PRAYERS FOR THE EASTER SEASON

Readings for the Sixth Week of Easter (May 17- May 23)

Acts 17:22-31 Psalm 66:8-20 1Peter 3:13-22 Revelation 21:1-4, 22-25;

22:3-5 St. John 14:15-21

 

Prayer of the Day

The Lord be with you.

AND ALSO WITH YOU.

O God, you have prepared for those who love you joys beyond understanding.

Pour into our hearts such love for you, that, loving you above all else, we may

obtain your promises, which exceed all that we can desire; through Jesus Christ

our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever

and ever. AMEN. 

 

Concluding Prayer

O God, our sovereign, our banquet, our crown: in the resurrection of your Son

you have brought us into your palace. Train us to be heirs of your throne, that we

may shield the needy 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.

 

No one has asked why there are no prayers confessing our sin in the liturgies I

have been sending to you. But I am going to tell you anyway. In 325 AD the

ecumenical (world-wide church) Council of Nicaea met to resolve the issue of the

human-divine nature of Christ. Among the canons (rules) they promulgated was

one that said that there were to be no “kneeling prayers” (confessions of sin)

during the 50 days of the Easter season. Their reasons were that Easter was a

season of such profound joy at the new life Christians receive by the resurrection

of Christ that there should be no grief or sadness over our sins because in Christ

all things are made new. We are forgiven! We should rejoice in that redemption

as the first and most important aspect of the Christian life. Besides, we have just

come through the 40 days of Lenten penitence. Now we need to celebrate the 50

days of redemption in the risen Christ!

 

Lord, open my lips.

AND MY MOUTH SHALL PROCLAIM YOUR PRAISE.

The Lord is risen!

INDEED, HE IS RISEN!

The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone.

THIS IS THE LORD’S DOING AND IT IS MARVELOUS IN OUR EYES!

 

Hymn

Jerusalem the golden, With milk and honey blest, Beneath thy contemplation Sink

heart and voice oppressed.

I know not, O I know not, What joys await us there, What radiancy of glory, What

bliss beyond compare.

 

They stand, those halls of Zion, All jubilant with song, And bright with many an

angel, And all the martyr throng.

The Prince is ever in them, The daylight is serene; The pastures of the blest Are

decked in glorious sheen.

 

There is the throne of David; And there from care released, The song of them that

triumph, The shout of them that feast;

And they who with their Leader Have conquered in the fight; Forever and forever

are clad in robes of white.

 

O sweet and blessed country, The home of God’s elect! O sweet and blessed

country That eager hearts expect!

Jesus in mercy bring us To that dear land of rest; Who art, with God the Father

And Holy Spirit, ever blest.

 

St. Bernard of Cluny, 12th century

Prayer of the Day (see above)

 

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

Silence for reflection.

 

Words from the Fathers of the Early Church

“But if you have some fondness for this body, and you are sorry to be unyoked

from what you love, do not be in despair about this. For although this bodily

covering is dissolved by death, you will see it woven again from the same

elements, not indeed with its present course and heavy texture, but with thread

re-spun into something subtler and lighter, so that the beloved body may be with

you and be restored to you again in better and even more lovable beauty.” “On

the Soul and the Resurrection”, chapter 10, St. Gregory of Nyssa

 

“God said to Moses, ‘I am the God of Abraham and the God of Isaac and the God

of Jacob.’ God ‘is not the God of the dead’, of those who will never be again.

Rather, he is the God of the living, whose souls live in his hand and whose bodies

will, by the resurrection, live again. And David, the ancestor of God, says to God,

‘You shall take away their breath, and they shall fail and return to their dust’. See

how it is a question of their bodies. Then he adds, ‘You shall send forth your

Spirit, and they shall be created; and you shall renew the face of the earth’”. St.

John of Damascus on Psalm 104:27-30.

 

A Reflection

Ultimately, heaven is not about finding earthly pleasures such as we might find

in a theme park or fine restaurant, but about finding our true selves. We need to

be changed inside, to become our true selves, so that heaven will actually be

“heavenly” to us. As C.S. Lewis once wrote, ‘Heaven offers nothing that a

mercenary soul can desire. It is safe to tell the pure in heart that they shall see

God, for only the pure in heart want to’. If Christ has not begun to change and

purify our hearts so that we love God more than we love human pleasure, heaven

will contain nothing that could please us. If we have begun to change inside so

that we leave behind our false selves and love God, then heaven will be all that

we could desire. For those who can say, “For me to live is Christ” (Philippians

1:21), heaven will be a weight of glory beyond all comparison, for heaven will be

full of Christ. “ Rev. Fr. Lawrence Farley

 

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)

 

The Blessing

 Let us bless the Lord.

