Pray With Us

Leader: We have travelled a long way over many weeks from

             Ash Wednesday.

All:     And we gather to celebrate all that has been good.

Leader:  We have told the story of Jesus’s suffering & death,

              & remembered how the disciples were scattered in despair.

All:    We celebrate Christ risen from the dead.   

Leader: We have been silent, unable to respond to the failure,

             The disappointment of Good Friday.

All:     But now we have found our voices, we know our

         hope. We have good news, alleluia!   

Please join in the hymn.

The Lord is alive, alleluia! He dwells in our midst, alleluia!

Give praise to his name throughout all the world, alleluia! alleluia!


He gives us great joy, alleluia! He fills us with hope, alleluia!

He comes as our food, he gives us our life, alleluia! alleluia!


So let us rejoice, alleluia!  Give praise to the Lord, alleluia!

He showed us his love, by him we are saved, alleluia! alleluia!


The Lord is alive, alleluia!  So let us proclaim, alleluia!

The Good news of Christ throughout all the world, alleluia! alleluia!


Christ Jesus has died, alleluia!  Christ Jesus is ris’n, alleluia!

Christ Jesus will come again as the Lord, alleluia! alleluia!


Sing praises to God, alleluia!  Who reigns without end, alleluia!

The Father, the Son, & Spirit – all one, alleluia! alleluia!


Please sing the psalms & their antiphons as indicated.

Cantors:       The Lord has delivered his people,


Side 1:    With my whole heart I praise the Lord among the just.

               Great are God’s works, a delight to explore.

Side 2:  In splendour, in majesty, God’s justice will stand.

          Who can forget God’s wonders?

Side 1:    A God, merciful & kind, who nourished the faithful,

              Upheld the covenant, revealed mighty deeds, giving them the land of pagans.

Side 2: Faithful, just & true are all God’s decrees:

         Each law in its place, valid for ever.

Side 1:  The Lord redeems the faithful, decrees a lasting covenant.

             Holy & awesome is God’s name.

Side 2: Fear of the Lord is wisdom’s crown, wise are those who live by it.

         Praise the Lord 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:   The Lord has delivered his people,





Please read the canticle & its antiphon as indicated.

All: Blessed are you, great God of the universe.

Side 1: Blessed are you, great God of the universe.  You give us of your

           very Self in Jesus.  In your abundant mercy we have been born

           anew to a living hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the

          dead.  In this hope we rejoice even in the midst of trials, trials

          that test the metal of our faith, more precious than gold refined in

          the fire, a faith that will resound with gratitude & praise when with

          all creation we see Christ face to face.

All: Blessed are you, great God of the universe.

Side 2: Without having seen you, we love you, we believe in you & rejoice

            in unutterable joy.  Your power guards us, your compassion saves

           us, your glory fills us; you promise an inheritance that nothing can

           destroy.  Blessed are you, great God of the universe.

All: Blessed are you, great God of the universe.


Reading: John 20. 19-21 which will be followed by a short pause for personal reflection.

On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came & stood among them & said, ‘Peace be with you’.  After he said that, he showed them his hands & side.  The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.  Again Jesus said, ‘Peace be with you.  As the father has sent me, so I am sending you’.


We sing the Easter Acclamation.



All:   This is the day, this is the day, this is the day which

was made by the Lord. 

Let us rejoice, rejoice & be glad, rejoice & be glad. 

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!


We say the Magnificat antiphon & then sing the canticle.

All: On the evening of that Sunday, when the disciples were

     gathered behind locked doors, Jesus came & stood

     among them.  He said to them, ‘Peace be with you, alleluia!

Side 1:         My being proclaims your greatness,

And my spirit finds joy in you, God my Saviour;

Side 2:     For you have looked upon me, your servant, in my lowliness:

All ages to come shall call me blessed.

Side 1:         God, you who are mighty, have done great things for me:

Holy is your name.

Side 2:     Your mercy is from age to age

Towards those who fear you.

Side 1:         You have shown might with your arm,

And confused the proud in their inmost thoughts.

Side 2:     You have deposed the mighty from their thrones,

And raised the lowly to high places.

Side 1:         The hungry you have given every good thing,

While the rich you have sent away empty.

Side 2:     You have upheld Israel, your servant,

Ever mindful of your mercy-

Side 1:         Even as you promised our ancestors,

Promised Abraham, Sarah, and their descendants 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: On the evening of that Sunday, when the disciples were

     gathered behind locked doors, Jesus came & stood

     among them.  He said to them, ‘Peace be with you, alleluia!


Intercessions: Please pray silently or aloud for intentions close to your

                           heart at this time.

Reader:        We pray for people who have died today – for those who will die tonight…….. – We also remember in prayer those whose anniversaries occur tomorrow, remembering especially…….


Leader  begins the Our Father….

Leader:        As we continue in our celebration of your Son’s resurrection & your presence amongst us, we pray to be ever more alert to that presence & to all the signs of the Resurrection in today’s world & its people. 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:        May God grant us every day good news to share-

All:          News of encounter, of reconciliation, shared life, peace.

Leader:        May we find in Jesus always the light necessary to illuminate

                    our way & the way of others –

 All:         Light which shows a direction, which opens new paths,

              which invites us to go together, which points towards the

              same horizon. 

Leader:        May the Holy Spirit be our strength every day, the breath

                    which carries everything –

All:              Strength to create, to resist, to love, to serve, to live in

              harmony & plenitude with created things. Amen.

Cantors:       Go in the peace of Christ, Alleluia! Alleluia!

All:          Thanks be to God, Alleluia! Alleluia!