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EASTER 2020

PRAYING WITH THE CHURCH AT HOME

Introduction to the Prayer

Christ is risen

He is risen indeed.

The Easter Anthems

CHRIST our Passover is sacrificed for us : therefore let us keep the feast;   Not with the old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. Corinthians 5..

CHRIST being raised from the dead dieth no more death hath no more dominion over him.  For in that he died, he died unto sin once but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.    Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin but alive unto God, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 6. 9.

CHRIST is risen from the dead and become the first-fruits of them that slept.     For since by man came death by man came also the resurrection of the dead.   For as in Adam all die even so in Christ shall all be made alive. Corinthians 15, 20.

    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.

The Psalm    Psalm 113A (114)      Israel set free from Egypt

You, who have renounced this world, have also been led forth from Egypt” (St Augustine).

Come and see where the Lord was laid, alleluia.

When Israel came forth from Egypt,
Jacob’s sons from an alien people,
Judah became the Lord’s temple,
Israel became his kingdom.

The sea fled at the sight:
the Jordan turned back on its course,
the mountains leapt like rams
and the hills like yearling sheep

Why was it, sea, that you fled,
that you turned back, Jordan, on your course?
Mountains, that you leapt like rams;
hills, like yearling sheep?

Tremble, O earth, before the Lord,
 in the presence of the God of Jacob,
who turns the rock into a pool
and flint into a spring of water.

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.

Come and see where the Lord was laid, alleluia.

Short Reading    Acts 10:40-43

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

God raised Jesus to life on the third day and allowed him to be seen, not by the whole people but only by certain witnesses God had chosen beforehand.  Now we are those witnesses – we have eaten and drunk with him after his resurrection from the dead – and he has ordered us to proclaim this to his people and to tell them that  God has appointed him to judge everyone, alive or dead. It is to him that all the prophets bear this witness: that all who believe in Jesus will have their sins forgiven through his name.

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

Acts 10:40-43

This is the day which was made by the Lord: let us rejoice and be glad, alleluia.

The Gospel Canticle

Very early on the Sunday morning, just after the sun had risen, they came to the tomb, alleluia.

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.

Very early on the Sunday morning, just after the sun had risen, they came to the tomb, alleluia.

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Prayers and Intercessions.

Other petitions may be added to those given.

Let us pray to Christ, the author of life. God raised him from the dead, and he himself will raise us to life by his own power.
Christ, our life, save us.

Christ, you are the light that drives out darkness and draws people to holiness;
let us make this day a living hymn of praise.
Christ, our life, save us.

Lord, you followed the way of suffering, even to the cross;
grant that we may die with you and come to life with you.
Christ, our life, save us.

Our master and our brother, you have made us a kingdom of priests to serve God our Father;
let us offer you with joy the sacrifice of praise.
Christ, our life, save us.

King of glory, we look forward to the day of your coming,
then we shall see your face and share in your splendour.
Christ, our life, save us.

A time of silent prayer may follow.

Please remember these people in your prayers

 

Our Father, 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.

On this day, Lord God,

you opened for us the way to eternal life

through your only Son’s victory over death.

Grant that as we celebrate the feast of his resurrection

we may be renewed by your Holy Spirit

and rise again in the light of life.

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.

Let us Bless the Lord, Alleluia, Alleluia

Thanks be to God Alleluia Alleluia.

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

 

 

EASTER 2020

PRAYING WITH THE CHURCH AT HOME

A MINI EASTER VIGIL

This time of prayer should ideally take place late on Holy Saturday or very early on Sunday morning.  But it can be used at other times if that is best for you.  Why not light a candle as the time of prayer begins as a symbol of the Risen Christ, who is with you.

First Reading

Exodus 14:15-15:1

The sons of Israel went on dry ground right into the sea

The Lord said to Moses,  ‘Why do you cry to me so?  Tell the sons of Israel to march on.  For yourself, raise your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea and part it for the sons of Israel to walk through the sea on dry ground.  I for my part will make the heart of the Egyptians so stubborn that they will follow them.  So shall I win myself glory at the expense of Pharaoh, of all his army, his chariots, his horsemen.  And when I have won glory for myself, at the expense of Pharaoh and his chariots and his army, the Egyptians will learn that I am the Lord.’

