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NEW LIFE – THE LORD

 

V. O God, make speed to save us;
R. O Lord, make haste to help us.
Glory to the Father and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;*
as it was in the beginning, is now, and shall be for ever. Amen.

PSALMODY

Antiphon: With you is the well of life,*
and in your light we see light.

Opening (from Psalm 36)
Your love, O Lord, reaches to the heavens,*
and your faithfulness to the clouds.
Your righteousness is like the strong mountains,
your justice like the great deep;*
you save both man and beast, O Lord.
How priceless is your love, O God!*
your people take refuge under the shadow of your wings.
They feast upon the abundance of your house;*
you give them drink from the river of your delights.
Glory to the Father…

 

Psalm 30
I will exalt you, O Lord, because you have lifted me up*
and have not let my enemies triumph over me.
O Lord my God, I cried out to you,*
and you restored me to health.
You brought me up, O Lord, from the dead;*
you restored my life as I was going down to the grave.
Sing to the Lord, you servants of his;*
give thanks for the remembrance of his holiness.
For his wrath endures but the twinkling of an eye,*
his favour for a lifetime.
Weeping may spend the night,*
but joy comes in the morning.
While I felt secure, I said, ‘I shall never be disturbed.*
You, Lord, with your favour, made me as strong as
the mountains’
Then you hid your face,*
and I was filled with fear.
I cried to you, O Lord;*
I pleaded with the Lord, saying,
‘What profit is there in my blood, if I go to the Pit?*
will the dust praise you or declare your faithfulness?
Hear, O Lord, and have mercy upon me;*
O Lord, be my helper.’
You have turned my wailing into dancing;*
you have put off my sack-cloth and clothed me with joy.
Therefore my heart sings to you without ceasing;*
O Lord my God, I will give you thanks for ever.
Glory be to the Father . . .

God our Father, glorious in giving and restoring life, do not hide your face from your people overcome with loneliness and fear; turn our mourning into dancing and raise us up with your Son, that we may rejoice in your presence for ever. Amen

Conclusion (from Colossians 1)
Give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ;*
he has delivered us from the dominion of darkness.
He has transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son,*
in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of our sins.
He is the image of the invisible God,*
the first-born of all creation.
For in him all things were created,*
in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible.
He is the head of the body, the church;*
he is the beginning, the first-born from the dead.
In him all the fulness of God was pleased to dwell,*
to reconcile all things to himself,
making peace by the blood of his cross.
Glory to the Father…

 

Antiphon: With you is the well of life,*
and in your light we see light.

READING

Luke 9: 18-27
Once when Jesus was praying alone, with only the disciples near him, he asked them, ‘Who do the crowds say that I am?’ They answered, ‘John the Baptist; but others, Elijah; and still others, that one of the ancient prophets has arisen.’ He said to them, ‘But who do you say that I am?’ Peter answered, ‘The Messiah of God.’

He sternly ordered and commanded them not to tell anyone, saying, ‘The Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, chief priests, and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.’

Then he said to them all, ‘If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will save it. What does it profit them if they gain the whole world, but lose or forfeit themselves? Those who are ashamed of me and of my words, of them the Son of Man will be ashamed when he comes in his glory and the glory of the Father and of the holy angels. But truly I tell you, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see the kingdom of God.’

 

 Silence

Response (Psalm 30.1)
V. I will exalt you, O Lord, for you have lifted me up;
alleluia, alleluia.
R. I will exalt you, O Lord, for you have lifted me up;
alleluia, alleluia.
V. You have not let my enemies triumph over me.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
V. Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
R. I will exalt you, O Lord, for you have lifted me up;
alleluia, alleluia.

MAGNIFICAT

Magnificat Antiphon: I am the vine* and you are the branches, says the
Lord; alleluia!

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,*
my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour;
for he has looked with favour on his lowly servant;*
from this day all generations will call me blessed.
The Almighty has done great things for me*
and holy is his name.
He has mercy on those who fear him*
in every generation.
He has shown the strength of his arm;*
he has scattered the proud in their conceit.
He has cast down the mighty from their thrones*
and has lifted up the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things,*
and the rich he has sent away empty.
He has come to the help of his servant Israel,*
for he has remembered his promise of mercy,
the promise he made to our forebears,*
to Abraham and his children for ever.
Glory to the Father

Magnificat Antiphon: I am the vine* and you are the branches, says the
Lord; alleluia!

PRAYERS

Lord, have mercy upon us.
Christ, have mercy upon us.
Lord, have mercy upon us.

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom 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 time of trial,
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours,
now and forever. Amen.

Collects
Merciful God, you have prepared for those who love you riches beyond imagination.  Pour into our hearts such love towards you that we, loving you above all things, may obtain your promises which exceed all that we can desire; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Lord God almighty, come and dispel the darkness from our hearts, that in the radiance of your brightness we may know you, the only unfading light, glorious in all eternity. Amen.

Let us bless the Lord:
Thanks be to God!

The God of hope fill us with all joy and peace in believing:
through the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

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NEW LIFE – THE LORD

 

O Lord, open our lips:
and our mouth shall proclaim your praise.
Glory to the Father and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;*
as it was in the beginning, is now, and shall be forever. Amen.

PSALMODY

Antiphon: Christ has been raised from the dead:*
the first fruits of those who sleep.

Opening – Easter Anthems
Christ our passover has been sacrificed for us;*
so let us celebrate the feast.
Not with the old leaven of corruption and wickedness,*
but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
Christ once raised from the dead dies no more;*
death has no more dominion over him.
In dying, he died to sin once for all;*
in living, he lives to God.
See yourselves therefore as dead to sin,*
and alive to God in Jesus Christ our Lord.
Christ has been raised from the dead,*
the first fruits of those who sleep.
For as by man came death,*
by man has come also the resurrection of the dead.
For as in Adam all die,*
even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
Glory to the Father…

 

Psalm 9
I will give thanks to you, O Lord, with my whole heart;*
I will tell of all your marvellous works.
I will be glad and rejoice in you;*
I will sing to your name, O Most High.
When my enemies are driven back,*
they will stumble and perish at your presence.
For you have maintained my right and my cause;*
you sit upon your throne judging right.
You have rebuked the ungodly and destroyed the wicked;*
you have blotted out their name for ever and ever.
As for the enemy, they are finished, in perpetual ruin,*
their cities ploughed under, the memory of them perished;
But the Lord is enthroned for ever;*
he has set up his throne for judgement.
It is he who rules the world with righteousness;*
he judges the peoples with equity.
The Lord will be a refuge for the oppressed,*
a refuge in time of trouble.
Those who know your name will put their trust in you,*
for you never forsake those who seek you, O Lord.
Sing praise to the Lord who dwells in Zion;*
proclaim to the peoples the things he has done.
The avenger of blood will remember them;*
he will not forget the cry of the afflicted.
Have pity on me, O Lord;*
see the misery I suffer from those who hate me,
O you who lift me up from the gate of death;
So that I may tell of all your praises
and rejoice in your salvation*
in the gates of the city of Zion.
The ungodly have fallen into the pit they dug,*
and in the snare they set is their own foot caught.
The Lord is known by his acts of justice;*
the wicked are trapped in the works of their own hands.
The wicked shall be given over to the grave,*
and also all the peoples that forget God.
For the needy shall not always be forgotten,*
and the hope of the poor shall not perish for ever.
Rise up, O Lord, let not the ungodly have the upper hand;*
let them be judged before you.
Put fear upon them, O Lord;*
let the ungodly know they are but mortal.
Glory be to the Father . . .

