PRAYERS FOR THE EASTER SEASON 

Readings for the Seventh Week of Easter (May 24- May 30) Acts 6:6-14 Psalm 68:1-10, 32-35 1Peter 4:12-14, 5:6-11 St. John 17:1-11 

Prayer of the Day 

The Lord be with you. 

AND ALSO WITH YOU. O God, your Son Jesus, prayed for his disciples and sent them into the world to proclaim the coming of your Kingdom. By your Holy Spirit, hold the church in unity, and keep it faithful to your Word, so that, breaking bread together, we may be one with Christ in faith and service, now and forever. AMEN. 

Concluding Prayer 

O God, Holy One, our altar, our cloud: in the resurrection of your Son you have brought us into your temple. Accept our sacrifices of praise and thanksgiving and draw us into the fire of your Holy Spirit. AMEN. ALLELUIA! 

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 Old Testament readings in the lectionary I have been sending you for the Easter season. But I am going to tell you anyway. In Easter season the Old Testament readings are replaced by readings from the Acts of the Apostles so that we may see what happened as a result of Jesus’ resurrection. Acts tells us how the church of Jesus Christ was formed and what it did. Remember, it’s the ACTS of the Apostles, not the ideas or ponderings of the Apostles. These readings provide direction for the sorts of things that we ought to be doing as a result of our being resurrected with Christ in our baptism. 

Lord, open my lips. 

AND MY MOUTH SHALL PROCLAIM YOUR PRAISE. The Lord is risen! 

INDEED, HE IS RISEN! 

Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, singing: TO THE ONE SEATED ON THE THRONE AND TO THE LAMB BE BLESSING AND HONOR AND GLORY AND MIGHT FOREVER AND EVER! 

Hymn

Come, Almighty, to deliver; Let us all Thy life receive; suddenly return and never, Never more Thy temples leave. Thee we would be always blessing, Serve Thee as Thy hosts above, Pray, and praise Thee without ceasing, Glory in Thy perfect love. Finish then Thy new creation, Pure and spotless let us be; Let us see Thy great salvation Perfectly restored in Thee! Changed from glory into glory, ‘Til in heaven we take our place, ‘Til we cast our crowns before Thee, Lost in wonder, love, and praise. 

Charles Wesley, 18th century Prayer of the Day (see above) 

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

Silence for reflection. 

A Poem

The world is charged with the grandeur of God. It will flame out, like shining from shook foil; It gathers to a greatness, like the ooze of oil Crushed. Why do we then now not reck his rod? Generations have trod, have trod, have trod; And all is seared with trade; bleared, smeared with toil; And wears our smudge and shares our smell: the soil Is bare now, nor can foot feel, being shod. And for all this, nature is never spent; There lives the dearest freshenss deep down things; And though the last lights off the black West went Oh, morning, at the brown brink eastward springs – Because the Holy Ghost over the bent World broods with warm breast and with ah! bright wings. 

Gerard Manley Hopkins, 19th. century 

From the Fathers of the Early Church 

What we commemorate before Easter is what we experience in this life; what we celebrate after Easter points to something we do not yet possess. This is why we keep the first season with fasting and prayer (Lent); but now the fast is over and we devote the present season (Easter) to praise. Such is the meaning of the Alleluia we sing. 

We are praising God now, assembled as we are here in church; but when we go our various ways again, it seems as if we cease to praise God. But provided we do not cease to live a good life, we shall always be praising God. You cease to praise God only when you swerve from justice and from what is pleasing to God. If you never turn aside from the good life, your tongue may be silent but your actions will cry aloud, and God will perceive your intentions; for as our ears hear each other’s voices, so do God’s ears hear our thoughts. 

St. Augustine, 4th. Century 

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 songs 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 Psalm for Unity 

Oh, how good and pleasant it is, when the community lives together in unity! IT IS LIKE FINE OIL UPON THE HEAD THAT RUNS DOWN UPON THE BEARD, UPON THE BEARD OF AARON, AND RUNS DOWN UPON THE COLLAR OF HIS ROBE. It is like the dew of Mt. Hermon that falls on the hills of Zion. FOR THERE THE LORD HAS ORDAINED THE BLESSING: LIFE FOREVERMORE. 

Psalm 133 

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 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 seventh week of Easter.) 

Silence for reflection. 

Reflection: “My soul is athrist for God, athrist for the living God; when shall I come to appear before the presence of God. 

Psalm 42:2 “In God’s home there is an everlasting party. What is celebrated there is not some occasion that passes; the choirs of angels keep eternal festival, for the eternally present face of God is joy never diminished. This is a feast day that does not open at dawn or close at sundown”. 

St. Augustine, comment on Psalm 42:2 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 

Nunc Dimittis 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. Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, NOW AND EVER AND UNTO AGES OF AGES. AMEN. 

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 for Easter/Ascension 

O sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous things. His right hand and his holy arm have gotten him victory. THE LORD HAS MADE KNOWN HIS VICTORY; HE HAS REVEALED HIS VINDICATION IN THE SIGHT OF THE NATIONS. He has remembered his steadfast love and faithfulness to the house of Israel. All the ends of the earth have seen the victory of our God. MAKE A JOYFUL NOISE TO THE LORD, ALL THE EARTH; BREAK FORTH INTO JOYOUS SONG AND SING PRAISES. Sing praises to the Lord with the lyre, with the lyre and the sound of melody. With trumpets and the sound of the horn make a joyful noise before the King, the Lord. LET THE SEA ROAR, AND ALL THAT FILLS IT; THE WORLD AND THOSE WHO LIVE IN IT. LET THE FLOODS CLAP THEIR HANDS! Let the hills sing together for joy at the presence of the Lord, for he is coming to judge the earth. HE WILL JUDGE THE WORLD WITH RIGHTEOUSNESS, AND THE PEOPLES WITH EQUITY. 

Psalm 98 An Easter Hymn 

This joyful Easter-tide, away with sin and sorrow! My love the Crucified, has sprung to life this morrow. 

Had Christ, who once was slain, not burst his three day prison, our faith had been in vain. 

But now has Christ arisen, arisen, arisen, arisen. 

My flesh in hope shall rest and for a season slumber Til trump from east to west shall wake the dead in number. Had Christ, who once was slain, not burst his three day prison, our faith had been in vain. 

But now has Christ arisen, arisen, arisen, arisen. 

Death’s flood has lost its chill Since Jesus crossed the river. Lover of souls, from ill my passing soul deliver. Had Christ, who once was slain, not burst his three day prison, our faith had been in vain. 

But now has Christ arisen, arisen, arisen, arisen. 

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 Prayer for the Seventh Sunday of Easter Almighty God, your blessed Son, our Savior Jesus Christ, ascended far above all heavens that he might fill all things. Mercifully give us faith to trust that, as he promised, he abides with us on earth to the end to time; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. AMEN.

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