13 March 2008

Hymns for the First Octave of Easter Series A

The Resurrection of Our Lord
Easter Vigil


Genesis 1:1—2:3 (The Creation)
Genesis 7:1–5, 11–18; 8:6–18; 9:8–13 (The Flood)
Genesis 22:1–18 (The Testing of Abraham)
Exodus 14:10—15:1 (Israel’s Deliverance at the Red Sea)

Canticle: Song of Moses and Israel (LSB 925)

Isaiah 55:1–11 (Salvation Offered Freely to All)
Ezekiel 36:24–28 (A New Heart and a New Spirit)
Job 19:20–27 (Job Confesses the Redeemer)
Jonah 3:1–10 (Jonah Preaches to Nineveh)
Daniel 3:1–30 (The Fiery Furnace)

Canticle: All You Works of the Lord (LSB 931)

Romans 6:1–11 (Remembrance and Affirmation of Holy Baptism)

Hymn of Praise: Gloria in Excelsis Deo (LSB 154; 170; or 187)

Mark 16:1–8

Hymns for the Distribution of the Holy Communion
Come, you faithful, raise the strain (LSB 487)
Our Paschal Lamb, that sets us free (LSB 473)
At the Lamb’s high feast we sing (LSB 633)

Processional Out
All the earth with joy is sounding (LSB 462)

Alternative Hymns
Christ is arisen (LSB 459)
Christ Jesus lay in death’s strong bands (LSB 458)
He is arisen! Glorious Word (LSB 488)
Jesus lives! The vict’ry’s won (LSB 490)
Now all the vault of heav’n resounds (LSB 465)
The day of resurrection (LSB 478)
The strife is o’er, the battle done (LSB 464)
With high delight let us unite (LSB 483)


The Resurrection of Our Lord
Easter Sunrise

Exodus 14:10–15:1
1 Corinthians 15:1–11
John 20:1–18

Divine Service, Setting Five (LSB 213–218)

Entrance Hymn
Christ the Lord is risen today; Alleluia (LSB 463)

Kyrie Hymn
Kyrie! God, Father in heav’n above (LSB 942)

Gloria Hymn
All glory be to God on high (LSB 947)

Gradual Hymn
He is arisen! Glorious Word (LSB 488)

Hymn of the Day / Catechetical Hymn of the Week
Awake, my heart, with gladness (LSB 467)

Creedal Hymn
We all believe in one true God (LSB 954)

Offertory Hymn
The day of resurrection (LSB 478)

Sanctus Hymn
Isaiah, mighty seer in days of old (LSB 960)

Agnus Dei
O Christ, Thou Lamb of God (LSB 198)

Hymns for the Distribution of the Holy Communion
Come, you faithful, raise the strain (LSB 487)
I know that my Redeemer lives (LSB 461)
This joyful Eastertide (LSB 482)
I am content! My Jesus ever lives (LSB 468)

Post-Communion Hymn
Thanks to Thee, O Christ, victorious (LSB 548)

Processional Out
The strife is o’er, the battle done (LSB 464)

Alternative Hymns
All the earth with joy is sounding (LSB 462)
Christ is arisen (LSB 459)
Christ Jesus lay in death’s strong bands (LSB 458)
Jesus Christ is ris’n today (LSB 457)
Jesus Christ, my sure defense (LSB 741)
Jesus lives! The vict’ry’s won (LSB 490)
Now all the vault of heav’n resounds (LSB 465)
With high delight let us unite (LSB 483)


The Resurrection of Our Lord
Easter Day

Acts 10:34–43
Colossians 3:1–4 (5–7)
Matthew 28:1–10

Processional Hymn
Hail thee, festival day (LSB 489)

Sequence Hymn
Christians, to the Paschal Victim (LSB 460)

Hymn of the Day
Christ Jesus lay in death’s strong bands (LSB 458)

Hymns for the Distribution of the Holy Communion
Awake, my heart, with gladness (LSB 467) (Catechetical)
With high delight let us unite (LSB 483)
Jesus Christ, my sure defense (LSB 741)
At the Lamb’s high feast we sing (LSB 633)

Processional Out
Jesus Christ is ris’n today (LSB 457)

Alternative Hymns
All the earth with joy is sounding (LSB 462)
Christ has arisen, Alleluia (LSB 466)
Jesus lives! The vict’ry’s won (LSB 490)
Now all the vault of heav’n resounds (LSB 465)
O love, how deep, how broad, how high (LSB 544)
Thanks to Thee, O Christ, victorious (LSB 548)
This joyful Eastertide (LSB 482)
We know that Christ is raised (LSB 603)


The Resurrection of Our Lord
Easter Monday

Daniel 12:1c–3
1 Corinthians 5:6b–8
Luke 24:13–35

Processional Hymn / Hymn of Invocation
Come, you faithful, raise the strain (LSB 487)

