OCTAVE OF EASTER

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Quasi modo geniti infantes, Alleluia;

rationabiles, sine dolo lac concupiscite, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia! 

SERVICE OF LIGHT

Greeting/Invocation

 We light the EASTER CANDLE and say or sing:

Christ our Light!

~Thanks be to God!

 

This is the day Adonai has made, alleluia!

~Let us rejoice and be happy today, alleluia!

 

HYMN FOR OCTAVE OF EASTER

ALLELUIA! ALLELUIA! ALLELUIA!

 

O Sons and Daughters, let us sing!

The Love of Heaven, to whom we sing,

O’er death today rose triumphing.  Alleluia!

 

That night th’apostles met in fear;

When in their midst Our Love did appear,

And said, “My peace be on all here.” Alleluia!

 

When Thomas, first the tidings heard,

How they had  seen the risen Lord,

He doubted the disciples’ word. Alleluia!

 

“My wounded side, O Thomas, see;

Behold my hands, my feet,” said he,

“Not faithless, but believing be.” Alleluia!

 

No longer Thomas  then denied,

He saw the feet, the hands, the side;

“You are my Lord and God,” he cried.  Alleluia!

 

On this most holy day of  days,

To  God  your  hearts and  voices raise,

With joy and jubilee and praise.  Alleluia!

Text: O FILII ET FILIAE ,J. Tisserand (+1494))  tr. J.M. Neale,, alt ; Tune:  O Filii et Filiae 888 with  refrain.

SERVICE    OF THE WORD

Evening Psalmody

Antiphon

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Psalm 109/110

Adonai, to the One who will reign:

“Come and be My companion;

We will undo selfishness and sin.”

 

The Spirit will bring from Zion

The power and strength to save:

Love changing foes into friends.

 

Precious from the day of your birth

on the holy mountain;

from the womb before the dawn I begot you.

 

The Promise holds true forever:

Your ministry is Loving-Kindness–

A priest like Melchizedek of old.

 

Companions of the Most High are ready

To liberate all who suffer from evil.

 

The One who calls us to justice

Invites us to join in the struggle:

Enlightening all who are unaware of the truth.

 

Drink from streams of Living Water,

Lift your head and celebrate the feast.

 

Glory to the ONE and to the WORD

and to the BREATH of Love,

as always before,

so now and evermore, Amen.

 Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

 

 

REMEMBRANCE OF BAPTISM: Procession to the Font

 

Antiphon

God brought out this people with shouts of rejoicing.  Alleluia!  Alleluia!

Psalm 113a/114

When Israel came out from Egypt

Jacob’s children from a foreign country

Judah became the holy place for Adonai

Israel became the place where God reigns.

 

The sea fled at the sight

the Jordan turned back on its course,

the mountains leapt like rams

and the hills like yearling sheep.

 

Why was it sea, that you fled?

that you turned back, Jordan, on your course?

Mountains, why did you leap like rams

and you hills, like yearling sheep?

 

Tremble, O Earth, before Adonai,

in the presence of the God of Love,

Who turns the rock into a pool

and flint into a spring of water.

 

Glory to the ONE and to the WORD

and to the BREATH of Love!

As always before,

so now and evermore.  Amen

 

 Procession to the cross

Canticle from the Book of Revelation

Antiphon

Jesus stood in the midst of his disciples and said:

Peace be with you, Alleluia!

Refrain:  Alleluia, Alleluia!

Salvation, glory and power to our God, Alleluia!

Whose judgments are honest and just:  Alleluia, Alleluia!

 

Praise our God, all you who serve Adonai, Alleluia!

Those living with reverence and awe, small and great. Alleluia, Alleluia!

 

Adonai Elohim, the Almighty reigns, Alleluia!

Let us rejoice and exult, giving God the glory. Alleluia, Alleluia!

 

The marriage of the Lamb has come, Alleluia!

And his bride has made herself ready. Alleluia, Alleluia!

 

She has been given for her clothing, Alleluia!

