Easter Vigil, 6

April 23, 2011 — Leave a comment
Easter Vigil at Fasor Lutheran Church, Budapest, Hungary

Easter Vigil at Fasor Lutheran Church, Budapest, Hungary

Heavenly Father, by the prophets You promised that You Yourself would be our Savior and would rescue us by Your own hand.  On this day we remember that Your Son, Christ our Lord, lay in the darkness of the grave having gone to the cross according to Your will, which You revealed in the fullness of time, so that all nations would be blessed in Him.  In Your time, that every knee should bow and tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.    Help us, we pray, to remember the gifts that You have given us in Baptism, that within those waters we have already been entombed with our Lord and now live in the hope of a resurrection like His.  We pray also for the catechumens who prepare to make public confession of their faith, for those who have yet to be baptized and for those who have yet to know of Your unfailing mercy, grace and love.  Lord , keep us steadfast in Your word and send Your Spirit to strengthen our faith.  We ask these things in the name of Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who reigns together with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

Do you renounce the devil?
Yes, I renounce him

Do you renounce all his works?
Yes, I renounce them.

Do you renounce his ways?
Yes, I renounce them.

Do you believe in God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth?
Yes, I believe.

Do you believe in Jesus Christ, his only son, our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell, the third day he rose from the dead, he ascended into heaven, and is seated on the right hand of God, the Father almighty, whence he shall come to judge the living and the dead?
Yes, I believe.

Do you believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting?
Yes, I believe.

What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound?  By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it?  Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?  We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.

For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his.  We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin.  For one who has died has been set free from sin.  Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him.  We know that Christ being raised from the dead will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him.  For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God.  So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.

Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal bodies, to make you obey their passions.  Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness.  For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace. Romans 6:1-14

All Scripture Passages are ESV

 

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