Hymn of the Day
Christ the Lord is risen today; Alleluia (LSB 463)

Hymns for the Distribution of the Holy Communion
Who are you who walk in sorrow (LSB 476)
Our Paschal Lamb, that sets us free (LSB 473)
The day of resurrection (LSB 478)

Processional Out / Hymn of Departure
Lord Jesus Christ, with us abide (LSB 585)

Alternative Hymns
Abide with me, fast falls the eventide (LSB 878)
All people that on earth do dwell (LSB 791)
All the earth with joy is sounding (LSB 462)
Awake, my heart, with gladness (LSB 467)
Christ Jesus lay in death’s strong bands (LSB 458)
Now rest beneath night’s shadow (LSB 880)
O love, how deep, how broad, how high (LSB 544)
Oh, what their joy and their glory must be (LSB 675)
Thanks to Thee, O Christ, victorious (LSB 548)
The strife is o’er, the battle done (LSB 464)


The Resurrection of Our Lord
Easter Tuesday

Daniel 3:8–28
Acts 13:26–33
Luke 24:36–49

Processional Hymn / Hymn of Invocation
Awake, my heart, with gladness (LSB 467)

Hymn of the Day
Jesus lives! The vict’ry’s won (LSB 490)

Hymns for the Distribution of the Holy Communion
I am content! My Jesus ever lives (LSB 468)
All praise to Thee, for Thou, O King divine (LSB 815)
All you works of God, bless the Lord (LSB 930)

Processional Out / Hymn of Departure
With high delight let us unite (LSB 483)

Alternative Hymns
All who believe and are baptized (LSB 601)
Baptismal waters cover me (LSB 616)
Feed Thy children, God most holy (LSB 774)
Grant peace, we pray, in mercy, Lord (LSB 777)
Jesus, grant that balm and healing (LSB 421)
Now all the vault of heav’n resounds (LSB 465)
The strife is o’er, the battle done (LSB 464)
This joyful Eastertide (LSB 482)
We are called to stand together (LSB 828)
We know that Christ is raised (LSB 603)


The Resurrection of Our Lord
Easter Wednesday

Acts 3:1–10
1 Corinthians 11:23–26
John 21:1–14

Processional Hymn / Hymn of Invocation
Christ Jesus lay in death’s strong bands (LSB 458)

Hymn of the Day
Long before the world is waking (LSB 485)

Hymns for the Distribution of the Holy Communion
Now, my tongue, the myst’ry telling (LSB 630)
All the earth with joy is sounding (LSB 462)
At the Lamb’s high feast we sing (LSB 633)

Processional Out / Hymn of Departure
The strife is o’er, the battle done (LSB 464)

Alternative Hymns
Awake, my heart, with gladness (LSB 467)
Feed Thy children, God most holy (LSB 774)
In Thee is gladness (LSB 818)
Let all mortal flesh keep silence (LSB 621)
Lord Jesus Christ, life-giving bread (LSB 625)
Lord Jesus Christ, with us abide (LSB 585)
Once in the blest baptismal waters (LSB 598)
Soul, adorn yourself with gladness (LSB 636)
Wide open stand the gates (LSB 639)
With high delight let us unite (LSB 483)


The Resurrection of Our Lord
Easter Thursday

Psalm 8:1–8 (antiphon: v. 9)
Acts 3:11–26
John 21:15–19

Hymn of the Day
At the Lamb’s high feast we sing (LSB 633)

Alternative Hymns
Awake, my heart, with gladness (LSB 467)
Feed Thy children, God most holy (LSB 774)
In Thee is gladness (LSB 818)
Jesus, grant that balm and healing (LSB 421)
Jesus, Thy boundless love to me (LSB 683)
Let us ever walk with Jesus (LSB 685)
Shepherd of tender youth (LSB 864)
Since our great High Priest, Christ Jesus (LSB 529)
Son of God, eternal Savior (LSB 842)
The gifts Christ freely gives (LSB 602)


The Resurrection of Our Lord
Easter Friday

Psalm 118:22–29 (antiphon: vv. 1–2)
Acts 4:1–12
Luke 24:1–12

Hymn of the Day
Awake, my heart, with gladness (LSB 467)

Alternative Hymns
All hail the pow’r of Jesus’ name (LSB 549)
All the earth with joy is sounding (LSB 462)
At the Lamb’s high feast we sing (LSB 633)
Christ has arisen, Alleluia (LSB 466)
Hail, Thou once despised Jesus (LSB 531)
Jesus Christ is ris’n today (LSB 457)
Jesus Christ, my sure defense (LSB 741)
Now all the vault of heav’n resounds (LSB 465)
This joyful Eastertide (LSB 482)
With high delight let us unite (LSB 483)


The Resurrection of Our Lord
Easter Saturday

Psalm 118:14–21 (antiphon: vv. 1, 5)
Acts 4:13–21
Mark 16:9–18

Hymn of the Day
Thanks to Thee, O Christ, victorious (LSB 548)

