Easter Sunday

Christ is Risen!

Holy Week AT HOME

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On Easter Sunday we continue the celebration that began at the Easter Vigil. Jesus’ victory over death has set us free and given us life!

outdoor service What you need

  • Lawn chair(s)
  • Blankets and/or umbrellas
  • Bells, streamers, anything that makes noise!

at home celebration ideas

Celebratory Ideas:
Decorate your home with flowers, make a special meal or morning treats (use this Prayer liturgy!), take a family photo to post on your social media with an Easter note to your friends and neighbors, write or tell your baptism story.

at noon on easter day,

Raise a Hallelujah

join with believers across our diocese to celebrate the resurrection of jesus with one minute of joy!

This Easter we remember the hope of Jesus’ resurrection and victory over death in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. As churches are unable to gather in person, let’s raise a hallelujah on our front porches to bring the hope of Jesus to our neighborhoods.

At noon on Easter Sunday, April 12, gather with everyone in your household outside your home and shout “Alleluia! Christ is Risen! The Lord is risen indeed! Alleluia! Alleluia!” Ring bells, make a joyful noise, and celebrate for 60 seconds! Post a picture or video of your celebration with #RaiseAHallelujah and #RaiseAHallelujahRez


For kids

Young Children’s Video

Elementary video

Coloring page and story summary


“Into this glorious day!”
Original painting by Resurrection artist Janice Skivington Wood, of the Resurrected Christ, 2020. (Image copyright: Church of the Resurrection)


View a traditional Sunrise Service service from our Explainer videos for Holy Week 2019. 

We have finally reached the moment that we wait for anxiously during Lent and all of Holy Week: the Easter Acclamation and the Holy Noise. The celebrant exclaims to the people: “Alleluia, Christ is risen!” And the people respond: “The Lord is risen, indeed! Alleluia!”

At this time, we shout and sing and dance as we celebrate the hope given to us all those many years ago on that first Easter Sunday morning, and we rejoice in the expectation of the return of Christ in the future. This is truly the greatest moment of the entire year.

Full of the joy of the Resurrection, we traditionally then welcome candidates for baptism, and renew our own baptismal vows. (This year we will not include baptisms at our outdoor service.) We then conclude the service by celebrating the Eucharist, enjoying together the meal that makes us one with Jesus’ body and blood and unites us with the church throughout the ages. The Eucharist reminds us throughout the year of the death and resurrection of Jesus which we celebrate during Holy Week, and the first Eucharist of Easter is an especially poignant moment as it concludes our Holy Week pilgrimage.

We have arrived at our culminating Holy Week service: Easter morning. One word perfectly sums up this service: joy!

Having walked with Jesus through the suffering, pain, and anguish of this week, the celebration of the Easter service is all the sweeter. Experiencing the weight of our sin and the cost of Jesus’ sacrifice on Good Friday gives us all the more reason to rejoice at Jesus’ ultimate victory. We recognize the depth of the darkness from which Jesus has saved us. We also rejoice in what we are saved for: eternal life with the Lord. Through Jesus’ final victory, the victory over death itself, we are able to be with God forever. We will not be with God simply in a metaphorical or ethereal way—no, we are promised that we will share in Jesus’ resurrection. We will be able to physically walk with Jesus in our heavenly home.

The palpable joy in this service comes from being in the presence of the Lord and is a taste of the heavenly joy we will one day experience in fullness. This service invites us to enter into this glimpse of heaven with childlike faith and to revel in the joy of being with God and in his power. Dance and proclaim that the Lord is good and that the Lord has done it: he has won the victory!

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