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EASTER 2020

THE SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER

PRAYING WITH THE CHURCH AT HOME

Introduction to the Prayer

O God, come to our aid.

O Lord, make haste to help us.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit,

as it was in the beginning,

is now, and ever shall be,

world without end.

Amen.  Alleluia

THE PSALMS                           Psalm 65(66)

Cry out with joy to God, all the earth. Alleluia!

Cry out with joy to God all the earth,
O sing to the glory of his name.
O render him glorious praise.
Say to God: ‘How tremendous your deeds!

‘Before you all the earth shall bow;
shall sing to you, sing to your name!’
Come and see the works of God,
tremendous his deeds among men.

He turned the sea into dry land,
they passed through the river dry-shod.
Let our joy then be in him;
he rules for ever by his might.

Come and hear, all who fear God.
I will tell what he did for my soul:
Blessed be God who did not reject my prayer
nor withhold his love from me.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit,
as it was in the beginning,
is now, and ever shall be,
world without end.

Cry out with joy to God, all the earth. Alleluia!

Scripture Reading    1 Peter 3:15-18

A longer reading may be used here. The  Gospel Reading could be read.

In the body he was put to death, in the spirit he was raised to life

Reverence the Lord Christ in your hearts, and always have your answer ready for people who ask you the reason for the hope that you all have.  But give it with courtesy and respect and with a clear conscience, so that those who slander you when you are living a good life in Christ may be proved wrong in the accusations that they bring.  And if it is the will of God that you should suffer, it is better to suffer for doing right than for doing wrong.

Why, Christ himself, innocent though he was, had died once for sins, died for the guilty, to lead us to God.  In the body he was put to death, in the spirit he was raised to life.

A time of silence may follow to reflect on God’s word.

The Gospel Canticle

The Benedictus

Blessed be the Lord,+ the God of Israel!
He has visited his people and redeemed them.

He has raised up for us a mighty saviour
in the house of David his servant,
as he promised by the lips of holy men,
those who were his prophets from of old

A saviour who would free us from our foes,
from the hands of all who hate us.
So his love for our fathers is fulfilled
and his holy covenant remembered.

He swore to Abraham our father to grant us,
that free from fear, and saved from the hands of our foes, that we might serve him in holiness and justice
all the days of our life in his presence.

As for you, little child,
you shall be called a prophet of God, the Most High.
You shall go ahead of the Lord
to prepare his ways before him,

To make known to his people their salvation
through forgiveness of all their sins,
the loving-kindness of the heart of our God
who visits us like the dawn from on high.

He will give light to those in darkness,
those who dwell in the shadow of death,.
and guide us into the way of peace.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,

as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,

world without end.  Amen.

Anybody who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I shall love him and show myself to him.  Alleluia

Prayers and Intercessions.

Other petitions may be added to those given.

Let us pray to Christ, the fount of life and the source of

Father, through the victory of the cross you have lifted up Jesus from the earth;
may he draw all men to himself.

 

Lord, protect your people through the glory of Christ.

Through the exaltation of Christ send your Spirit into the Church; make her the sign of unity for the whole human family.

Lord, protect your people through the glory of Christ.

You have become the Father of men through water and the Spirit; keep them faithful to their baptism until they enter eternal life.

Lord, protect your people through the glory of Christ.

Through the exaltation of your Son raise up the sorrowful, set prisoners free, heal the sick;
may the whole world rejoice in your wonderful gifts.

Lord, protect your people through the glory of Christ.

You nourished the faithful departed with Christ’s body and blood; let them share in his glory on the day of resurrection.

Lord, protect your people through the glory of Christ.

A time of silent prayer may follow.

Please remember these people in your prayers

OurFather, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us,
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.

The Concluding Prayer of the Sunday is then said.

Almighty God,

give us the grace of an attentive love

to celebrate these days of joy

devoted to the honour of the Risen Lord.

Teach us to hold fast in our actions

to the mystery we recall in worship.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,

who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

The Lord bless us, and keep us from all evil, and bring us to everlasting life.
Amen.

 

MAKING A SPIRITUAL COMMUNION.

Even if we cannot be at mass and receive Holy Communion, we can always make a Spiritual Communion. God will always fill our hearts with his grace if we ask.

My Jesus, 
I believe that You
are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. 
I love You above all things, 
and I desire to receive You into my soul. 
Since I cannot at this moment
receive You sacramentally, 
come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You.  Never permit me to be separated from You.   Amen.

Copyright © 1996-2020 Universalis Publishing Limited: see www.universalis.com. Scripture readings from the Jerusalem Bible are published and copyright © 1966, 1967 and 1968 by Darton, Longman & Todd, Ltd and Doubleday, a division of Random House, Inc, and used by permission of the publishers. Text of the Psalms: Copyright © 1963, The Grail (England). Used with permission of A.P. Watt Ltd.  The Office Hymn is from Hymns for Prayer and Praise © The Panel of Monastic Musicians 1996. It is ised under the Parishes Calmas Liscense. All rights reserved. This service taken from the provisions for a Service of the Word in Common Worship.  The Eucharust is always the Principal Service of the day

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