PRAYERS FOR THE EASTER SEASON 

Readings for the Fifth Week of Easter (May 10- May16) Acts 7:55-60 Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16 1Peter 2:2-10 St. John 14:1-14 

Prayer of the Day 

The Lord be with you. 

AND ALSO WITH YOU. Almighty God, your Son Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Give us grace to love one another, to follow in the way of his commandments, and to share his risen life; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. AMEN. 

Concluding Prayer 

O God, our grove, our lover, our well: in the resurrection of your Son you have brought us into your garden. Marry us now and forever, and give us to eat from the tree of life; through Jesus 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. The Lord is risen! 

INDEED, HE IS RISEN! As an apple tree among the trees of the wood; 

SO IS MY BELOVED AMONG YOUNG MEN. With great delight I sat in his shadow, 

AND HIS FRUIT WAS SWEET TO MY TASTE. He brought me to the banqueting house; 

AND HIS INTENTION TOWARD ME WAS LOVE. Song of Solomon 2:3-4 

He is the Way. Follow Him through the Land of Unlikeness, You will see rare beasts, and have unique adventures. 

He is the Truth. Seek him in the Kingdom of Anxiety; You will come to a great city that has expected your return for years. He is the Life! Love him in the World of the Flesh; And at your marriage all its occasions shall dance for joy. . W. H. Auden

 

Prayer of the Day (see above) 

Reading: (Select one of the readings for the fifth week of Easter.) 

Silence for reflection. 

Come, my Way, my Truth, my Life; Such a Way, as gives us breath: Such a Truth, as ends all strife; And such a Life, as killeth death. 

“The Call” George Herbert, 1593-1633 

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. 

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 

Open, O doors and bolts of my heart, that Christ the King of Glory may enter! ENTER, O MY LIGHT, AND ILLUMINE MY DARKENSS. Enter, O my Life, and quicken my deadness; ENTER, O MY PHYSICIAN, AND HEAL MY WOUNDS. Enter, O Divine Fire, and burn up the thorns of my sins; IGNITE MY HEART AND SPIRIT WITH THE FLAME OF YOUR LOVE. 

Enter, O my King, and destroy in me the dominion of sin and death; MAKE MY HEART YOUR THRONE AND RIGN IN ME FOREVER, O MY KING AND LORD. AMEN. 

St. Dimitri of Rostov 

AN ORDER FOR PRAYER IN THE EVENING O Lord, come to our assistance; O LORD, HASTEN TO HELP US. Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive power and wealth and honor and glory and blessing! 

TO THE ONE SEATED ON THE THRONE AND TO THE LAMB BE BLESSING AND HONOR AND GLORY AND MIGHT FOREVER AND EVER. AMEN. 

Hymn 

The tree of life my soul has seen, Laden with fruit, and always green: The trees of nature fruitless be Compared with Christ the apple tree. HIS BEAUTY DOTH ALL THNGS EXCEL: BY FAITH I KNOW, BUT NE’ER CAN TELL THE GLORY WHICH I NOW CAN SEE IN JESUS CHRIST THE APPLE TREE. 

For happiness I long have sought. And pleasure dearly I have bought: I missed of all; but now I see ‘Tis found in Christ the apple tree. I’M WEARY WITH MY FORMER TOIL, HERE I WILL SIT AND REST A WHILE: UNDER THE SHADE I WILL BE, OF JESUS CHRIST THE APPLE TREE. 

This fruit doth make my soul to thrive, It keeps by dying faith alive; Which makes my soul in haste to be With Jesus Christ the apple tree. 

American Folk Hymn, 18th century 

 

Prayer of the Day (see above) 

Reading: (Select one of the readings for the fifth week of Easter.) 

Silence for reflection. 

Reflection: 

Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid; For the Lord God is my strength and my song, and has become my salvation. With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation. Isaiah 12:2 

A Reflection “Someone was drawing water and my teacher placed my hand under the spout. As the cool stream gushed over one hand she spelled into the other the word water, first slowly and then rapidly. I stood still, my whole attention fixed upon the motion of her fingers. Suddenly I felt a misty consciousness of something forgotten – the thrill of returning thought; and somehow the mystery of language was revealed to me. I knew that w-a-t-e-r meant the wonderful cool something that was flowing over my hand. That living word awakened my soul, gave it light, hope, joy set it free.” 