Righteous Judge, hear the cries of your people.  Rescue them from the hands of their oppressors, and save them from the gates of death, that we may always rejoice in your help; through Jesus Christ our Saviour and Defender.

Conclusion (from Wisdom 10)
Wisdom freed a holy people and a blameless race,*
from a nation of oppressors.
She entered the soul of a servant of the Lord,*
and withstood fearsome rulers with wonders and signs.
To the saints she gave the reward of their labours,*
and led them by a marvellous road.
She was their shelter by day,*
and a blaze of stars by night.
She brought them across the Red Sea;*
she led them through mighty waters.
She swallowed their enemies in the waves,*
and spat them out from the depths of the sea.
Then, Lord, the righteous sang the glories of your name,*
and praised together your protecting hand.
For wisdom opened the mouths of the silent.*
and gave speech to the tongues of her children.
Glory to the Father…

 

Antiphon: Christ has been raised from the dead:
the first fruits of those who sleep.

READINGS

Deuteronomy 8: 1-10
This entire commandment that I command you today you must diligently observe, so that you may live and increase, and go in and occupy the land that the Lord promised on oath to your ancestors. Remember the long way that the Lord your God has led you these forty years in the wilderness, in order to humble you, testing you to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commandments. He humbled you by letting you hunger, then by feeding you with manna, with which neither you nor your ancestors were acquainted, in order to make you understand that one does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord. The clothes on your back did not wear out and your feet did not swell these forty years. Know then in your heart that as a parent disciplines a child so the Lord your God disciplines you. Therefore keep the commandments of the Lord your God, by walking in his ways and by fearing him. For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land, a land with flowing streams, with springs and underground waters welling up in valleys and hills, a land of wheat and barley, of vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive trees and honey, a land where you may eat bread without scarcity, where you will lack nothing, a land whose stones are iron and from whose hills you may mine copper. You shall eat your fill and bless the Lord your God for the good land that he has given you.

 

James 1: 1-15
James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ,

To the twelve tribes in the Dispersion:

Greetings.

My brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of any kind, consider it nothing but joy, because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance; and let endurance have its full effect, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking in nothing.

If any of you is lacking in wisdom, ask God, who gives to all generously and ungrudgingly, and it will be given you. But ask in faith, never doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind; for the doubter, being double-minded and unstable in every way, must not expect to receive anything from the Lord.

Let the believer who is lowly boast in being raised up, and the rich in being brought low, because the rich will disappear like a flower in the field. For the sun rises with its scorching heat and withers the field; its flower falls, and its beauty perishes. It is the same with the rich; in the midst of a busy life, they will wither away.

Blessed is anyone who endures temptation. Such a one has stood the test and will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him. No one, when tempted, should say, ‘I am being tempted by God’; for God cannot be tempted by evil and he himself tempts no one. But one is tempted by one’s own desire, being lured and enticed by it; then, when that desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin, and that sin, when it is fully grown, gives birth to death.

Silence

Response (Ps. 96.4)
V. Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised, alleluia, alleluia.
R. Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised, alleluia, alleluia.
V. He is more to be feared than all gods.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
V. Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
R. Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised, alleluia, alleluia.

BENEDICTUS

Benedictus Antiphon: I am the vine* you are the branches, says the
Lord; alleluia!

 

Blessed be the Lord the God of Israel,*
for he has come to his people and set them free.
He has raised up for us a mighty saviour,*
born of the house of his servant David.
Through his holy prophets he promised of old*
that he would save us from our enemies,
from the hands of all that hate us.
He promised to show mercy to our forebears,*
and to remember his holy covenant.
This was the oath he swore to our father Abraham:*
to set us free from the hands of our enemies,
free to worship him without fear,*
holy and righteous in his sight all the days of our life.
You my child shall be called the prophet of the Most High,*
for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way,
to give his people knowledge of salvation*
by the forgiveness of all their sins.
In the tender compassion of our God*
the dawn from on high shall break upon us,
to shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of
death,*
and to guide our feet into the way of peace.
Glory be to the Father.

PRAYERS

Lord, have mercy upon us.
Christ, have mercy upon us.
Lord, have mercy upon us.

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom 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 time of trial,
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours,
now and for ever. Amen.

Collects
Merciful God, you have prepared for those who love you riches beyond imagination.  Pour into our hearts such love towards you that we, loving you above all things, may obtain your promises which exceed all that we can desire; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

God most holy, we give you thanks for bringing us out of the shadow of night into the light of morning; and we ask you for the joy of spending this day in your service, so that when evening comes, we may once more give you thanks, through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord. Amen.

Let us bless the Lord:
Thanks be to God!

The Lord bless us and preserve us from all evil;
and bring us to life eternal. Amen.

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NEW LIFE – THE LORD

 

V. O God, make speed to save us;
R. O Lord, make haste to help us.
Glory to the Father and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;*
as it was in the beginning, is now, and shall be for ever. Amen.

PSALMODY

Antiphon: With you is the well of life,*
and in your light we see light.

Opening (from Psalm 36)
Your love, O Lord, reaches to the heavens,*
and your faithfulness to the clouds.
Your righteousness is like the strong mountains,
your justice like the great deep;*
you save both man and beast, O Lord.
How priceless is your love, O God!*
your people take refuge under the shadow of your wings.
They feast upon the abundance of your house;*
you give them drink from the river of your delights.
Glory to the Father…

 

Psalm 150
Hallelujah!
Praise God in his holy temple;*
praise him in the firmament of his power.
Praise him for his mighty acts;*
praise him for his excellent greatness.
Praise him with the blast of the ram’s-horn;*
praise him with lyre and harp.
Praise him with timbrel and dance;*
praise him with strings and pipe.
Praise him with resounding cymbals;*
PRAISE him with loud-clanging cymbals.
Let everything that has breath*
praise the Lord.
Hallelujah!
Glory be to the Father . . .

Maker of the universe, Source of all life, give us grace to serve you with our whole heart, that we may faithfully  perform your will and joyfully participate in your creation,  to the praise and glory of your name, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Conclusion (from Colossians 1)
Give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ;*
he has delivered us from the dominion of darkness.
He has transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son,*
in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of our sins.
He is the image of the invisible God,*
the first-born of all creation.
For in him all things were created,*
in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible.
He is the head of the body, the church;*
he is the beginning, the first-born from the dead.
In him all the fulness of God was pleased to dwell,*
to reconcile all things to himself,
making peace by the blood of his cross.
Glory to the Father…

 

Antiphon: With you is the well of life,*
and in your light we see light.

READING

John 21: 1-14
After these things Jesus showed himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias; and he showed himself in this way. Gathered there together were Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of his disciples. Simon Peter said to them, ‘I am going fishing.’ They said to him, ‘We will go with you.’ They went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.

