EASTER MORNING PRAYER

christ-resurrection

ALLELUIA!
Invitation to  Worship

Alleluia!  Christ is risen!  Alleluia!

 

O Holy One,+ open my lips.

~And my mouth will proclaim your praise.

 

This is the day Adonai has made, alleluia;

~Let us rejoice and be glad in it, alleluia!

 

Hymn for Easter Sunday

Come, ye faithful, raise the strain Of triumphant gladness;

God has now brought Israel Into joy from sadness.

Loosed from Pharaoh’s bitter yoke Jacob’s sons and daughters;

Led them with unmoistened foot Through the Red Sea’s waters.

 

‘Tis the spring  of souls today: Christ has burst his prison,

And from three day’s sleep in death As a Sun is risen;

All the winter of our sins, Long and dark, is flying

From his Light, to whom we sing joy and praise undying.

 

Now the queen of seasons, bright With the day of splendor,

With the royal Feast of Feasts, Comes its joy to render;

Comes to glad Jerusalem Who with true affection

Welcomes in unwearied strains Jesus’ resurrection!

Text: St. John of Damascus, (ca. 750) Tr. JM Neale ); Tune: GAUDEAMUS PARITER 76.76.D

 

 

PSALMODY

Antiphon

The splendor of Christ, Risen from the dead,

has shown on the people redeemed by his blood.  Alleluia!

Psalm 117/118

Give thanks,  Adonai is good,

God’s love endures for ever!

Now let Israel say:

“God’s love endures forever!”

 

Let the house of Aaron say,

“God’s love endures forever!”

Let all who revere Adonai say,

“God’s love endures forever!”

 

In distress, I called to Adonai

who answered and set me free.

Adonai is with me, I am not afraid;

What can they do to me?

Adonai, my Help, is with me,

I can face all that I fear.

 

Better to trust in Adonai

than rely on human help.

Better to trust in Adonai

than rely on generous hearts.

 

When all that I fear surrounded me

your Presence,  Adonai overwhelmed them;

When they surrounded me completely

your Presence overwhelmed them;

When they surrounded me like bees,

and blazed like a brushwood fire,

in your strong Presence I faced them!

 

I was pushed to falling,

but you, Adonai, gave me help.

My strength, my song is Adonai,

who has become my savior.

 

Glad songs of victory sound

from the tents of the just.

With right hand raised on high,

Adonai is strong to save.

 

I shall not die but live

to tell all that Adonai has done.

I was struck down and dwelling in darkness

but not doomed to die.

 

Open to me the gates of truth and justice,

let me praise God within them.

This is Adonai’s own gate,

which only the just may enter.

I thank you for you answered me,

and you became my savior.

 

The stone rejected by the builders

has become the cornerstone.

This is the work  of  Adonai,

it is amazing and wonderful in our eyes.

 

This is the day Adonai has made,

let us rejoice and be glad.

Adonai, give us the victory!

Adonai, grant us success!

 

Blest is the one who comes,

who comes in the Name of Adonai.

We bless you from the house of our God.

Adonai Elohim is our light:

adorn the altar with branches.

 

I  will thank you, my God,

I will praise you highly.

Give thanks, Adonai is good,

God’s love endures forever.

 

Glory to the ONE and to the WORD

And to the BREATH of Love;

as always before,

so now and evermore. Amen.

The splendor of Christ, Risen from the dead,

has shown on the people redeemed by his blood.  Alleluia!

Antiphon Two

Our Redeemer has risen from the tomb;

let us sing a hymn of praise and exalt Adonai forever.  Alleluia!

Psalm 22/23

You, O LOVE, are my shepherd,

There is nothing more I need.

Fresh and green are the pastures,

Where you take me to rest;

Leading  me near calming waters

You renew my drooping spirit.

 

You guide me in the path of goodness,

Always true to your Loving-kindness.

If I walk in the valley of death’s darkness

No evil would I fear

You are there with your shepherd’s staff

To strengthen, guide and give comfort.

 

You spread a feast before me

In the presence of all that I fear,

You soothe my head with oil;

My cup is more than full.

