PRAYERS FOR THE EASTER SEASON

Readings for the Second Week of Easter (April 19-25)                                                                                                                                                            Acts 2:14a, 22-32 Psalm 16 1Peter 1:3-9 St. John 20:19-31

Prayer of the Day                                                                                                                                                                                                               The Lord be with you.                                                                                                                                                                                                          AND ALSO WITH YOU.                                                                                                                                                                                            Almighty and Eternal God, the strength of those who believe and the hope of those who doubt,may we who have not seen, have faith and receive the fullness of  Ch rist’s blessing, who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. AMEN.

Concluding Prayer                                                                                                                                                                                                                O God, our bread, our milk and our honey: in the resurrection of your Son you have brought us to your table. Feed us with your plenty, and enlarge our table to include all the hungry; through Christ our Lord. AMEN.

                                                                         AN ORDER FOR PRAYER IN THE MORNING                                                                                             Try to use either the Morning or Evening Prayer liturgies three times a week. New readings and prayers will be sent each week of the seven week Easter season. Lord, open my lips.                                                                                                                                                                                                              AND MY MOUTH SHALL PROCLAIM YOUR PRAISE.                                                                                                                                                        Alleluia! The Lord is risen!                                                                                                                                                                                                   HE IS RISEN INDEED! ALLELUIA!                                                               

 Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep.                                                                                                                FOR SINCE BY A MAN CAME DEATH, BY A MAN HAS COME ALSO THE RESURRECTION OF THE DEAD.                                                                                        For as in Adam all die,                                                                                                                                                                                                     SO ALSO IN CHRIST SHALL ALL BE MADE ALIVE. ALLELUIA!

Prayer of the Day (see above)

Reading: (Select one of the readings for the first week.)                                                                                                                                                     Silence for reflection.

The Apostle’s Creed is said on Sundays and optionally on other days. 

Prayers may be offered for ourselves and others, concluding with prayers for the end of the pandemic.

The Lord’s Prayer

The Concluding Prayer (see above)

Blessing:                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Bless the Lord.                                                                                                                                                                                                               THANKS BE TO GOD. 

A Prayer in the Time of Pandemic

Almighty God, save our nation in this crisis. Enlighten those responsible for the common good, so that they might know – as you do – how to care for all those who look to them for help and comfort in this dangerous time. Heal those who are suffering from the virus. Grant wisdom and resourcefulness to those seeking the equipment needed to care for those who have the disease. Protect and sustain those who are spending themselves caring for those who are sick, even at the cost of their own health: volunteers, technicians, nurses, doctors, EMTs. Bless with your protection all those who are reaching out to help others in this trying time. Bless your church: In these dark days make her a sign and instrument of Christ’s light, healing, and grace. Be with families, and especially with children and the elderly: grant that none be left in desperation from abandonment or discouragement. Spare those who are most fragile; encourage those who falter; intercede for the poor. By the power of your life-giving Holy Spirit free the world from the peril of pandemic. We ask this in Christ’s name.                                               AMEN.

Another Prayer in Time of Pandemic

 Gracious God, for all who have contracted the corona virus, we pray for care and healing.                                                                                                     For those who are particularly vulnerable, we pray for safety and protection. For all who experience fear or anxiety, we pray for peace in mind and spirit. For effected families who are facing difficult decisions between food on the table or public safety, we pray for policies that recognize their plight.                                 For those without adequate health insurance, we pray they will not face financial burdens alone.                                                                                               For our brothers and sisters around the world, we pray for safety and healing. For public officials and decision-makers, we pray for wisdom, humility, selflessness and guidance.                                                                                                                                                                                                                Father of all, during this crisis may your church be a sign of hope, comfort and love to all. Let the light of the Risen Christ fall on all of us in this dark time. Grant us peace, grant us comfort, grant us faith, grant us healing, You who are always with us, through Jesus Christ our risen Lord. AMEN.

A Prayer When we cannot come to Holy Communion                                                                                                                                                             O Lamb of God, in union with the faithful at every Table of your Church, my heart offers you praise and thanksgiving. I love you above all things, and earnestly desire to receive you into my life, body and soul. And although I cannot receive you now in the Holy Sacrament, I invite you into my heart. By your Holy Spirit may my life be fed on the spiritual food that is your life, death, and resurrection until I can once more come to your Table and know you in the breaking of the Bread. Amen.

A Prayer for our place of Worship                                                                                                                                                                                       O Holy One, may all that makes our particular church sacred space for us – the Table, the Fount, the Cross, the Pulpit, the reredos, the windows, the pews, the Bibles and the hymnals, the candles and our customs, the love and prayers of all who have gone before us – may each of these tend this space for us, hold our prayers and our presence, our sorrows and our tears, our song and our silence, so that when we gather again in this holy place we may celebrate a new rolling away of the stone and shout our “Alleluias”. AMEN.

A Responsive Prayer for Eastertide                                                                                                                                                                                        O Christ, in your resurrection, the heavens and the earth rejoice. Alleluia!                                                                                                                                By your resurrection you broke open the gates of hell, and destroyed sin and death. KEEP US VICTOIOUS OVER SIN AND DEATH.                                                By your resurrection you raised the dead, and brought new life to the world. GUIDE US IN THE WAY OF ETERNAL LIFE.                                                              By your resurrection you confounded your guards and executioners and filled your disciples with joy. GIVE US JOY AS WE SHARE IN YOUR LIFE AND IN YOUR SERVICE. By your resurrection you proclaimed good news to the myrrh-bearing woman and to the apostles, and brought salvation to the whole creation. DIRECT OUR LIVES AS YOUR NEW CREATION.                                                                                                                                                                             God of mercy, we no longer look for Jesus among the dead, for he is alive and has become the Lord of life. From the waters of our baptism you raise us with him and renew your gift of life within us. Increase in our minds and hearts the risen life we share with Christ, and help us to grow as your people toward the fullness of eternal life with you, through Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. AMEN.

AN ORDER FOR PRAYER IN THE EVENING                                                                                                                                                                The Lord is risen!                                                                                                                                                                                                      INDEED HE IS RISEN!                                                                                                                                                                                                        Lord Jesus Christ, by your cross you destroyed death. To the condemned criminal you opened paradise; for the myrrh-bearing women you changed weeping into joy; you commanded Mary Magdalene to proclaim to the disciples that you are risen, granting the world great mercy; to Thomas you granted a renewed faith. Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ, glory to you.                                                                                                                                                                        AMEN.

Prayer of the Day (see above)

Reading: (Select one of the readings for the first week.)                                                                                                                                                 Silence for reflection.

Lord, you now have set your servant free to go in peace as you have promised; FOR THESE EYES OF MINE HAVE SEEN THE SAVIOR WHOM YOU HAVE PREPARED FOR ALL THE WORLD TO SEE;                                                                                                                                                                                            A light to enlighten the nations; AND THE GLORY OF YOUR PEOPLE ISRAEL.

Prayers may be offered for ourselves and others, concluding with prayers for the end of the pandemic.

Concluding Prayer (see above)

Blessing: The Almighty and merciful Lord, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, bless us and keep us.                                                                                                    AMEN.

Bible Verse of the Day

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