Just after daybreak, Jesus stood on the beach; but the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to them, ‘Children, you have no fish, have you?’ They answered him, ‘No.’ He said to them, ‘Cast the net to the right side of the boat, and you will find some.’ So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in because there were so many fish. That disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, ‘It is the Lord!’ When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on some clothes, for he was naked, and jumped into the lake. But the other disciples came in the boat, dragging the net full of fish, for they were not far from the land, only about a hundred yards off.

When they had gone ashore, they saw a charcoal fire there, with fish on it, and bread. Jesus said to them, ‘Bring some of the fish that you have just caught.’ So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish, a hundred and fifty-three of them; and though there were so many, the net was not torn. Jesus said to them, ‘Come and have breakfast.’ Now none of the disciples dared to ask him, ‘Who are you?’ because they knew it was the Lord. Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish. This was now the third time that Jesus appeared to the disciples after he was raised from the dead.

 Silence

Response (Psalm 30.1)
V. I will exalt you, O Lord, for you have lifted me up;
alleluia, alleluia.
R. I will exalt you, O Lord, for you have lifted me up;
alleluia, alleluia.
V. You have not let my enemies triumph over me.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
V. Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
R. I will exalt you, O Lord, for you have lifted me up;
alleluia, alleluia.

MAGNIFICAT

Magnificat Antiphon: I am the vine* and you are the branches, says the
Lord; alleluia!

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,*
my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour;
for he has looked with favour on his lowly servant;*
from this day all generations will call me blessed.
The Almighty has done great things for me*
and holy is his name.
He has mercy on those who fear him*
in every generation.
He has shown the strength of his arm;*
he has scattered the proud in their conceit.
He has cast down the mighty from their thrones*
and has lifted up the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things,*
and the rich he has sent away empty.
He has come to the help of his servant Israel,*
for he has remembered his promise of mercy,
the promise he made to our forebears,*
to Abraham and his children for ever.
Glory to the Father

Magnificat Antiphon: I am the vine* and you are the branches, says the
Lord; alleluia!

PRAYERS

Lord, have mercy upon us.
Christ, have mercy upon us.
Lord, have mercy upon us.

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom 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 time of trial,
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours,
now and forever. Amen.

Collects
Merciful God, you have prepared for those who love you riches beyond imagination.  Pour into our hearts such love towards you that we, loving you above all things, may obtain your promises which exceed all that we can desire; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Lord God almighty, come and dispel the darkness from our hearts, that in the radiance of your brightness we may know you, the only unfading light, glorious in all eternity. Amen.

Let us bless the Lord:
Thanks be to God!

The God of hope fill us with all joy and peace in believing:
through the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

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NEW LIFE – THE LORD

 

O Lord, open our lips:
and our mouth shall proclaim your praise.
Glory to the Father and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;*
as it was in the beginning, is now, and shall be forever. Amen.

PSALMODY

Antiphon: Christ has been raised from the dead:*
the first fruits of those who sleep.

Opening – Easter Anthems
Christ our passover has been sacrificed for us;*
so let us celebrate the feast.
Not with the old leaven of corruption and wickedness,*
but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
Christ once raised from the dead dies no more;*
death has no more dominion over him.
In dying, he died to sin once for all;*
in living, he lives to God.
See yourselves therefore as dead to sin,*
and alive to God in Jesus Christ our Lord.
Christ has been raised from the dead,*
the first fruits of those who sleep.
For as by man came death,*
by man has come also the resurrection of the dead.
For as in Adam all die,*
even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
Glory to the Father…

Psalm 148
Hallelujah!
Praise the Lord from the heavens;*
praise him in the heights.
Praise him, all you angels of his;*
praise him, all his host.
Praise him, sun and moon;*
praise him, all you shining stars.
Praise him, heaven of heavens,*
and you waters above the heavens.
Let them praise the name of the Lord;*
for he commanded, and they were created.
He made them stand fast for ever and ever;*
he gave them a law which shall not pass away.
Praise the Lord from the earth,*
you sea-monsters and all deeps;
Fire and hail, snow and fog,*
tempestuous wind, doing his will;
Mountains and all hills,*
fruit trees and all cedars;
Wild beasts and all cattle,*
creeping things and wingèd birds;
Kings of the earth and all peoples,*
princes and all rulers of the world;
Young men and maidens,*
old and young together.
Let them praise the name of the Lord,*
for his name only is exalted,
his splendour is over earth and heaven.
He has raised up strength for his people
and praise for all his loyal servants,*
the children of Israel, a people who are near him.
Hallelujah!
Glory to the Father . . .

Blessed are you, Lord our God, creator of heaven and earth; you open our eyes to see the wonders around us, and our hearts and mouths to praise you. Now give us strength for loving service, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Conclusion (from Wisdom 10)
Wisdom freed a holy people and a blameless race,*
from a nation of oppressors.
She entered the soul of a servant of the Lord,*
and withstood fearsome rulers with wonders and signs.
To the saints she gave the reward of their labours,*
and led them by a marvellous road.
She was their shelter by day,*
and a blaze of stars by night.
She brought them across the Red Sea;*
she led them through mighty waters.
She swallowed their enemies in the waves,*
and spat them out from the depths of the sea.
Then, Lord, the righteous sang the glories of your name,*
and praised together your protecting hand.
For wisdom opened the mouths of the silent.*
and gave speech to the tongues of her children.
Glory to the Father…

Antiphon: Christ has been raised from the dead:
the first fruits of those who sleep.

READINGS

Wisdom of Solomon 19: 1-8, 18-22
But the ungodly were assailed to the end by pitiless anger,
for God knew in advance even their future actions:
how, though they themselves had permitted your people to depart
and hastily sent them out,
they would change their minds and pursue them.
For while they were still engaged in mourning,
and were lamenting at the graves of their dead,
they reached another foolish decision,
and pursued as fugitives those whom they had begged and compelled to leave.
For the fate they deserved drew them on to this end,
and made them forget what had happened,
in order that they might fill up the punishment that their torments still lacked,
and that your people might experience an incredible journey,
but they themselves might meet a strange death.
For the whole creation in its nature was fashioned anew,
complying with your commands,
so that your children might be kept unharmed.
The cloud was seen overshadowing the camp,
and dry land emerging where water had stood before,
an unhindered way out of the Red Sea,
and a grassy plain out of the raging waves,
where those protected by your hand passed through as one nation,
after gazing on marvellous wonders.
For the elements changed places with one another,
as on a harp the notes vary the nature of the rhythm,
while each note remains the same.
This may be clearly inferred from the sight of what took place.
For land animals were transformed into water creatures,
and creatures that swim moved over to the land.
Fire even in water retained its normal power,
and water forgot its fire-quenching nature.
Flames, on the contrary, failed to consume
the flesh of perishable creatures that walked among them,
nor did they melt the crystalline, quick-melting kind of heavenly food.
For in everything, O Lord, you have exalted and glorified your people,
and you have not neglected to help them at all times and in all places.

