In the Church of England, at least, the Easter Sunday mass is the primary communion service of the year. All members of the church are supposed to take communion at Easter even if they do not receive it at any other time of the year. The problem is that the standard eucharistic prayers, from which the president will choose for Sunday's service, do not, in my opinion, suit the day in the slightest. Our eucharistic prayers are all about "the night before he died" and on Easter Sunday we should forget about all that for a while as we really have had enough seriousness already. All the words of the liturgy, for this one day, should be about resurrection and the living Christ. Therefore, I suggest we pretty much ditch the eucharistic element of the Easter service as it stands and replace it with a new liturgy that should be built around an actual feast for the church family and its guests. And definitely dancing afterwards.



  1. I just had a look at the communion service for Easter Sunday in the Methodist Worship Book, which we’ll probably be using on Sunday. It barely mentions the Last Supper, there’s nothing about ‘the night before he died’ at all, and thoughout it emphasises the good news of the Resurrection. I do agree with what you say about a proper Easter feast though!

  2. I am sure we could come up with some sort of Eucharistic prayer that said something like, “celebrating the feast He gave to us,” instead of the entire Holy Thursday story. If we did that, we could easily write a resurrection liturgy that would make sense.

    In any case, I think you are on to something, it really does have to be about celebration.

    On our side of the pond, the Easter Vigil which marks the end of Holy Saturday and the beginning of Sunday ( while often ignoring the clock ) is, “the principal service of the Church Year.” The same liturgical thought however is worth thinking over.

    Blessed Triduum!