 

Your goodness and love will tend me

All the days of my life.

I will dwell in the Heart of your Love

For ever and ever.

 

Glory to the ONE and to the WORD

and to the BREATH of Love.

As always before

so now and evermore. Amen.

Antiphon Three

Alleluia!  The Lord is truly risen as he promised. Alleluia!

Psalm 150

Praise God in the holy place,

praise in the mighty heavens.

Praise God’s powerful deeds

praise the surpassing greatness.

 

O praise with sound of trumpet,

praise with lute and harp.

Praise with timbrel and dance,

praise with strings and pipes.

 

O praise with resounding cymbals,

praise with clashing of cymbals.

Let everything that lives and that breathes

give praise to Adonai!

Alleluia!  The Lord is truly risen as he promised. Alleluia!

READING   I Corinthians 5:6-8

Brothers and sisters:
Do you not know that a little yeast leavens all the dough?
Clear out the old yeast, so that you may become a fresh batch of dough,
inasmuch as you are unleavened.  For our paschal lamb, Christ, has been sacrificed.
Therefore, let us celebrate the feast,  not with the old yeast, the yeast of malice and wickedness,  but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

 

Responsory

R.  This is the day Adonai has made * alleluia, alleluia!.  

V. Let us rejoice and be happy today *alleluia, alleluia! 

V.  Glory to the Abba and the Word and the Holy Breath of Love.

 

Canticle of Zachariah

Antiphon

Do not be afraid!

You seek Jesus who was crucified.

He is not here; he has been raised again,

as he said he would be. Alleluia! Alleluia!

Blessed + be Adonai, the God of Israel,

Who visits this people to set us free

Raising for us a sign of salvation

In the house and family of David.

 

God promised throughout past ages

In words of holy prophets

To save us from our enemies,

And from the control of our oppressors.

 

Adonai favored our ancestors

And remembered the sacred covenant.

The pledge to Abraham and Sarah

Is now renewed for us;

 

That freed from the grip of our foes

We might worship without fear

And be both just and holy

For the rest of our days.

 

And you, child, called “prophet of the Most High,”

Will go ahead to prepare the way,

By teaching this people of salvation

Through forgiveness of their sins.

 

For the loving compassion of the Holy One

As the Rising Sun will shine upon us

To illumine the darkness and dispel death’s shadow

To Guide our feet on the way of peace.

 

Glory to the ONE and to the WORD

And to the BREATH of Love!

As always before,

so now and evermore.  Amen

Do not be afraid!

You seek Jesus who was crucified.

He is not here;he has been raised again,

as he said he would be. Alleluia! Alleluia!!

 

 

 

 SERVICE OF PRAYER

Litany of Intercession

O Risen Christ, help us to proclaim your resurrection ~ by bringing good new to the poor and healing the hearts that are broken.

 

O Risen Christ, help us to proclaim your resurrection, by feeding those who  are hungry and clothing those who are naked.

 

O Risen Christ, help us to proclaim your resurrection, by releasing the captives of injustice and all those who are imprisoned in addictions and sin.

 

O Risen Christ, help us to proclaim your resurrection, by welcoming strangers and immigrants and visiting those who are lonely or in prison.

 

O Risen Christ, help us to proclaim your resurrection, by bringing your peace to those who are in trouble and your joy to those who are in sorrow.

 

 

Prayer of Jesus

Our Father…

 

Closing Prayer

We bless and thank you, O Gracious God, for all that you have done in raising Jesus from the dead. You have conquered the power of death and opened to us a way to experience the freedom, flourishing and fullness of life which your love offers to us and all of your creation.  May the Risen Christ breathe into our hearts, minds and souls, and open our eyes that we may know him in the breaking and sharing of bread and follow him in his risen life now and forever.   Amen

Blessing

May the God of Peace who raised Jesus from the dead + bless us and grant us peace.  ~Amen.

 

Let us bless Adonai, Alleluia, Alleluia!.    ~Thanks be to God, Alleluia, Alleluia!

 

Haec Dies…   This is the day the Lord has made, let us exult and rejoice in it!