Romans 15: 1-13
We who are strong ought to put up with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Each of us must please our neighbour for the good purpose of building up the neighbour. For Christ did not please himself; but, as it is written, ‘The insults of those who insult you have fallen on me.’ For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, so that by steadfastness and by the encouragement of the scriptures we might have hope. May the God of steadfastness and encouragement grant you to live in harmony with one another, in accordance with Christ Jesus, so that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Welcome one another, therefore, just as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God. For I tell you that Christ has become a servant of the circumcised on behalf of the truth of God in order that he might confirm the promises given to the patriarchs, and in order that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy. As it is written,
‘Therefore I will confess you among the Gentiles,
and sing praises to your name’;
and again he says,
‘Rejoice, O Gentiles, with his people’;
and again,
‘Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles,
and let all the peoples praise him’;
and again Isaiah says,
‘The root of Jesse shall come,
the one who rises to rule the Gentiles;
in him the Gentiles shall hope.’
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Silence

Response (Ps. 96.4)
V. Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised, alleluia, alleluia.
R. Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised, alleluia, alleluia.
V. He is more to be feared than all gods.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
V. Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
R. Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised, alleluia, alleluia.

BENEDICTUS

Benedictus Antiphon: I am the way,* the truth and the life, says the
Lord; alleluia!

Blessed be the Lord the God of Israel,*
for he has come to his people and set them free.
He has raised up for us a mighty saviour,*
born of the house of his servant David.
Through his holy prophets he promised of old*
that he would save us from our enemies,
from the hands of all that hate us.
He promised to show mercy to our forebears,*
and to remember his holy covenant.
This was the oath he swore to our father Abraham:*
to set us free from the hands of our enemies,
free to worship him without fear,*
holy and righteous in his sight all the days of our life.
You my child shall be called the prophet of the Most High,*
for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way,
to give his people knowledge of salvation*
by the forgiveness of all their sins.
In the tender compassion of our God*
the dawn from on high shall break upon us,
to shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of
death,*
and to guide our feet into the way of peace.
Glory be to the Father.

PRAYERS

Lord, have mercy upon us.
Christ, have mercy upon us.
Lord, have mercy upon us.

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom 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 time of trial,
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours,
now and for ever. Amen.

Collects
Almighty God, your Son Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life.  Give us grace to love one another and walk in the way of his commandments, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

God most holy, we give you thanks for bringing us out of the shadow of night into the light of morning; and we ask you for the joy of spending this day in your service, so that when evening comes, we may once more give you thanks, through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord. Amen.

Let us bless the Lord:
Thanks be to God!

The Lord bless us and preserve us from all evil;
and bring us to life eternal. Amen.

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NEW LIFE – THE LORD

 

O Lord, open our lips:
and our mouth shall proclaim your praise.
Glory to the Father and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;*
as it was in the beginning, is now, and shall be forever. Amen.

PSALMODY

Antiphon: Christ has been raised from the dead:*
the first fruits of those who sleep.

Opening – Easter Anthems
Christ our passover has been sacrificed for us;*
so let us celebrate the feast.
Not with the old leaven of corruption and wickedness,*
but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
Christ once raised from the dead dies no more;*
death has no more dominion over him.
In dying, he died to sin once for all;*
in living, he lives to God.
See yourselves therefore as dead to sin,*
and alive to God in Jesus Christ our Lord.
Christ has been raised from the dead,*
the first fruits of those who sleep.
For as by man came death,*
by man has come also the resurrection of the dead.
For as in Adam all die,*
even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
Glory to the Father…

 

Psalm 118
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;*
his mercy endures for ever.
Let Israel now proclaim,*
‘His mercy endures for ever.’
Let the house of Aaron now proclaim,*
‘His mercy endures for ever.’
Let those who fear the Lord now proclaim,*
‘His mercy endures for ever.’
I called to the Lord in my distress;*
the Lord answered by setting me free.
The Lord is at my side, therefore I will not fear;*
what can anyone do to me?
The Lord is at my side to help me;*
I will triumph over those who hate me.
It is better to rely on the Lord*
than to put any trust in flesh.
It is better to rely on the Lord*
than to put any trust in rulers.
All the ungodly encompass me;*
in the name of the Lord I will repel them.
They hem me in, they hem me in on every side;*
in the name of the Lord I will repel them.
They swarm about me like bees;
they blaze like a fire of thorns;*
in the name of the Lord I will repel them.
I was pressed so hard that I almost fell,*
but the Lord came to my help.
The Lord is my strength and my song,*
and he has become my salvation.
There is a sound of exultation and victory*
in the tents of the righteous:
‘The right hand of the Lord has triumphed!*
the right hand of the Lord is exalted!
the right hand of the Lord has triumphed!’
I shall not die, but live,*
and declare the works of the Lord.
The Lord has punished me sorely,*
but he did not hand me over to death.
Open for me the gates of righteousness;*
I will enter them;
I will offer thanks to the Lord.
‘This is the gate of the Lord;*
he who is righteous may enter.’
I will give thanks to you, for you answered me*
and have become my salvation.
The same stone which the builders rejected*
has become the chief cornerstone.
This is the Lord’s doing,*
and it is marvellous in our eyes.
On this day the Lord has acted;*
we will rejoice and be glad in it.
Hosannah, Lord, hosannah!*
Lord, send us now success.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord;*
we bless you from the house of the Lord.
God is the Lord; he has shined upon us;*
form a procession with branches up to the horns of the altar.
‘You are my God, and I will thank you;*
you are my God, and I will exalt you.’
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;*
his mercy endures for ever.
Glory be to the Father . . .
Holy and mighty God, your Son’s triumph over sin and death has opened to us the gate of eternal life. Purify our hearts that we may follow where he has gone and share in the radiance of his glory. We ask this for the sake of our risen Lord.

Conclusion (from Wisdom 10)
Wisdom freed a holy people and a blameless race,*
from a nation of oppressors.
She entered the soul of a servant of the Lord,*
and withstood fearsome rulers with wonders and signs.
To the saints she gave the reward of their labours,*
and led them by a marvellous road.
She was their shelter by day,*
and a blaze of stars by night.
She brought them across the Red Sea;*
she led them through mighty waters.
She swallowed their enemies in the waves,*
and spat them out from the depths of the sea.
Then, Lord, the righteous sang the glories of your name,*
and praised together your protecting hand.
For wisdom opened the mouths of the silent.*
and gave speech to the tongues of her children.
Glory to the Father…

 

Antiphon: Christ has been raised from the dead:
the first fruits of those who sleep.

READINGS

Zechariah 8: 1-13
The word of the Lord of hosts came to me, saying: Thus says the Lord of hosts: I am jealous for Zion with great jealousy, and I am jealous for her with great wrath. Thus says the Lord: I will return to Zion, and will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem; Jerusalem shall be called the faithful city, and the mountain of the Lord of hosts shall be called the holy mountain. Thus says the Lord of hosts: Old men and old women shall again sit in the streets of Jerusalem, each with staff in hand because of their great age. And the streets of the city shall be full of boys and girls playing in its streets. Thus says the Lord of hosts: Even though it seems impossible to the remnant of this people in these days, should it also seem impossible to me, says the Lord of hosts? Thus says the Lord of hosts: I will save my people from the east country and from the west country; and I will bring them to live in Jerusalem. They shall be my people and I will be their God, in faithfulness and in righteousness.