  THANKS BE TO GOD.

 

A Prayer in Time of Pandemic

Lord Jesus Christ, in your loving kindness you travelled through towns and

villages, curing every disease and healing every illness. Come to us now in the

midst of this terrible pandemic, that we may experience your healing love. Stop

the spread of this disease. Heal all those who are now suffering from it. Protect

us from its lethal harm. Strengthen us by your own strength. Take away our fear

and anxiety that we may help our neighbors in their need. Help all who have lost

jobs and livelihood and restore them to comfortable prosperity. Protect by your

grace all doctors and nurses, medical technicians and hospital personnel, EMTs

and first responders and all who are caring for the sick. Guide those who are

working to find treatments and cures for this disease. Bless their work and let it

come to speedy fruition. Protect and keep safe all those who are carrying out

essential work that we may have the necessities of life: grocery clerks, mail

carriers, police and fire fighters, utility and repair workers, pharmacists, and

technicians. Give rest and comfort to the families of those who are afflicted with

Covid-19. Defend them from this illness. Help them to put their trust in you and

to commit their loved ones to your healing care. Comfort all those who mourn,

for you are Lord of life and at the last, by the mighty resurrection of your Son, you

will deliver us all from death into everlasting life. We glorify you together with

your eternal Father and your holy and life-giving Spirit, now and ever and unto

ages of ages. 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.

Now is Christ risen from the dead and become the first fruits of them that slept.

For as by a man came death, by a man has also come the resurrection of the

dead.

FOR AS IN ADAM ALL DIE, SO IN CHRIST SHALL ALL BE MADE ALIVE.

 

Hymn

Come away to the skies, my beloved, arise

And rejoice in the day thou wast born;

On this festival day, come exulting away,

And with singing to Zion return.

 

For the glory we were first created to share,

Both the nature and kingdom divine!

Now created again that our lives may remain,

Throughout time and eternity Thine.

 

We with thanks do approve the design of that love

Which hath joined us to Jesus’ name;

So united in heart, let us nevermore part,

‘Til we meet at the feast of the Lamb

                                               American Folk Hymn

 

Prayer of the Day (see above)

 

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

Silence for reflection.

 

“Set me as seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm; for love is as strong as

death, passion as fierce as the grave. Its flashes are flashes of fire, a raging flame.

Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it. If one offered for

love all the wealth of his house, it would be utterly scorned”.

 

Song of Solomon 8:6-7

“Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing

from the throne of God and the Lamb, through the middle of the street of the

city. On either side of the river is the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit,

producing its fruit each month; and the leaves of the tree are for the healing of

the nations. Nothing accursed shall be found there anymore. But the throne of

God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him; they will see

his face, and his name will be on their forehead. Revelation 22:1-5

 

Reflection:

According to a custom that is as old as the human race, a sign carried on the

forehead is a sign of belonging. Slaves, especially, often had such a sign branded

on their foreheads (or cheeks, or arms); it told others who their owner was. In

the sacrament of baptism Jesus who suffered and died and conquered on the

 

cross takes possession of the children whom their parents have brought to him.

The children will belong to him not as slaves used to belong to their masters, but

they will belong to Christ the way lovers belong to each other. Balthasar Fischer

 

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.

 

A Prayer for the Evening

Abide with us, O Lord, for it is toward evening and the day is far spent; abide

with us and with your whole church. Abide with us in the evening of the day, in

the evening of our life, in the evening of the world. Abide with us and with all

your faithful ones, O Lord, in time and eternity. 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 glad of heart be ev’ry one!

  The fight is fought, the day is won,

  The Christ is set upon the throne.

 

  Who on the rood was crucified,

  Who rose again, as at this tide,

  In glory to the Father’s side.

 

  Who baffled death and harrowed hell

  And led the souls that love him well

  All in the light of lights to dwell.

 

  To Him we lift our heart and voice

  And in His paradise rejoice

  With harp and pipe and happy voice.

 

  Then rise, all Christian folk, with me

  And carol forth the One-in-Three

  That was and is and is to be.

                                            Carol, 14th century

 

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

“Unto Me?” I do not know you –

Where may be your house?

 

“I am Jesus – Late of Judea –

Now – of Paradise”-

 

Wagons – have you – to convey me?

This is far from Thence –

“Arms of Mine – sufficient Phaeton –

Trust Omnipotence”-

 

I am spotted – “I am Pardon”-

I am small – “The Least

Is esteemed in Heaven the Chiefest –

Occupy my House”-                                         Emily Dickenson, 19th century

 

 

Emily Dickinson, 19th century

Bible Verse of the Day

Contact Us

Address
2370 N.E. Catawba Road
Port Clinton, Ohio 43452
Phone
(419) 797-4628