Then the angel of God, who marched at the front of the army of Israel, changed station and moved to their rear.  The pillar of cloud changed station from the front to the rear of them, and remained there.  It came between the camp of the Egyptians and the camp of Israel.  The cloud was dark, and the night passed without the armies drawing any closer the whole night long.

Moses stretched out his hand over the sea.  The Lord drove back the sea with a strong easterly wind all night, and he made dry land of the sea.  The waters parted and the sons of Israel went on dry ground right into the sea, walls of water to right and to left of them.  The Egyptians gave chase: after them they went, right into the sea, all Pharaoh’s horses, his chariots, and his horsemen.

In the morning watch, the Lord looked down on the army of the Egyptians from the pillar of fire and of cloud, and threw the army into confusion.  He so clogged their chariot wheels that they could scarcely make headway. ‘Let us flee from the Israelites,’ the Egyptians cried.  ‘The Lord is fighting for them against the Egyptians!’

‘Stretch out your hand over the sea,’ the Lord said to Moses, ‘that the waters may flow back on the Egyptians and their chariots and their horsemen.’

Moses stretched out his hand over the sea and, as day broke, the sea returned to its bed.  The fleeing Egyptians marched right into it, and the Lord overthrew the Egyptians in the very middle of the sea.  The returning waters overwhelmed the chariots and the horsemen of Pharaoh’s whole army, which had followed the Israelites into the sea; not a single one of them was left.  But the sons of Israel had marched through the sea on dry ground, walls of water to right and to left of them.

That day, the Lord rescued Israel from the Egyptians, and Israel saw the Egyptians lying dead on the shore. Israel witnessed the great act that the Lord had performed against the Egyptians, and the people venerated the Lord; they put their faith in the Lord and in Moses, his servant.

It was then that Moses and the sons of Israel sang this song in honour of the Lord:

Psalm Exodus 15

Hymn of victory after crossing the Red Sea

I will sing to the Lord, glorious his triumph!

Horse and rider he has thrown into the sea!

The Lord is my strength, my song, my salvation.

This is my God and I extol him,

my father’s God and I give him praise.

The Lord is a warrior!

‘The Lord’ is his name.

The chariots of Pharaoh he hurled into the sea,

the flower of his army is drowned in the sea.

The deeps hide them; they sank like a stone.

Your right hand, Lord, glorious in its power,

your right hand, Lord, has shattered the enemy.

 

You will lead your people and plant them on your mountain,

the place, O Lord, where you have made your home,

the sanctuary, Lord, which your hands have made.

The Lord will reign

for ever and ever.

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.

Second Reading

Ezekiel 36:16-28

The word of the Lord was addressed to me as follows: ‘Son of man, the members of the House of Israel used to live in their own land, but they defiled it by their conduct and actions; to me their conduct was as unclean as a woman’s menstruation.  I then discharged my fury at them because of the blood they shed in their land and the idols with which they defiled it.  I scattered them among the nations and dispersed them in foreign countries.  I sentenced them as their conduct and actions deserved.  And now they have profaned my holy name among the nations where they have gone, so that people say of them, “These are the people of the Lord; they have been exiled from his land.”  But I have been concerned about my holy name, which the House of Israel has profaned among the nations where they have gone.  And so, say to the House of Israel, “The Lord says this: I am not doing this for your sake, House of Israel, but for the sake of my holy name, which you have profaned among the nations where you have gone.  I mean to display the holiness of my great name, which has been profaned among the nations, which you have profaned among them.  And the nations will learn that I am the Lord – it is the Lord who speaks – when I display my holiness for your sake before their eyes.  Then I am going to take you from among the nations and gather you together from all the foreign countries, and bring you home to your own land.  I shall pour clean water over you and you will be cleansed; I shall cleanse you of all your defilement and all your idols.  I shall give you a new heart, and put a new spirit in you; I shall remove the heart of stone from your bodies and give you a heart of flesh instead.  I shall put my spirit in you, and make you keep my laws and sincerely respect my observances.  You will live in the land which I gave your ancestors.  You shall be my people and I will be your God.