Thus says the Lord of hosts: Let your hands be strong—you that have recently been hearing these words from the mouths of the prophets who were present when the foundation was laid for the rebuilding of the temple, the house of the Lord of hosts. For before those days there were no wages for people or for animals, nor was there any safety from the foe for those who went out or came in, and I set them all against one another. But now I will not deal with the remnant of this people as in the former days, says the Lord of hosts. For there shall be a sowing of peace; the vine shall yield its fruit, the ground shall give its produce, and the skies shall give their dew; and I will cause the remnant of this people to possess all these things. Just as you have been a cursing among the nations, O house of Judah and house of Israel, so I will save you and you shall be a blessing. Do not be afraid, but let your hands be strong.

 

Revelations 21: 22-22: 5
I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb. And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God is its light, and its lamp is the Lamb. The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it. Its gates will never be shut by day—and there will be no night there. People will bring into it the glory and the honour of the nations. But nothing unclean will enter it, nor anyone who practises abomination or falsehood, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the street of the city. On either side of the river is the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, producing its fruit each month; and the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. Nothing accursed will be found there any more. But the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him; they will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. And there will be no more night; they need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign for ever and ever.

 

Silence

Response (Ps. 96.4)
V. Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised, alleluia, alleluia.
R. Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised, alleluia, alleluia.
V. He is more to be feared than all gods.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
V. Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
R. Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised, alleluia, alleluia.

BENEDICTUS

Benedictus Antiphon: I am the vine* you are the branches, says the
Lord; alleluia!

 

Blessed be the Lord the God of Israel,*
for he has come to his people and set them free.
He has raised up for us a mighty saviour,*
born of the house of his servant David.
Through his holy prophets he promised of old*
that he would save us from our enemies,
from the hands of all that hate us.
He promised to show mercy to our forebears,*
and to remember his holy covenant.
This was the oath he swore to our father Abraham:*
to set us free from the hands of our enemies,
free to worship him without fear,*
holy and righteous in his sight all the days of our life.
You my child shall be called the prophet of the Most High,*
for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way,
to give his people knowledge of salvation*
by the forgiveness of all their sins.
In the tender compassion of our God*
the dawn from on high shall break upon us,
to shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of
death,*
and to guide our feet into the way of peace.
Glory be to the Father.

PRAYERS

Lord, have mercy upon us.
Christ, have mercy upon us.
Lord, have mercy upon us.

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom 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 time of trial,
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours,
now and for ever. Amen.

Collects
Merciful God, you have prepared for those who love you riches beyond imagination.  Pour into our hearts such love towards you that we, loving you above all things, may obtain your promises which exceed all that we can desire; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

God most holy, we give you thanks for bringing us out of the shadow of night into the light of morning; and we ask you for the joy of spending this day in your service, so that when evening comes, we may once more give you thanks, through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord. Amen.

Let us bless the Lord:
Thanks be to God!

The Lord bless us and preserve us from all evil;
and bring us to life eternal. Amen.

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V. O God, make speed to save us;
R. O Lord, make haste to help us.
Glory to the Father and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;*
as it was in the beginning, is now, and shall be for ever. Amen.

PSALMODY

Antiphon: With you is the well of life,*
and in your light we see light.

Opening (from Psalm 36)
Your love, O Lord, reaches to the heavens,*
and your faithfulness to the clouds.
Your righteousness is like the strong mountains,
your justice like the great deep;*
you save both man and beast, O Lord.
How priceless is your love, O God!*
your people take refuge under the shadow of your wings.
They feast upon the abundance of your house;*
you give them drink from the river of your delights.
Glory to the Father…

Psalm 145
I will exalt you, O God my King,*
and bless your name for ever and ever.
Every day will I bless you*
and praise your name for ever and ever.
Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised;*
there is no end to his greatness.
One generation shall praise your works to another*
and shall declare your power.
I will ponder the glorious splendour of your majesty*
and all your marvellous works.
They shall speak of the might of your wondrous acts,*
and I will tell of your greatness.
They shall publish the remembrance of your great goodness;*
they shall sing of your righteous deeds.
The Lord is gracious and full of compassion,*
slow to anger and of great kindness.
The Lord is loving to everyone*
and his compassion is over all his works.
All your works praise you, O Lord,*
and your faithful servants bless you.
They make known the glory of your kingdom*
and speak of your power;
That the peoples may know of your power*
and the glorious splendour of your kingdom.
Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom;*
your dominion endures throughout all ages.
The Lord is faithful in all his words*
and merciful in all his deeds.
The Lord upholds all those who fall;*
he lifts up those who are bowed down.
The eyes of all wait upon you, O Lord,*
and you give them their food in due season.
You open wide your hand*
and satisfy the needs of every living creature.
The Lord is righteous in all his ways*
and loving in all his works.
The Lord is near to those who call upon him,*
to all who call upon him faithfully.
He fulfils the desire of those who fear him,*
he hears their cry and helps them.
The Lord preserves all those who love him,*
but he destroys all the wicked.
My mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord;*
let all flesh bless his holy name for ever and ever.
Glory be to the Father . . .

Almighty God, give us grace to know you more and more, that knowing we may love and loving we may praise, that the whole world may hear your name and worship you, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Conclusion (from Colossians 1)
Give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ;*
he has delivered us from the dominion of darkness.
He has transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son,*
in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of our sins.
He is the image of the invisible God,*
the first-born of all creation.
For in him all things were created,*
in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible.
He is the head of the body, the church;*
he is the beginning, the first-born from the dead.
In him all the fulness of God was pleased to dwell,*
to reconcile all things to himself,
making peace by the blood of his cross.
Glory to the Father…

Antiphon: With you is the well of life,*
and in your light we see light.

READING

Luke 9: 1-17
 Then Jesus called the twelve together and gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal. He said to them, ‘Take nothing for your journey, no staff, nor bag, nor bread, nor money—not even an extra tunic. Whatever house you enter, stay there, and leave from there. Wherever they do not welcome you, as you are leaving that town shake the dust off your feet as a testimony against them.’ They departed and went through the villages, bringing the good news and curing diseases everywhere.

Now Herod the ruler heard about all that had taken place, and he was perplexed, because it was said by some that John had been raised from the dead, by some that Elijah had appeared, and by others that one of the ancient prophets had arisen. Herod said, ‘John I beheaded; but who is this about whom I hear such things?’ And he tried to see him.

On their return the apostles told Jesus all they had done. He took them with him and withdrew privately to a city called Bethsaida. When the crowds found out about it, they followed him; and he welcomed them, and spoke to them about the kingdom of God, and healed those who needed to be cured.

The day was drawing to a close, and the twelve came to him and said, ‘Send the crowd away, so that they may go into the surrounding villages and countryside, to lodge and get provisions; for we are here in a deserted place.’ But he said to them, ‘You give them something to eat.’ They said, ‘We have no more than five loaves and two fish—unless we are to go and buy food for all these people.’ For there were about five thousand men. And he said to his disciples, ‘Make them sit down in groups of about fifty each.’ They did so and made them all sit down. And taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke them, and gave them to the disciples to set before the crowd. And all ate and were filled. What was left over was gathered up, twelve baskets of broken pieces.

