Christ our Light!

~Thanks be to God!


When I called, you answered me, alleluia!

~And you increased the strength of my soul, alleluia!


Hymn for Eastertide

We who once were dead
Now live, fully knowing
Jesus as our head.
Life is overflowing
When he breaks the bread.


We were lost in night,
But you sought and found us.
Give us strength to fight;
Death is all around us.
Jesus be our light.


He became our bread;
Jesus died to save us.
On him we are fed,
Eating what he gave us,
Rising from the dead.


Let us share the pain
You endured in dying;
We shall then remain
Living; Death defying,
We shall rise again.


Jesus, you were dead,

but you rose and, living,

made yourself our bread,

in your goodness giving

life, though we were dead.


Text & Tune: Muus Jacobse & Rik Veelenturf; MIDDEN EN DE DOOD





We have a great High Priest, Jesus, the Son of God.

He has taken his seat at the right hand

of the throne of majesty in the heavens, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Ephesians 1:3-10

Praised be the God and Abba
of our Lord Jesus Christ,
who has bestowed on us in Christ
every spiritual blessing in the heavens.


God chose us in Christ
before the world began
to be holy and blameless,
to be full of love.


God predestined us
to be adopted children through Jesus Christ,
such was the will and pleasure,
that all might praise the glorious favor
God has bestowed on us in the Beloved.


In Jesus and through his blood,

we have been redeemed,
and our sins forgiven,
so immeasurably generous
is God’s favor to us.


God has given us the wisdom
to understand fully the mystery,
the plan he was pleased to decree in Christ.
A plan to be carried out in Christ, in the fullness of time,
to bring all things into one in him,
in the heavens and on earth.


Glory to the One and to the Word

and to the Breath of Love

As always before,

so now and evermore, Amen.

We have a great High Priest, Jesus, the Son of God.

He has taken his seat at the right hand

of the throne of majesty in the heavens, Alleluia, Alleluia!



READING          Acts 16:12-15

On the sabbath we went outside the city gate along the river
where we thought there would be a place of prayer.
We sat and spoke with the women who had gathered there.
One of them, a woman named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth,
from the city of Thyatira, a worshiper of God, listened,
and the Lord opened her heart to pay attention
to what Paul was saying.
After she and her household had been baptized,
she offered us an invitation,
“If you consider me a believer in the Lord,
come and stay at my home,” and she prevailed on us.



R.  I will not leave you desolate; I will come to you, * alleluia, alleluia!  

V. I go away and I will come to you.*alleluia, alleluia! 

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





The Advocate, the Spirit of truth, will testify to me.
And you also will testify, 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

The Advocate, the Spirit of truth, will testify to me.
And you also will testify, Alleluia!




Litany of Intercession

O Jesus, Our Lover, help us to love you ~and to keep your commandments.


O Jesus, Our Mother, do not leave us orphans ~ come back to dwell in our hearts.


O Jesus, Our Way, show us the path to freedom ~and lead us to abundant life.


O Jesus, Our Truth, open our eyes, our minds and our hearts ~that we may seek and find you.


O Jesus, our Life, send us the Advocate, the Gift of your Abba ~ the Holy Spirit of Truth.



Prayer of Jesus

Our Father…


Rogation Days Prayer & Blessing

Send forth Your Spirit and they shall be created, Alleluia!

~And You will renew the face of the earth, Alleluia!


Favor us O God with your blessing, Alleluia;

~And our earth shall yield her fruit, Alleluia!

Let us pray:
In your great compassion, O God of Life and Love, bless all fields, pastures, meadows and gardens and make them fertile with rains in due season.   Fill the whole Earth with your blessing, and fill your people with gratitude for these gifts. Remove all infertility from the Earth and remove all  selfishness and greed from us so that  the hungry may be filled with good things, all creatures may flourish, and all creation may sing the glory of your Love both now and forever.  Amen.



May the Risen Christ who is the Way the Truth and the Life,

+ bless us with peace and guide us to abundant 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

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.