Psalm 41 (42)

Longing for the Lord and his temple

Like the deer that yearns

for running streams,

so my soul is yearning

for you, my God.

My soul is thirsting for God,

the God of my life;

when can I enter and see

the face of God?

These things will I remember

as I pour out my soul:

how I would lead the rejoicing crowd

into the house of God,

amid cries of gladness and thanksgiving,

the throng wild with joy.

O send forth your light and your truth;

let these be my guide.

Let them bring me to your holy mountain,

to the place where you dwell.

 

 

And I will come to the altar of God,

the God of my joy.

My redeemer, I will thank you on the harp,

O God, my God.

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.

Third Reading

Romans 6:3-11

Christ, having been raised from the dead, will never die again

When we were baptised in Christ Jesus we were baptised in his death; in other words, when we were baptised we went into the tomb with him and joined him in death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead by the Father’s glory, we too might live a new life.

If in union with Christ we have imitated his death, we shall also imitate him in his resurrection.  We must realise that our former selves have been crucified with him to destroy this sinful body and to free us from the slavery of sin.  When a Christian dies, of course, he has finished with sin.

But we believe that having died with Christ we shall return to life with him: Christ, as we know, having been raised from the dead will never die again. Death has no power over him any more.  When he died, he died, once for all, to sin, so his life now is life with God; and in that way, you too must consider yourselves to be dead to sin but alive for God in Christ Jesus.

Psalm 117 (118)

A cry of rejoicing and triumph

Give thanks to the Lord for he is good,

for his love endures for ever.

Let the sons of Israel say:

‘His love endures for ever.’

The Lord’s right hand has triumphed;

his right hand raised me.

I shall not die, I shall live

and recount his deeds.

The stone which the builders rejected

has become the corner stone.

This is the work of the Lord,

a marvel in our eyes.

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.

Fourth Reading

Matthew 28:1-10

He has risen from the dead and now he is going before you into Galilee

After the sabbath, and towards dawn on the first day of the week, Mary of Magdala and the other Mary went to visit the sepulchre.  And all at once there was a violent earthquake, for the angel of the Lord, descending from heaven, came and rolled away the stone and sat on it.  His face was like lightning, his robe white as snow.  The guards were so shaken, so frightened of him, that they were like dead men. But the angel spoke; and he said to the women, ‘There is no need for you to be afraid.  I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified.  He is not here, for he has risen, as he said he would.  Come and see the place where he lay, then go quickly and tell his disciples, “He has risen from the dead and now he is going

before you to Galilee; it is there you will see him.”  Now I have told you.’ Filled with awe and great joy the women came quickly away from the tomb and ran to tell the disciples.

And there, coming to meet them, was Jesus. ‘Greetings’ he said.  And the women came up to him and, falling down before him, clasped his feet.  Then Jesus said to them, ‘Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers that they must leave for Galilee; they will see me there.’

Hymn

The Te Deum

The Church’s ancient song of praise.

We praise you, O God:

we acclaim you as the Lord.

Everlasting Father,

all the world bows down before you.

All the angels sing your praise,

the hosts of heaven and all the angelic powers,

all the cherubim and seraphim

call out to you in unending song:

Holy, Holy, Holy,

is the Lord God of angel hosts!

The heavens and the earth are filled

with your majesty and glory.

The glorious band of apostles,

the noble company of prophets,

the white-robed army who shed their blood for Christ,

all sing your praise.

And to the ends of the earth

your holy Church proclaims her faith in you:

Father, whose majesty is boundless,

your true and only Son, who is to be adored,

the Holy Spirit sent to be our Advocate.

You, Christ, are the king of glory,

Son of the eternal Father.

When you took our nature to save mankind

you did not shrink from birth in the Virgin’s womb.

You overcame the power of death

opening the Father’s kingdom to all who believe in you.

Enthroned at God’s right hand in the glory of the Father,

you will come in judgement according to your promise.