 Silence

Response (Psalm 30.1)
V. I will exalt you, O Lord, for you have lifted me up;
alleluia, alleluia.
R. I will exalt you, O Lord, for you have lifted me up;
alleluia, alleluia.
V. You have not let my enemies triumph over me.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
V. Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
R. I will exalt you, O Lord, for you have lifted me up;
alleluia, alleluia.

MAGNIFICAT

Magnificat Antiphon: I am the way,* the truth and the life, says the
Lord; alleluia!

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,*
my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour;
for he has looked with favour on his lowly servant;*
from this day all generations will call me blessed.
The Almighty has done great things for me*
and holy is his name.
He has mercy on those who fear him*
in every generation.
He has shown the strength of his arm;*
he has scattered the proud in their conceit.
He has cast down the mighty from their thrones*
and has lifted up the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things,*
and the rich he has sent away empty.
He has come to the help of his servant Israel,*
for he has remembered his promise of mercy,
the promise he made to our forebears,*
to Abraham and his children for ever.
Glory to the Father

Magnificat Antiphon: I am the way,* the truth and the life, says the
Lord; alleluia!

PRAYERS

Lord, have mercy upon us.
Christ, have mercy upon us.
Lord, have mercy upon us.

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom 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 time of trial,
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours,
now and forever. Amen.

Collects
Almighty God, your Son Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life.  Give us grace to love one another and walk in the way of his commandments, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Lord God almighty, come and dispel the darkness from our hearts, that in the radiance of your brightness we may know you, the only unfading light, glorious in all eternity. Amen.

Let us bless the Lord:
Thanks be to God!

The God of hope fill us with all joy and peace in believing:
through the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

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V. O God, make speed to save us;
R. O Lord, make haste to help us.
Glory to the Father and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;*
as it was in the beginning, is now, and shall be for ever. Amen.

PSALMODY

Antiphon: With you is the well of life,*
and in your light we see light.

Opening (from Psalm 36)
Your love, O Lord, reaches to the heavens,*
and your faithfulness to the clouds.
Your righteousness is like the strong mountains,
your justice like the great deep;*
you save both man and beast, O Lord.
How priceless is your love, O God!*
your people take refuge under the shadow of your wings.
They feast upon the abundance of your house;*
you give them drink from the river of your delights.
Glory to the Father…

Psalm 98
Sing to the Lord a new song,*
for he has done marvellous things.
With his right hand and his holy arm*
has he won for himself the victory.
The Lord has made known his victory;*
his righteousness has he openly shown in
the sight of the nations.
He remembers his mercy and faithfulness to
the house of Israel,*
and all the ends of the earth have seen the
victory of our God.
Shout with joy to the Lord, all you lands;*
lift up your voice, rejoice, and sing.
Sing to the Lord with the harp,*
with the harp and the voice of song.
With trumpets and the sound of the horn*
shout with joy before the King, the Lord.
Let the sea make a noise and all that is in it,*
the lands and those who dwell therein.
Let the rivers clap their hands,*
and let the hills ring out with joy before the Lord,
when he comes to judge the earth.
In righteousness shall he judge the world*
and the peoples with equity.
Glory be to the Father . . .

Lord God, we see your righteous rule in all your works, and we join our voices with the song of your whole creation in praising you, in and through Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen

Conclusion (from Colossians 1)
Give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ;*
he has delivered us from the dominion of darkness.
He has transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son,*
in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of our sins.
He is the image of the invisible God,*
the first-born of all creation.
For in him all things were created,*
in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible.
He is the head of the body, the church;*
he is the beginning, the first-born from the dead.
In him all the fulness of God was pleased to dwell,*
to reconcile all things to himself,
making peace by the blood of his cross.
Glory to the Father…

Antiphon: With you is the well of life,*
and in your light we see light.

READING

Luke 8: 40-56
Now when Jesus returned, the crowd welcomed him, for they were all waiting for him. Just then there came a man named Jairus, a leader of the synagogue. He fell at Jesus’ feet and begged him to come to his house, for he had an only daughter, about twelve years old, who was dying.

As he went, the crowds pressed in on him. Now there was a woman who had been suffering from haemorrhages for twelve years; and though she had spent all she had on physicians, no one could cure her. She came up behind him and touched the fringe of his clothes, and immediately her haemorrhage stopped. Then Jesus asked, ‘Who touched me?’ When all denied it, Peter said, ‘Master, the crowds surround you and press in on you.’ But Jesus said, ‘Someone touched me; for I noticed that power had gone out from me.’ When the woman saw that she could not remain hidden, she came trembling; and falling down before him, she declared in the presence of all the people why she had touched him, and how she had been immediately healed. He said to her, ‘Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace.’

While he was still speaking, someone came from the leader’s house to say, ‘Your daughter is dead; do not trouble the teacher any longer.’ When Jesus heard this, he replied, ‘Do not fear. Only believe, and she will be saved.’ When he came to the house, he did not allow anyone to enter with him, except Peter, John, and James, and the child’s father and mother. They were all weeping and wailing for her; but he said, ‘Do not weep; for she is not dead but sleeping.’ And they laughed at him, knowing that she was dead. But he took her by the hand and called out, ‘Child, get up!’ Her spirit returned, and she got up at once. Then he directed them to give her something to eat. Her parents were astounded; but he ordered them to tell no one what had happened.

 Silence

Response (Psalm 30.1)
V. I will exalt you, O Lord, for you have lifted me up;
alleluia, alleluia.
R. I will exalt you, O Lord, for you have lifted me up;
alleluia, alleluia.
V. You have not let my enemies triumph over me.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
V. Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
R. I will exalt you, O Lord, for you have lifted me up;
alleluia, alleluia.

MAGNIFICAT

Magnificat Antiphon: I am the way,* the truth and the life, says the
Lord; alleluia!

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,*
my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour;
for he has looked with favour on his lowly servant;*
from this day all generations will call me blessed.
The Almighty has done great things for me*
and holy is his name.
He has mercy on those who fear him*
in every generation.
He has shown the strength of his arm;*
he has scattered the proud in their conceit.
He has cast down the mighty from their thrones*
and has lifted up the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things,*
and the rich he has sent away empty.
He has come to the help of his servant Israel,*
for he has remembered his promise of mercy,
the promise he made to our forebears,*
to Abraham and his children for ever.
Glory to the Father

Magnificat Antiphon: I am the way,* the truth and the life, says the
Lord; alleluia!

PRAYERS

Lord, have mercy upon us.
Christ, have mercy upon us.
Lord, have mercy upon us.

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom 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 time of trial,
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours,
now and forever. Amen.

Collects
Almighty God, your Son Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life.  Give us grace to love one another and walk in the way of his commandments, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Lord God almighty, come and dispel the darkness from our hearts, that in the radiance of your brightness we may know you, the only unfading light, glorious in all eternity. Amen.

Let us bless the Lord:
Thanks be to God!

The God of hope fill us with all joy and peace in believing:
through the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

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NEW LIFE – THE LORD

 

O Lord, open our lips:
and our mouth shall proclaim your praise.
Glory to the Father and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;*
as it was in the beginning, is now, and shall be forever. Amen.

PSALMODY

Antiphon: Christ has been raised from the dead:*
the first fruits of those who sleep.

