II EASTER Thursday




 We light the EASTER CANDLE and say or sing:

Christ our Light!

~Thanks be to God!


Christ is risen, alleluia!

~He is risen indeed, alleluia!



Daylight fades in days when when deathless Light has robbed earth’s night of fear:

On the edge of all our twilights Easter’s angel shall appear;

When hearts broken by believing Count their faith and hope as dead,

Christ will greet them in each other And in breaking of  the bread.


Wondrous myst’ry of love’s giving! Our forgiving Abba’s Son,

Crushed in sorrow, raised to glory Death had conquered; life has won!

Once in silence he submitted, Now earth sings to him, our Light!

Fear will ever flee defeated When love makes our hearts so bright.


O Love Jesus, risen Savior, Hear our joyful hymn of praise;

grant a season of salvation, Peace, and joy these Easter days.

To our Abba and the Spirit Equal praises ever be;

Born again, we sing God’s goodness, Now and through eternity.

Text: Based in Luke 24:28-35 by Peter Scagnelli (c) 1973, alt. ; Tune:  DOMHNACH TRIONOIDE, 87.87.D


Evening Psalmody


God has called us out of darkness

into such wonderful light: Alleluia!

Psalm 110/111

I will thank Adonai with all my heart

wherever the just meet or assemble.

Great are your works O my God;

a delight to explore and ponder.


Your creation is majestic and glorious

Your justice remains forever.

Who can forget your wonders!

filled with compassion and love!


You give food  to all the faithful,

ever-mindful of your sacred covenant.

You revealed your strength to this people

by giving them land among the nations.


You rule with justice and truth;

Your decrees are helpful and certain;

each law reveals you can be trusted

and can be lived with faith and assurance.


Adonai has delivered this people

and established a covenant for ever.

Your holy Name fills us with awe!


Reverence for the Holy One is the beginning of wisdom,

wise are those who know how to live it!

Praise Adonai forever!


Glory to the ONE and to the WORD

And to the BREATH of Love!

As always before,

so now and evermore.  Amen

God has called us out of darkness

into such wonderful light: Alleluia!


READING          I Peter 2:9-10

You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people,

in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of the one who has called you out of darkness into such marvelous light.  Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have been flooded with compassion.



R.  We are a chosen race, a royal priesthood,*a holy nation, a people set apart; alleluia, alleluia!  V. Once we were not a people, but now we are God’s people *a holy nation, a people set apart; alleluia, alleluia!  V.  Glory to the Abba and the Word and the Holy Breath of Love.

Gospel Canticle


Whoever listens to my words

and believes in the ONE who sent me,

has eternal life, 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 Breath of Love

As always before

So now and evermore. Amen

Whoever listens to my words

and believes in the ONE who sent me,

has eternal life, alleluia, alleluia!



Litany of Intercession

O Risen Love, you are the Firstborn of the dead; ~may your resurrection destroy the power of death and change tears of agony into cries of joy.


O Risen Love, you are the new Springtime in our life; ~ may your resurrection cover the fields with flowers and bring the new creation into our hearts.


O Risen Love, you are the new Exodus from the land of slavery to selfishness and sin;

~ may your resurrection give us the signal for a new departure into a life of freedom and peace.


O Risen Love, you are the new Moses on the mountain;

~ may your resurrection write the new law of love on our hearts.


O Risen Love, you are the Prophet of the messianic age;

~ may your resurrection usher in the new heavens and the new Earth.


O Risen Love, you are the New Covenant sealed by your sacrifice and shared in the Paschal feast; ~ may your resurrection set our tables to share the bread of heaven and the cup of salvation.



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


May the God of Life who brought Jesus through death to resurrection+ bless us with Peace and Joy, Alleluia!  ~Amen, Alleluia!


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



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

O Queen of Heaven, be joyful, alleluia!

For He whom you have humbly borne for us, alleluia!

Has arisen, as he promised, alleluia!

Offer now our prayer to God, 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.