laudes

Christians, to the Paschal Victim

  offer sacrifice and praise.

The sheep are ransomed by the Lamb;

and Christ, the undefiled,

hath sinners to his Father reconciled.

Death with life contended:

  combat strangely ended!

Life’s own Champion, slain,

  yet lives to reign.

Tell us, Mary: 

  say what thou didst see 

  upon the way.

The tomb the Living did enclose;

I saw Christ’s glory as he rose!

The angels there attesting;

shroud with grave-clothes resting.

Christ, my hope, has risen:

he goes before you into Galilee.

That Christ is truly risen

  from the dead we know.

Victorious king, thy mercy show!


Christ, our passover, has been sacrificed: let us celebrate the feast then, in the Lord.

1 Corinthians 5:7b-8a 


John 20:1-9 or Luke 24:13-35 | He had to rise from the dead. -or- They recognized Jesus in the breaking of the bread.

It was very early on the first day of the week and still dark, when Mary of Magdala came to the tomb. She saw that the stone had been moved away from the tomb and came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved. ‘They have taken the Lord out of the tomb’ she said ‘and we don’t know where they have put him.’

  So Peter set out with the other disciple to go to the tomb. They ran together, but the other disciple, running faster than Peter, reached the tomb first; he bent down and saw the linen cloths lying on the ground, but did not go in. Simon Peter who was following now came up, went right into the tomb, saw the linen cloths on the ground, and also the cloth that had been over his head; this was not with the linen cloths but rolled up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple who had reached the tomb first also went in; he saw and he believed. Till this moment they had failed to understand the teaching of scripture, that he must rise from the dead.


Two of the disciples of Jesus were on their way to a village called Emmaus, seven miles from Jerusalem, and they were talking together about all that had happened. Now as they talked this over, Jesus himself came up and walked by their side; but something prevented them from recognising him. He said to them, ‘What matters are you discussing as you walk along?’ They stopped short, their faces downcast.

  Then one of them, called Cleopas, answered him, ‘You must be the only person staying in Jerusalem who does not know the things that have been happening there these last few days.’ ‘What things?’ he asked. ‘All about Jesus of Nazareth’ they answered ‘who proved he was a great prophet by the things he said and did in the sight of God and of the whole people; and how our chief priests and our leaders handed him over to be sentenced to death, and had him crucified. Our own hope had been that he would be the one to set Israel free. And this is not all: two whole days have gone by since it all happened; and some women from our group have astounded us: they went to the tomb in the early morning, and when they did not find the body, they came back to tell us they had seen a vision of angels who declared he was alive. Some of our friends went to the tomb and found everything exactly as the women had reported, but of him they saw nothing.’

  Then he said to them, ‘You foolish men! So slow to believe the full message of the prophets! Was it not ordained that the Christ should suffer and so enter into his glory?’ Then, starting with Moses and going through all the prophets, he explained to them the passages throughout the scriptures that were about himself.

  When they drew near to the village to which they were going, he made as if to go on; but they pressed him to stay with them. ‘It is nearly evening’ they said ‘and the day is almost over.’ So he went in to stay with them. Now while he was with them at table, he took the bread and said the blessing; then he broke it and handed it to them. And their eyes were opened and they recognised him; but he had vanished from their sight. Then they said to each other, ‘Did not our hearts burn within us as he talked to us on the road and explained the scriptures to us?’

  They set out that instant and returned to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven assembled together with their companions, who said to them, ‘Yes, it is true. The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon.’ Then they told their story of what had happened on the road and how they had recognised him at the breaking of bread.

Scripture readings taken from The Jerusalem Bible, published and copyright 1966 by Darton, Longman and Todd Ltd, and used by permission of the publishers


Psalm 118: Let Us Rejoice
Composer: Haugen, Marty

Hymns & Songs

All Creatures of Our God and King
Text: Francis of Assisi
All You Nations
Composer: Deiss, Lucien
Text: Psalm 66
Publisher: WLP
Alleluia, Alleluia, Give Thanks
Composer: Fishel, Donald
Text: Fishel, Donald
Alleluia, Sing to Jesus
Text: Dix, William C.
Christ the Lord Is Risen Today
Text: Victimae paschali laudes
Christ the Lord Is Risen Today (LLANFAIR)
Text: Wesley, Charles
Easter Alleluia
Text: Haugen, Marty
Publisher: GIA
Exult, Ye Heavens
Composer: Warner
Publisher: GIA
Hail the Day That Sees Him Rise
Text: Wesley, Charles
Hallelujah, My Father
Composer: Cullen, Tim
Text: Cullen, Tim
I Am the Bread of Life / Yo Soy el Pan de Vida
Composer: Toolan, Suzanne
Text: Toolan, Suzanne
Publisher: GIA
I Received the Living God
Composer: Jacob, Clement
Text: Bernard, Geoffrey
Publisher: WLP
Isaiah 12: 2-3, 4, 6
Composer: Haugen, Marty
Text: Haugen, Marty
Publisher: GIA
Jesus Christ Is Risen Today
Text: Surrexit Christus Hodie, Latin 14th c.
Joyful, Joyful We Adore You
Text: Henry van Dyke
Laudate Dominum
Composer: Berthier, Jacques
Text: Taize Community
Publisher: GIA
Never the Blade Shall Rise
Composer: Powell, Kathy
Text: Powell, Kathy
Publisher: GIA
Now the Green Blade Rises
Composer: French Carol
Text: Crum, John M.
Publisher: GIA
Psalm 104: Lord, Send Out Your Spirit
Composer: Lisicky, Paul
Publisher: GIA
Psalm 104: Send Forth Your Spirit
Composer: Warner, Steven C.
Publisher: WLP
Psalm 98: Sing a New Song unto the Lord
Composer: Warner, Steven C.
Publisher: WLP
Sing to the Mountains
Composer: Dufford SJ, Bob
Text: Dufford SJ, Bob
Publisher: OCP
You Have Put On Christ
Composer: Waddell OCSO, Chrysogonous
Text: ICEL
Publisher: WLP