Opening – Easter Anthems
Christ our passover has been sacrificed for us;*
so let us celebrate the feast.
Not with the old leaven of corruption and wickedness,*
but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
Christ once raised from the dead dies no more;*
death has no more dominion over him.
In dying, he died to sin once for all;*
in living, he lives to God.
See yourselves therefore as dead to sin,*
and alive to God in Jesus Christ our Lord.
Christ has been raised from the dead,*
the first fruits of those who sleep.
For as by man came death,*
by man has come also the resurrection of the dead.
For as in Adam all die,*
even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
Glory to the Father…

Psalm 96
Sing to the Lord a new song;*
sing to the Lord, all the whole earth.
Sing to the Lord and bless his name;*
proclaim the good news of his salvation from day to day.
Declare his glory among the nations*
and his wonders among all peoples.
For great is the Lord and greatly to be praised;*
he is more to be feared than all gods.
As for all the gods of the nations, they are but idols;*
but it is the Lord who made the heavens.
Oh, the majesty and magnificence of his presence!*
Oh, the power and the splendour of his sanctuary!
Ascribe to the Lord, you families of the peoples;*
ascribe to the Lord honour and power.
Ascribe to the Lord the honour due his name;*
bring offerings and come into his courts.
Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness;*
let the whole earth tremble before him.
Tell it out among the nations: ‘The Lord is king!*
he has made the world so firm that it cannot be moved;
he will judge the peoples with equity.’
Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad;
let the sea thunder and all that is in it;*
let the field be joyful and all that is therein.
Then shall all the trees of the wood shout for joy
before the Lord when he comes,*
when he comes to judge the earth.
He will judge the world with righteousness*
and the peoples with his truth.
We worship you, God of glory, in the beauty of holiness, and we joyfully proclaim your just and righteous rule, established for all, through your Son Jesus Christ the Lord.

Conclusion (from Wisdom 10)
Wisdom freed a holy people and a blameless race,*
from a nation of oppressors.
She entered the soul of a servant of the Lord,*
and withstood fearsome rulers with wonders and signs.
To the saints she gave the reward of their labours,*
and led them by a marvellous road.
She was their shelter by day,*
and a blaze of stars by night.
She brought them across the Red Sea;*
she led them through mighty waters.
She swallowed their enemies in the waves,*
and spat them out from the depths of the sea.
Then, Lord, the righteous sang the glories of your name,*
and praised together your protecting hand.
For wisdom opened the mouths of the silent.*
and gave speech to the tongues of her children.
Glory to the Father…

Antiphon: Christ has been raised from the dead:
the first fruits of those who sleep.

READINGS

Wisdom of Solomon 16: 15-17: 1
To escape from your hand is impossible;
for the ungodly, refusing to know you,
were flogged by the strength of your arm,
pursued by unusual rains and hail and relentless storms,
and utterly consumed by fire.
For—most incredible of all—in water, which quenches all things,
the fire had still greater effect,
for the universe defends the righteous.
At one time the flame was restrained,
so that it might not consume the creatures sent against the ungodly,
but that seeing this they might know
that they were being pursued by the judgement of God;
and at another time even in the midst of water it burned more intensely than fire,
to destroy the crops of the unrighteous land.
Instead of these things you gave your people food of angels,
and without their toil you supplied them from heaven with bread ready to eat,
providing every pleasure and suited to every taste.
For your sustenance manifested your sweetness towards your children;
and the bread, ministering to the desire of the one who took it,
was changed to suit everyone’s liking.
Snow and ice withstood fire without melting,
so that they might know that the crops of their enemies
were being destroyed by the fire that blazed in the hail
and flashed in the showers of rain;
whereas the fire, in order that the righteous might be fed,
even forgot its native power.
For creation, serving you who made it,
exerts itself to punish the unrighteous,
and in kindness relaxes on behalf of those who trust in you.
Therefore at that time also, changed into all forms,
it served your all-nourishing bounty,
according to the desire of those who had need,
so that your children, whom you loved, O Lord, might learn
that it is not the production of crops that feeds humankind
but that your word sustains those who trust in you.
For what was not destroyed by fire
was melted when simply warmed by a fleeting ray of the sun,
to make it known that one must rise before the sun to give you thanks,
and must pray to you at the dawning of the light;
for the hope of an ungrateful person will melt like wintry frost,
and flow away like waste water.

Great are your judgements and hard to describe;
therefore uninstructed souls have gone astray.

Romans 14: 13-23
Let us therefore no longer pass judgement on one another, but resolve instead never to put a stumbling-block or hindrance in the way of another. I know and am persuaded in the Lord Jesus that nothing is unclean in itself; but it is unclean for anyone who thinks it unclean. If your brother or sister is being injured by what you eat, you are no longer walking in love. Do not let what you eat cause the ruin of one for whom Christ died. So do not let your good be spoken of as evil. For the kingdom of God is not food and drink but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. The one who thus serves Christ is acceptable to God and has human approval. Let us then pursue what makes for peace and for mutual edification. Do not, for the sake of food, destroy the work of God. Everything is indeed clean, but it is wrong for you to make others fall by what you eat; it is good not to eat meat or drink wine or do anything that makes your brother or sister stumble. The faith that you have, have as your own conviction before God. Blessed are those who have no reason to condemn themselves because of what they approve. But those who have doubts are condemned if they eat, because they do not act from faith; for whatever does not proceed from faith is sin.

Silence

Response (Ps. 96.4)
V. Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised, alleluia, alleluia.
R. Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised, alleluia, alleluia.
V. He is more to be feared than all gods.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
V. Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
R. Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised, alleluia, alleluia.

BENEDICTUS

Benedictus Antiphon: I am the way,* the truth and the life, says the
Lord; alleluia!

Blessed be the Lord the God of Israel,*
for he has come to his people and set them free.
He has raised up for us a mighty saviour,*
born of the house of his servant David.
Through his holy prophets he promised of old*
that he would save us from our enemies,
from the hands of all that hate us.
He promised to show mercy to our forebears,*
and to remember his holy covenant.
This was the oath he swore to our father Abraham:*
to set us free from the hands of our enemies,
free to worship him without fear,*
holy and righteous in his sight all the days of our life.
You my child shall be called the prophet of the Most High,*
for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way,
to give his people knowledge of salvation*
by the forgiveness of all their sins.
In the tender compassion of our God*
the dawn from on high shall break upon us,
to shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of
death,*
and to guide our feet into the way of peace.
Glory be to the Father.

PRAYERS

Lord, have mercy upon us.
Christ, have mercy upon us.
Lord, have mercy upon us.

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom 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 time of trial,
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours,
now and for ever. Amen.

Collects
Almighty God, your Son Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life.  Give us grace to love one another and walk in the way of his commandments, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

God most holy, we give you thanks for bringing us out of the shadow of night into the light of morning; and we ask you for the joy of spending this day in your service, so that when evening comes, we may once more give you thanks, through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord. Amen.

Let us bless the Lord:
Thanks be to God!

The Lord bless us and preserve us from all evil;
and bring us to life eternal. Amen.

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NEW LIFE – THE LORD

 

V. O God, make speed to save us;
R. O Lord, make haste to help us.
Glory to the Father and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;*
as it was in the beginning, is now, and shall be for ever. Amen.