Helen Keller 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. 

A Prayer of St. Augustine 

Keep watch, O Lord, with those who work or watch or weep this night, and give your angels charge over those who sleep. Tend the sick, O Lord Christ. Give rest to the weary. Bless the dying. Soothe the suffering. Pity the afflicted. Shield the joyous. And all for your love’s sake AMEN. 

Concluding Prayer (see above) 

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

AMEN. 

A Psalm in Times of Trouble 

You who dwell in the shelter of the Most High, abide under the shadow of the Almighty. You shall say to the Lord, “You are my refuge and my stronghold, my God in whom I trust. GOD SHALL DELIVER YOU FROM THE SNARE OF THE HUNTER AND FROM THE DEADLY PESTILENCE. GOD’S PINIONS WILL COVER YOU, AND YOU SHALL FIND REFUGE UNDER THE WINGS OF THE LORD, WHOSE FAITHFULNESS SHALL BE A SHIELD AND BUCKLER. 

You shall not be afraid of any terror by night or the arrow that flies by day; of the plague that stalks in the darkness nor the sickness that lays waste at mid-day. A THOUSAND SHALL FALL AT YOUR SIDE AND TEN THOUSAND AT YOUR RIGHT HAND, BUT IT SHALL NOT COME NEAR YOU. YOUR EYES HAVE ONLY TO BEHOLD TO SEE THE REWARD OF THE WICKED. 

Because you have made the Lord your refuge, and the Most High your habitation, there shall no evil happen to you, neither shall any plague come near your dwelling. FOR THE LORD SHALL GIVE HIS HOLY ANGELS CHARGE OVER YOU, TO KEEP YOU IN ALL YOUR WAYS. THEY SHALL BEAR YOU UP IN THEIR HANDS, LEST YOU DASH YOUR FOOT AGAINST A STONE. 

You shall tread upon the lion and the adder; you shall trample the young lion under your feet. Because they are bound to me in love, therefore I will deliver them; I will protect them because they know my name. THEY SHALL CALL UPON ME, AND I WILL ANSWER THEM; I AM WITH THEM IN TROUBLE; I WILL RESCUE THEM AND BRING THEM HONOR. WITH LONG LIFE I WILL SATISFY THEM, AND SHOW THEM MY SALVATION. 

Psalm 91 An Easter Hymn 

Now the green blade rises from the buried grain, Wheat that in the dark earth many days has lain; Love lives again, that with the dead has been; Love is come again like wheat arising green. 

Forth He came at Easter, like the risen grain, Jesus who for three days in the grave had lain. Quick from the dead my risen Lord is seen: Love is come again like wheat arising green. 

When our hearts are wintry, grieving, or in pain, Christ’s warm touch can call us back to life again. Fields of our hearts that dead and bare have been: Love is come again like wheat arising green. 

An Ancient Prayer for the Unity of the Church 

Lord God, well-spring of all love, fathomless sea of kindness and grace, make us co-heirs of your peace, and kindle in us the bright flames of your love. Make us one in reverence for your name, and strengthen us in the confession of your truth. Unite us to yourself and to one another in firm and unbreakable bonds of peace, that we, one in heart and soul on earth, may be one in the eternal feast of your joy. There we shall glorify you, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, in your everlasting Kingdom. AMEN. 

A Poem 

Holla, the incarnate Son Hath come to earth and fought and won. Lullay, he lieth in a tomb And for my soul he findeth room. Lullay, I rest in him, Weary spirit and weary limb. 

Holla, we rise; He leadeth me after him through the skies. Holla, we compass about and hem The golden Jerusalem. Holla, we enter in Because my friend hath not known sin. Hallelujah, I see the Lord God and all is well; Lillay, I rest in him. “The Shout” Adam Fox

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