Cry out with joy to GOD, all the Earth, Alleluia,

O sing to the glory of the NAME, O render glorious praise, Alleluia,

Say to GOD, “How tremendous Your deeds! Alleluia, Alleluia!”



 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 glad in it, alleluia!


Gentle Shepherd, Living Bread, Christ arisen from the dead,

Be our Paschal Feast today As we sing for joy and say:  ALLELUIA!


Christ, our Mother, gives us birth as new people for the Earth,

With his Body feeds his own, nursing us ’til we are grown, ALLELUIA!


“Peace to you,” our Shepherd said, Then he blessed and broke the bread,

Passed the cup of Paschal wine Filling us with life divine: ALLELUIA!


Gate through which your sheep are led, Pasture where your sheep are fed,

Altar, Priest and Sacrifice: Love alone that will suffice: ALLELUIA!


Shepherd, Mother, Sheepfold-Gate, Call by name to all who wait:

“Come and follow, join the strife; Take the Way that leads to life: ALLELUIA!”

Text: The Daily Feast ; Tune:  CHRIST IST ERSTANDEN 77.77.4


Evening Psalmody


O Jesus, Gentle Shepherd, and Living Bread,

feed us, guide us to the land of everlasting life.

O Love you are my Shepherd,

there is nothing I shall want.

Fresh and green are the pastures where you give me repose.


You have prepared me a banquet

in the face of all that I fear,

my head you have anointed with precious oil and my cup is overflowing.


Surely goodness and kindness

shall follow me all my days,

in the Heart of your Love shall I dwell, forever and ever.

Psalm 23: Tobias Colgan, OSB, alt.



Antiphon Two

O Adonai, you have broken my bonds

and now I offer you a sacrifice of praise. Alleluia, Alleluia!

Psalm 97/98

 Sing a new song to Adonai,

the God of wonderful deeds;

whose right hand and holy arm

have brought salvation.


God has made the victory known

and has revealed justice to the nations,

Remembering both truth and love

for the house of Israel.


All the ends of Earth have seen

the salvation of our God.

Shout to Adonai, O Earth,

ring out your joy!


Sing praise to God with the harp,

with strings and the sound of music.

With trumpets and the sound of the horn

acclaim our Sovereign God!


Let the sea and its creatures roar,

the world and all its creatures.

Let the rivers clap their hands

and the hills ring out  their joy

at the presence of Adonai, who comes,

who comes to rule the Earth.


God will rule the world with justice

and govern the peoples with fairness.


Glory to the ONE and to the WORD

And to the BREATH of Love;

as always before,

so now and evermore. Amen.

O Adonai, you have broken my bonds

and now I offer you a sacrifice of praise. Alleluia, Alleluia!


Canticle from the Book of Revelation


Jesus stood in the midst of his disciples and said:

Peace be with you, Alleluia! 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! Alleluia!

READING          I Peter 2:21-25

Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example

that you should follow in his steps.

“He committed no sin; no guile was found upon his lips.”

When he was reviled, he did not revile in return;

when he suffered, he did not threaten;

but he trusted in the One who judges justly.

He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree of the cross,

that we might die to sin and live to righteousness and justice.

By his wounds you have been healed.

For you were straying like sheep,but now you have now returned to the shepherd and guardian of your souls.



R.  The Good Shepherd has risen * alleluia, alleluia!.  

V. He gave his life for his sheep and deigned to die for his flock *alleluia, alleluia! 

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

Gospel Canticle


“I am the Shepherd of the sheep;
I am the way, the Truth and the Life.

I am the Good Shepherd, and I know mine, and mine know me. 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

“I am the Shepherd of the sheep;
I am the way, the Truth and the Life.

I am the Good Shepherd, and I know mine, and mine know me. Alleluia!



Litany of Intercession

O Good Shepherd, you know and call each of us by name;

~ lead us to the green pastures of living in health and harmony with  the rest of your beloved creation.


O Good Shepherd, you seek those who are lost and gently carry them back to the fold;

~lead us out of our comfort and complacency to find and welcome those wandering aimlessly.


O Good Shepherd, you have given yourself to us as a Banquet in the face of all we fear;

~may our sharing of the Eucharist and of each meal transform us into Bread for the World.


O Good Shepherd, you provide so much more than we need that our cups overflow;

~free us to share all that we have so that all people and all creation may flourish.


O Good Shepherd, you lead your sheep through darkness and death into God’s marvelous light;  ~ bring us through the gate of self-giving love to the fullness of life.

Prayer of Jesus

Our Dear Abba in heaven, holy be your name, your Kin-dom 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.  Do not bring us to the test but deliver us from evil; for the Kin-dom the power and the glory are yours now and forever.  Amen.    

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 Good Shepherd call us by name to follow him through the gates of self-emptying love into the pastures of abundant life now and forever.   Amen


May the Good Shepherd who laid down his life for the sheep + bless us and lead us to everlasting life, 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.

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.