Fine linen glistening and pure.  Alleluia, Alleluia!

 

Glory to the Abba and the Son and the Holy Breath of Love.

As always before, so now and evermore.  Amen. Alleluia, Alleluia!

Jesus stood in the midst of his disciples and said:

Peace be with you, Alleluia!

READING          ACTs 2: 42-44

They devoted themselves to the teaching of the apostles and to the communal life,
to the breaking of bread and to the prayers.
Awe came upon everyone, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles.
All who believed were together and had all things in common;
they would sell their property and possessions
and divide them among all according to each one’s need..

 

 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.

Gospel Canticle

Antiphon

Jesus came a second time among them and said:

“Peace be with you.”  Then he said to Thomas:

“Take a good look at my hands and my feet, for it is really I.” Alleluia, alleluia!

Canticle of Mary

My heart + is radiant with the Lord,

My whole being delights in God my Savior.

 

All people now will call me blessed

For God has loved this humble handmaid.

The Almighty has shown me great favor

Holy is the NAME,

 

Whose mercy embraces the faithful,

From one generation to the next.

The mighty arm of God,

Scatters the proud in their own conceit,

 

Pulls tyrants from their thrones

While lifting up the lowly:

Fills the famished with bounty,

And reveals the emptiness of riches.

 

Rescues lowly Israel,

Sharing such loving kindness,

As promised to our ancestors

To Abraham and Sarah, and their descendants forever.

 

Glory to the One and to the Word

And to the Holy Breath of Love

As always before

So now and evermore. Amen

Jesus came a second time among them and said:

“Peace be with you.”  Then he said to Thomas:

“Take a good look at my hands and my feet, for it is really I.” Alleluia, alleluia!

 

SERVICE OF PRAYER

Litany of Intercession

O Risen Love, you appeared first to women and made them the first apostles and evangelists of the Resurrection; ~may the many gifts you have given to women for leadership and service be recognized and affirmed in communities of faith and in civic and economic life.

 

O Risen Love, you appeared to the disciples huddled in fear and breathed on them the life-force of your loving Spirit; ~may each of us inhale your gift of forgiveness, permit it to transform our hearts, and then join you in breathing forgiveness and compassion into this world gasping for life.

 

O Risen Love, you revealed yourself to dejected and despondent disciples in the simple-yet-sacred act of breaking-and-sharing bread; ~may we recognize the sacred in every part of our lives and the power of your presence in the sharing of all your gifts that nourish and sustain life.

 

O Risen Love, you revealed yourself to Thomas as the One-Who-Had-Been-Slain, and to Saul as the One-Who-Is-Being-Persecuted; ~may we recognize you in all those who  have been wounded by scapegoating, oppression, marginalization, imprisonment, addictions, depression and disillusionment.

 

O Risen Love, with every appearance you blessed your disciples deep peace, profound joy, and the end of fear; ~ may our celebration of these great 50 Days of Easter extend these blessings to all our sisters and brothers and all of 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 the freedom, flourishing and fullness of life which your love offers to us and all of your creation.  May the Risen Christ open our eyes and breathe into our hearts that we may recognize him in the wounds of the world, 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 Life who brought Jesus through death to new life+ bless us with Peace and Joy, Alleluia!  ~Amen, Alleluia!

 

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

 

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Those who wish may end evening prayer with the Marian Antiphon for the Easter Season.

Regina Caeli laetare, alleluia!

Quia Quem meruisti portare, alleluia!

Resurrexit sicut dixit, alleluia!

Ora pro nobis Deum, alleluia!

 

Rejoice and be glad, O

Virgin Mary, Alleluia!

For our Love is truly risen, Alleluia!

 

Let us pray.

Holy, Immortal and Mighty God, you have brought joy to the world by raising Jesus from the dead. By the prayers of Mary his Mother, and of all the myrrh-bearing women,

raise us up with Jesus and bring us to the fullness of life.  We ask this through the same Jesus Christ, our Risen Love.  Amen.