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Opening Verse

This is the day that the Lord has made.
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.

Psalm 118.24

Gathering Prayer

Be with us, Spirit of God;
nothing can separate us from your love.
Breathe on us, breath of God;
fill us with your saving power.
Speak in us, wisdom of God;
bring strength, healing and peace.

Silence

The Lord is here.
His Spirit is with us.

Prayers of Penitence

Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

Praise

Yesterday I was crucified with Christ;
today I am glorified with him.
Yesterday I was dead with Christ;
today I am sharing in his resurrection.
Yesterday I was buried with him;
today I am waking with him from the sleep of death.

Gregory of Nazianzus (389)

Bible Reading

Reflect on this, or a different passage from the bible.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy he has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who are being protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

I Peter 1.3-5

Prayers

Prayers may include these concerns

  • The people of God, that they may proclaim the risen Lord
  • God’s creation, that the peoples of the earth may meet their responsibility to care
  • Those in loneliness, despair and darkness, that they may find the hope and light of Christ
  • Those in fear of death, that they may find faith through the resurrection
  • Those looking for forgiveness
  • All who are hungry

The Collect

Risen Christ,
faithful shepherd of your Father’s sheep:
teach us to hear your voice
and to follow your command,
that all your people may be gathered into one flock,
to the glory of God the Father.
Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come, your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours
now and for ever. Amen.

Conclusion

Come, O Spirit of God,
and make within us your dwelling place and home.
May our darkness be dispelled by your light,
and our troubles calmed by your peace;
may all evil be redeemed by your love,
all pain transformed through the suffering of Christ,
and all dying glorified in his risen life.

May the risen Lord Jesus bless us.
May he watch over us and renew us
as he renews the whole of creation.
May our hearts and lives echo his love. Amen.

Copyright: Material taken from Common Worship © The Archbishop’s Council 2000, 2005.