S. Stephen's Church
in Providence
"Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God." (Acts 7:56)
EASTER DAY:
THE RESURRECTION
OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST
4 April 20210
Rafaello Sanzio da Urbino, 'Raphael,' "Resurrection of Christ," 1499-1502,
Kalendar and Readings
THE GREAT VIGIL OF EASTER
Please note that the vigil will not be streamed online.

EASTER SUNDAY (YEAR B)
Psalm 118

Click the readings above for links to the RSV
Music
Brass Voluntary: Canzone of Giovanni Battista Grillo (1570 - 1622) and Gioseppe Guami (1542 - 1611)

Mass: Missa Resurrectionis, Gerre Hancock (1934 - 2012)

Psalm 118, Confitemini Domino, Anglican Chant, Percy W. Whitlock (1903 - 1947)

Motet: Regina Caeli, Gregor Aichinger (1564 - 1628)

Voluntary: Canzon 9 "La Battera," Costanzo Antegnati (1549 - 1624)

St. Dunstan Brass
Schola Cantorum
James Busby, D.Mus, Organist and Choirmaster
A Word from the Rector
Greetings in the name of our Risen Lord! Grace and peace be with you.

This Easter will undoubtedly have added poignancy as this may be the first time for some, if not many, that they have been in church since the pandemic started in March 2020. Though we are not out of it yet, this particular Holy Week and Easter are coinciding with a bright beam of promise on our collective horizon that life as we knew it pre-pandemic is within our grasp.

However, even as we rejoice with those being vaccinated, and give thanks for being able to gather together in worship safely, we must also remember and pray for those who did not live to see another Easter in their mortal life. Only a year ago, many of us were huddled inside our homes and frightened by all the uncertainty around COVID-19 and aghast at the scenes unfolding at hospitals and mortuaries. Frankly, it was in a way like the first Easter: a terrible trauma had been suffered by the disciples, and they hid indoors, terrified for their very lives, uncertain as to what the future held. Yet even as they beheld with joy their Risen Savior, the pain and trauma of Good Friday remained: Death and Resurrection are two sides of the same coin, are they not? One cannot exist without the other. And so even as we cry out “Alleluia!” it is a word that perhaps carries more weight this year – it gives voice to a joy that knows grief and loss but trusts that hope and love will always prevail.

It is that same truth that lies at the very center of all that we celebrate around Holy Week and Easter: love wins. Love will always prevail. We celebrate the fact that God’s love for us has triumphed – a love so strong that in dying it defeated death. We sing of the Love that has caused the universe to be whole and restored. We extol the Love that has redeemed us, and we praise the Love that has given us eternal life.

Yours in the Love of our Risen, Ascended, and Glorified Lord,

Fr. Benjamin+
Easter Morning at S. Stephen's
We are deeply grateful for the opportunity to gather in person for our Easter Sunday worship this year. To aid our planning, we are requesting that anyone interested in attending our services in person on Easter Sunday fill out this short form. A copy is also available on the homepage of the website. Thank you in advance for your help.
Easter Day Zoom Hour
Join us for Virtual "Coffee Hour" via Zoom after Easter Mass this Sunday by clicking herePlease do note that we will be gathering at noon for this time of socialization, rather than the usual 11:30.
Giving to St. Stephen's
You can mail your pledge card or weekly/monthly offering to the church office, or pledge online here. Thank you for all the many ways in which you are already supporting S. Stephen’s. 
For your Prayers
Prayers have been requested for: Richard Budlong, Lola Campagna, Ruby Campagna, Fr. Norman Catir, Diana Clarke, Sarah Clarke, Harrington Gordon, Joan Gordon, Barbara Hartford, Fr. Jay C. James, Conrad Johnson, Ann Brooke Mason, Beverly Myers, Rhoda Steinhart, Crystal Sylver, Luca Turrisi, and Christopher Whittingham.

Birthdays this week: Richard Noble (4/4).

The faithful departed:
Year's mind: Tanya Jones (4/5), Kathryne Farnum Ripley (4/6), Paul Joseph Conley (4/8).

Anglican Cycle of Prayer: In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we are asked to pray for the peace of Jerusalem.
This Week at St. Stephen's
EVENTS THIS WEEK
Thursday 8 April
Executive Committee Meeting (via Zoom) 6:30 pm

Saturday 10 April
Society of Mary book discussion & meeting (Zoom link available)
Epiphany Soup Kitchen (Meal Pickup Only)  2:30-4 pm

LITURGICAL CALENDAR & SERVICE SCHEDULE
All Services Streamed on our Facebook Page

Sunday 4 April
EASTER SUNDAY
Morning Prayer & Low Mass 8:00 am
Sung Mass 10:00 am
Zoom Coffee Hour 12:00 pm

Daily Office and Mass Lectionary

Monday 5 April
Monday in Easter Week
Evening Prayer 5:30 pm
Low Mass 6:00 pm

Tuesday 6 April
Tuesday in Easter Week
Noonday Prayer 12 noon
Low Mass 12:10 pm

Wednesday 7 April
Wednesday in Easter Week
Sung Evening Prayer 5:30 pm
Low Mass 6 pm

Thursday 8 April
Thursday in Easter Week
Noonday Prayer 12 noon
Low Mass 12:10 pm

Friday 9 April
Friday in Easter Week
Noonday Prayer 12 noon
Low Mass 12:10 pm

Saturday 10 April
Saturday in Easter Week
Morning Prayer 9:30 am
Low Mass 10:00 am
Holy Rosary 10:30 am
Society of Mary meeting 11:00 am (Zoom link available)

Next Sunday
THE SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER
Morning Prayer & Low Mass 8:00 am
Children's Church School Zoom 9:00 am
Sung Mass 10:00 am