You redeemed your people by your precious blood.

Come, we implore you, to our aid.

Grant us with the saints

a place in eternal glory.

Lord, save your people

and bless your inheritance.

Rule them and uphold them

for ever and ever.

Day by day we praise you:

we acclaim you now and to all eternity.

 

 

In your goodness, Lord, keep us free from sin.

Have mercy on us, Lord, have mercy.

May your mercy always be with us, Lord,

for we have hoped in you.

In you, Lord, we put our trust:

we shall not be put to shame.

Final Prayer

On this day, Lord God,

you opened for us the way to eternal life

through your only Son’s victory over death.

Grant that as we celebrate the feast of his resurrection

we may be renewed by your Holy Spirit

and rise again in the light of life.

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.

 

Let us Bless the Lord, Alleluia, Alleluia

Thanks be to God Alleluia Alleluia.

 

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

 

 

 

 

EASTER 2020

PRAYING WITH THE CHURCH AT HOME

THE EVENING OF EASTER DAY

 

A TIME OF REFLECTION

Why not read this Gospel, spend some time in quite to think about it, and then end with a prayer.

Luke 24:13-35

They recognised him at the breaking of bread

Two of the disciples of Jesus were on their way to a village called Emmaus, seven miles from Jerusalem, and they were talking together about all that had happened.  Now as they talked this over, Jesus himself came up and walked by their side; but something prevented them from recognising him.  He said to them, ‘What matters are you discussing as you walk along?’  They stopped short, their faces downcast.

Then one of them, called Cleopas, answered him, ‘You must be the only person staying in Jerusalem who does not know the things that have been happening there these last few days.’  ‘What things?’ he asked.  ‘All about Jesus of Nazareth’ they answered ‘who proved he was a great prophet by the things he said and did in the sight of God and of the whole people; and how our chief priests and our leaders handed him over to be sentenced to death, and had him crucified.  Our own hope had been that he would be the one to set Israel free.  And this is not all: two whole days have gone by since it all happened; and some women from our group have astounded us: they went to the tomb in the early morning, and when they did not find the body, they came back to tell us they had seen a vision of angels who declared he was alive.  Some of our friends went to the tomb and found everything exactly as the women had reported, but of him they saw nothing.’

Then he said to them, ‘You foolish men!  So slow to believe the full message of the prophets!  Was it not ordained that the Christ should suffer and so enter into his glory?’  Then, starting with Moses and going through all the prophets, he explained to them the passages throughout the scriptures that were about himself.

When they drew near to the village to which they were going, he made as if to go on; but they pressed him to stay with them.  ‘It is nearly evening’ they said ‘and the day is almost over.’ So he went in to stay with them. Now while he was with them at table, he took the bread and said the blessing; then he broke it and handed it to them. And their eyes were opened and they recognised him; but he had vanished from their sight. Then they said to each other, ‘Did not our hearts burn within us as he talked to us on the road and explained the scriptures to us?’

 

They set out that instant and returned to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven assembled together with their companions, who said to them, ‘Yes, it is true. The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon.’ Then they told their story of what had happened on the road and how they had recognised him at the breaking of bread.

 

 

PRAYER

 

O Lord,

Who by triumphing over the power of darkness prepared our place in the New Jerusalem; grant us, who have this day given thanks for your resurrection, to praise you in that city of which you are the light; where with the Father and the Holy Spirit you live and reign, now and forever. Amen.

William Bright.

 

Pour upon us, Lord, the Spirit of your love, that as we have recalled the wonder of Easter, so of your mercy may we be knit together in peace and concord. Through Christ our Lord.   Amen.

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PRAYER

O Lord,

Who by triumphing over the power of darkness prepared our place in the New Jerusalem; grant us, who have this day given thanks for your resurrection, to praise you in that city of which you are the light; where with the Father and the Holy Spirit you live and reign, now and forever.   Amen.

William Bright.

Pour upon us, Lord, the Spirit of your love, that as we have recalled the wonder of Easter, so of your mercy may we be knit together in peace and concord. Through Christ our Lord.   Amen.

Trad. Adapted from D Silk.