III EASTER Monday

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ALLELUIA!
Invitation to  Worship

Our Love is truly risen!  Alleluia! Alleluia!

 

O Holy One,+ open my lips.

~And my mouth will proclaim your praise.

 

Adonai, you search me and you know me, alleluia;

~You know my resting and my rising, alleluia!

 

Hymn for Easter Mornings

Our Justice, Christ, resplendent sun, from prison tomb bursts forth in light;

within us joy and gladness dance for Christ is risen in his might.

 

From death to life we have been raised, from earth to heaven we are led;

for Christ our resurrection joy is truly risen from the dead.

 

Let all the heavens burst with joy, let all the earth with song resound!

Let all creation join the dance for Christ is risen, death is bound!

 

Come share the endless reign of Christ; the hallowed chosen day has come!

Drink freely of the fresh new wine; there’s joy enough for everyone!

 

O Abba, Word and Spirit–spring in Whom we have been born anew,

our Earth is filled with Paschal light; ours is the joy in praising you.  Amen.

Text: Aelred-Seton Shanley, alt. ; Tune: NEW JERUSALEM L.M. Mode III

 

 

PSALMODY

Antiphon

I will praise You, Adonai, for You know me through and through;

you guard my resting and my rising, Alleluia! Alleluia!

Psalm 138/139

You search me, Adonai, and you know me.

You know my resting and my rising,

You read my inmost thoughts;

You note when I walk or lie down,

all that I do is clear to you.

 

Before a word slips from my tongue,

You, Adonai, know what I will say.

You close in on me

pressing your hand upon me.

All of this is wonderful beyond words–

too much for me to understand!

 

Where can I hide from You?

How can I escape your presence?

If I scale the heavens, You are there!

If I plunge to the depths, You are there!

 

If I take wings and fly toward the dawn,

or settle far across the sea,

even there You hold me securely;

your right hand directs my life.

 

If I think that night will hide me

and darkness will give me cover,

It turns out that darkness is not dark;

for You night shines like the day:

darkness and light are one.

 

You created every part of me,

knitting me together in my mother’s womb.

For such handiwork, I  praise you:

How awesome is this great  wonder!

I see it now so clearly!

 

You watched every bone taking shape  in secret,

forming in the hidden depths.

You saw my body grow,

all according to your design.

You recorded all the days of my life,

before they ever began.

 

To me how mysterious your thoughts!

How vast and beyond all numbers.

If I count they are more than the sand;

to finish I mus t be eternal like You!

 

Search my heart and probe me, O God!

Test and judge my thoughts.

Watch lest I follow crooked paths,

Guide me in the way that  leads to life!

 

Glory to the ONE and to the WORD

and to the BREATH of Love.

As always before

so now and evermore. Amen.

I will praise You, Adonai, for You know me through and through;

you guard my resting and my rising, Alleluia! Alleluia!

 

READING   I Peter 1:3-5

Blessed be the God and Abba of our Love, Jesus Christ!  With such great mercy God 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 ready for all who are being protected by the power of God’s love through faith in the salvation to be revealed in the final age.

 

Responsory

R.  Baptized into union with Christ, we have all put on Christ as a garment

* we are all one person in Christ Jesus our Lord, Alleluia, Alleluia!  

V. There is no such thing as Jew and Greek, slave and free, male and female:

*we  are all one person in Christ Jesus our Lord.  Alleluia, Alleluia!  

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

 

Canticle of Zachariah

Antiphon

Do not work for food that perishes
but for the food that endures for eternal life:
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 work for food that perishes
but for the food that endures for eternal life:
Alleluia!  Alleluia!

 

 

 SERVICE OF PRAYER

Litany of Intercession

O Risen Christ, help us to proclaim your resurrection

~ by dismantling the institutions and structures of racism, classism, and other forms of injustice.

 

O Risen Christ, help us to proclaim your resurrection,

~by searching for truth and sharing with others the fruit of our contemplation.

 

O Risen Christ, help us to proclaim your resurrection,

~by counseling those who have lost faith or hope.

 

O Risen Christ, help us to proclaim your resurrection,

~by comforting the sorrowful and consoling those who grieve the loss of loved ones.

 

O Risen Christ, help us to proclaim your resurrection,

~by showing patience to those who irritate us and forgiving those who offend us.

 

O Risen Christ, help us to proclaim your resurrection,

~by living sustainably in harmony with Mother Earth and all your beloved creation. 

 

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 the way to 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 Light and Life 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!