Alternative Hymns
All Christians who have been baptized (LSB 596)
All who believe and are baptized (LSB 601)
Awake, my heart, with gladness (LSB 467)
May God bestow on us His grace (LSB 823)
O God, O Lord of heaven and earth (LSB 834)
Once in the blest baptismal waters (LSB 598)
Rise, shine, you people (LSB 825)
We are called to stand together (LSB 828)
We know that Christ is raised (LSB 603)
With high delight let us unite (LSB 483)


Second Sunday of Easter
Acts 5:29–42
1 Peter 1:3–9
John 20:19–31

Processional Hymn
All Christians who have been baptized (LSB 596)

Sequence Hymn
Christians, to the Paschal Victim (LSB 460)

Hymn of the Day / Catechetical Hymn of the Week
O sons and daughters of the King (LSB 470)

Offertory Hymn
Thee we adore, O hidden Savior (LSB 640)

Hymns for the Distribution of the Holy Communion
These things did Thomas count as real (LSB 472)
Jesus, grant that balm and healing (LSB 421)
Awake, my heart, with gladness (LSB 467)
Come, you faithful, raise the strain (LSB 487)

Processional Out
Lo! He comes with clouds descending (LSB 336)

Alternative Hymns
"As surely as I live," God said (LSB 614)
Baptismal waters cover me (LSB 616)
Christ sits at God’s right hand (LSB 564)
I know my faith is founded (LSB 587)
In Thee is gladness (LSB 818)
Jesus Christ, my sure defense (LSB 741)
Jesus lives! The vict’ry’s won (LSB 490)
Jesus, priceless treasure (LSB 743)
O Christ, our hope, our hearts’ desire (LSB 553)
O God, O Lord of heaven and earth (LSB 834)
The strife is o’er, the battle done (LSB 464)
This joyful Eastertide (LSB 482)

5 comments:

TruthQuestioner said...

Ooooh! I can't wait! It's hard too believe there are so many good hymns. My favorite keeps changing every time I sing a new one it seems.

Paul Buckley said...

Pastor, what time do you begin your vigil and sunrise service? And what does the sunrise service look like? Are you outside or in? Candlelight until the sun is up? Etc.

Rev. Rick Stuckwisch said...

The Easter Vigil at Emmaus will begin at 7:00 p.m. It'll last about two hours or so. Then we'll all go home for a little while, until the Sunrise Service at 6:00 a.m. Properly speaking, we should keep vigil at the church all night. My spirit would be willing, but my forty-something flesh would be too weak. My colleague volunteered, last year, and a number of our eager youth were ready to take him up on it, to remain at the church and sleep on the pews (as necessary) -- but no one actually did ;-)

The Vigil begins in semi-darkness, with as many candles as possible, especially for the Service of Light. The lights are brought up too full brightness for the Service of the Sacrament, which marks the beginning of the Easter Feast.

The Sunrise Service tends to begin in semi-darkness, as well, at just about the point when the sun is rising. We're inside the church for the entire service, but there is something poignant about arriving in the darkness just before dawn, and then the golden sun ascending as we celebrate the Feast of the Resurrection of Our Lord.

The Hauptgottesdienst (the Chief Divine Service) begins at 9:00 a.m.

For the Sunrise Service, we follow the order of Divine Service, Setting Five in the LSB (based upon Luther's Deutsche Messe and Formula Missae, his German and Latin orders of the Mass). For the Hauptgottesdienst, we'll use Divine Service, Setting One in the LSB. We'll follow that order of the Divine Service throughout Eastertide, and then return to Setting Three in the LSB for the rest of the Church Year.

Moria said...

"At the Lamb's High Feast" should be sung at the Vigil, so perhaps it should be moved up in the order of distribution hymns. Also, if "Christ Jesus Lay in Death's Strong Bands" is the Hymn of the Day, shouldn't it be sung as such also at the Sunrise?

Rev. Rick Stuckwisch said...

We won't use as many distribution hymns at Emmaus; so "At the Lamb's High Feast" will come sooner in the lineup (probably second). It seems best to let it serve as the crescendo of the distribution.

"Hymn of the Day" is, I guess, a bit of a misnomer for Easter Sunday. It would be better to speak of the "Hymn of the Service," perhaps, as there is a different such hymn appointed for the sunrise service than for the chief service of the day. "Awake, My Heart, with Gladness" is appointed for the sunrise service, and "Christ Jesus Lay in Death's Strong Bands" is appointed for the later service. (The same thing is true of the several services of the Nativity of Our Lord, as well.)

As a general rule, I've tried to avoid using the same hymns at both services, since the propers differ and there are a fair number of people who attend at both times. The main exception would be the catechetical hymn of the week, which differs from year to year. In years when "Christ Jesus Lay in Death's Strong Bands" is the catechetical hymn, it is used at some point in each of the services.