Pray With Us

 

We will have some reflective music as we gather together to help us become aware of the presence of God amongst us. (icons Tr 6)

 

 

Leader:        Risen Lord, in our weakness,

All:          Come to us in strength.

Leader:        Risen Lord, in our blindness,

All:          We come to you for sight.

Leader:        Risen Lord, in our longing for the Kingdom,

All:          We approach you, King of Kings.

Please enjoy listening to an old Easter hymn ‘O Filii & Filiae’ – (O sons & daughters) Eternal Light CD track 27.

 

 

We will sing the psalm & its antiphon as indicated.

Cantors:     Your sorrow will turn to joy, Alleluia!

Side 1:    When God restored us to freedom, it was like a dream!

              Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues sung out our joy.

Side 2: Then they said among the nations, ‘God has done great things for them’!

         Yes, God has done great things for us & we are overjoyed.

Side 1:   Lead us back to our home, O God, like streams to a thirsty land.

             Let those who wept as they sowed their seed gather a harvest of joy.

Side 2: Those who went out weeping carrying seed to be sown

         Will go back home full of song, holding their harvest high.

All:        Give praise to the Father Almighty,

            To his Son Jesus Christ our Lord,

                To the Spirit who dwells in our hearts,

            Both now and for ever, Amen.

All:   Your sorrow will turn to joy,

      Alleluia!

 

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We will read the canticle & its antiphon as indicated.

All: From him, through him, & in him are all things that exist:

    to him be glory for ever & ever, amen.

Reader 1:   Blessed are you, creator God, who dreamed of humankind & brought us into being,

from the foundation of the world to the end of time & the mystery of beyond,

that we should become whole transfigured & made holy by your presence.

Reader 2:  You destined us in love to be your sons & daughters in

 Christ, according to the purpose of your will:

so we praise you for your cascading grace,

freely lavished upon us in the beloved.

Reader 1:  In Christ you have freed us at great cost, that we too may dissolve great evil & live.

The spirit of forgiveness flows through our veins, retaliation & vengeance wither away.

The riches of your grace are a sumptuous feast:

all humankind is invited to your table.

Reader 2: For you have made known to us the mystery of your will,

your purpose to unite all things in Christ, the ceaseless web & matter & energy,

through the earth & the stars of the universe, so that all may resound in

heavenly music, from glory to glory for ever.

All: Give praise to the Father Almighty, to his Son Jesus

Christ our Lord, to the Spirit who dwells in our hearts,

Both now and for ever, amen.

All:        From him, through him, & in him are all things that exist: to him be glory for ever & ever, amen.

 

Reading:       Jas 3: 17-18

The wisdom that comes down from above is essentially something pure; it makes for peace and is kindly and considerate; it is full of compassion and

shows itself by doing good.  There is no trace of partiality or hypocrisy in it. Peacemakers when they work for peace sow the seeds which will bear fruit

in holiness.

After some moments of silent reflection, let us pray any intercessions we have perhaps, in this Easter season, focusing on the theme of the reading:

Wisdom & all its fruits, concluding with

Reader:        Let us remember any of the Catherines we know & whom we

                   wish to name before God…………………………………………

 

Leader:    Catherine became a teacher in the Church of God, alleluia, alleluia!

All:          Catherine became a teacher in the Church of God, alleluia, alleluia!

Leader:    The Lord filled her with the spirit of wisdom and understanding.

All:          Catherine became a teacher in the Church of God, alleluia, alleluia!

Leader:    Glory be to the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit –

All:          Catherine became a teacher in the Church of God, alleluia, alleluia!

Please sing the Magnificat & its antiphon as indicated.

Cantors: At all times & in all places, Catherine sought God.

She found him & was united to him in love, alleluia!

Side 1:  My soul glorifies the Lord,

My spirit rejoices in God my Saviour.

Side 2:  He looks on his servant, in her lowliness:

Henceforth all ages will call me blessed.

Side 1:   The almighty works marvels for me:

Holy is his name.

Side 2:   His mercy is from age to age

On those who fear him.

Side 1:   He puts forth his arm in strength

And scatters the proud-hearted.

Side 2:  He casts the mighty from their thrones,

And raises the lowly.

Side 1:   He fills the starving with good things,

Sends the rich away empty.

Side 2:  He protects Israel, his servant,

Remembering his mercy-

Side 1:   The mercy promised to our fathers,

To Abraham & his sons for ever.

All:         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.

All:        At all times & in all places, Catherine sought God. 

             She found him & was united to him in love, alleluia!    

 

Reader:        We pray for people who have died today – for those who will die tonight – and for those whose anniversaries of death occur tomorrow, remembering especially:

 

Leader begins the Our Father….

Leader:        Lord God, we pray that the prominent position that Catherine held in the Church, & the recognition given to her in creating her a Doctor, may encourage women in our time to work to take up leadership roles within our Church & world & for such openings to become increasingly available.  We make our prayer through Christ our Lord who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever.

All:          Amen

Leader:  Blessed are you, spring, season of resurrection, sacrament of promise.

Like Jesus you rise out of the darkness,

leaving around you a wake of new life.

Blessed are you, Spring, season of hope & renewal – wordless poem about all within us that can never die.

Each Easter you, Risen Christ, amaze us with the miracle of resurrection and we ask its blessings of peace, joy & hope.

All:    Amen.