PSALMODY

Antiphon: With you is the well of life,*
and in your light we see light.

Opening (from Psalm 36)
Your love, O Lord, reaches to the heavens,*
and your faithfulness to the clouds.
Your righteousness is like the strong mountains,
your justice like the great deep;*
you save both man and beast, O Lord.
How priceless is your love, O God!*
your people take refuge under the shadow of your wings.
They feast upon the abundance of your house;*
you give them drink from the river of your delights.
Glory to the Father…

Psalm 133
Oh, how good and pleasant it is,*
when brethren live together in unity!
It is like fine oil upon the head*
that runs down upon the beard,
Upon the beard of Aaron,*
and runs down upon the collar of his robe.
It is like the dew of Hermon*
that falls upon the hills of Zion.
For there the Lord has ordained the blessing:*
life for evermore.
Glory be to the Father . . .

Creator of the universe, from whom all things come, to whom all things return, give your people such unity of heart and mind, that all the world may grow in the life of your eternal kingdom, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Psalm 134

Behold now, bless the Lord, all you servants of the Lord,*
you that stand by night in the house of the Lord.
Lift up your hands in the holy place and bless the Lord;*
the Lord who made heaven and earth bless
you out of Zion.
Glory be to the Father . . .

God our creator and redeemer, give us grateful hearts and willing hands, that we may worthily praise your name and build your kingdom among all people, to the glory of your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen

Conclusion (from Colossians 1)
Give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ;*
he has delivered us from the dominion of darkness.
He has transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son,*
in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of our sins.
He is the image of the invisible God,*
the first-born of all creation.
For in him all things were created,*
in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible.
He is the head of the body, the church;*
he is the beginning, the first-born from the dead.
In him all the fulness of God was pleased to dwell,*
to reconcile all things to himself,
making peace by the blood of his cross.
Glory to the Father…

Antiphon: With you is the well of life,*
and in your light we see light.

READING

Luke 8: 26-39
Then they arrived at the country of the Gerasenes, which is opposite Galilee. As he stepped out on land, a man of the city who had demons met him. For a long time he had worn no clothes, and he did not live in a house but in the tombs. When he saw Jesus, he fell down before him and shouted at the top of his voice, ‘What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg you, do not torment me’— for Jesus had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. (For many times it had seized him; he was kept under guard and bound with chains and shackles, but he would break the bonds and be driven by the demon into the wilds.) Jesus then asked him, ‘What is your name?’ He said, ‘Legion’; for many demons had entered him. They begged him not to order them to go back into the abyss.

Now there on the hillside a large herd of swine was feeding; and the demons begged Jesus to let them enter these. So he gave them permission. Then the demons came out of the man and entered the swine, and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and was drowned.

When the swineherds saw what had happened, they ran off and told it in the city and in the country. Then people came out to see what had happened, and when they came to Jesus, they found the man from whom the demons had gone sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind. And they were afraid. Those who had seen it told them how the one who had been possessed by demons had been healed. Then all the people of the surrounding country of the Gerasenes asked Jesus to leave them; for they were seized with great fear. So he got into the boat and returned. The man from whom the demons had gone begged that he might be with him; but Jesus sent him away, saying, ‘Return to your home, and declare how much God has done for you.’ So he went away, proclaiming throughout the city how much Jesus had done for him.

 Silence

Response (Psalm 30.1)
V. I will exalt you, O Lord, for you have lifted me up;
alleluia, alleluia.
R. I will exalt you, O Lord, for you have lifted me up;
alleluia, alleluia.
V. You have not let my enemies triumph over me.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
V. Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
R. I will exalt you, O Lord, for you have lifted me up;
alleluia, alleluia.

MAGNIFICAT

Magnificat Antiphon: I am the way,* the truth and the life, says the
Lord; alleluia!

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,*
my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour;
for he has looked with favour on his lowly servant;*
from this day all generations will call me blessed.
The Almighty has done great things for me*
and holy is his name.
He has mercy on those who fear him*
in every generation.
He has shown the strength of his arm;*
he has scattered the proud in their conceit.
He has cast down the mighty from their thrones*
and has lifted up the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things,*
and the rich he has sent away empty.
He has come to the help of his servant Israel,*
for he has remembered his promise of mercy,
the promise he made to our forebears,*
to Abraham and his children for ever.
Glory to the Father

Magnificat Antiphon: I am the way,* the truth and the life, says the
Lord; alleluia!

PRAYERS

Lord, have mercy upon us.
Christ, have mercy upon us.
Lord, have mercy upon us.

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom 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 time of trial,
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours,
now and forever. Amen.

Collects
Almighty God, your Son Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life.  Give us grace to love one another and walk in the way of his commandments, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Lord God almighty, come and dispel the darkness from our hearts, that in the radiance of your brightness we may know you, the only unfading light, glorious in all eternity. Amen.

Let us bless the Lord:
Thanks be to God!

The God of hope fill us with all joy and peace in believing:
through the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

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NEW LIFE – THE LORD

 

O Lord, open our lips:
and our mouth shall proclaim your praise.
Glory to the Father and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;*
as it was in the beginning, is now, and shall be forever. Amen.

PSALMODY

Antiphon: Christ has been raised from the dead:*
the first fruits of those who sleep.

Opening – Easter Anthems
Christ our passover has been sacrificed for us;*
so let us celebrate the feast.
Not with the old leaven of corruption and wickedness,*
but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
Christ once raised from the dead dies no more;*
death has no more dominion over him.
In dying, he died to sin once for all;*
in living, he lives to God.
See yourselves therefore as dead to sin,*
and alive to God in Jesus Christ our Lord.
Christ has been raised from the dead,*
the first fruits of those who sleep.
For as by man came death,*
by man has come also the resurrection of the dead.
For as in Adam all die,*
even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
Glory to the Father…

Psalm 92
It is a good thing to give thanks to the Lord,*
and to sing praises to your name, O Most High;
To tell of your loving-kindness early in the morning*
and of your faithfulness in the night season;
On the psaltery, and on the lyre,*
and to the melody of the harp.
For you have made me glad by your acts, O Lord;*
and I shout for joy because of the works of your hands.
Lord, how great are your works!*
your thoughts are very deep.
The dullard does not know, nor does the fool understand,*
that though the wicked grow like weeds,
and all the workers of iniquity flourish,
They flourish only to be destroyed for ever;*
but you, O Lord, are exalted for evermore.
For lo, your enemies, O Lord,
lo, your enemies shall perish,*
and all the workers of iniquity shall be scattered.
But my horn you have exalted like the horns of wild bulls;*
I am anointed with fresh oil.
My eyes also gloat over my enemies,*
and my ears rejoice to hear the doom of the wicked who
rise up against me.
The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree,*
and shall spread abroad like a cedar of Lebanon.
Those who are planted in the house of the Lord*
shall flourish in the courts of our God;
They shall still bear fruit in old age;*
they shall be green and succulent;
That they may show how upright the Lord is,*
my rock, in whom there is no fault.
O Most High, at all times and in all seasons you are worthy of our grateful praise; grant us the insight to perceive the greatness of your works, the certainty of being founded on you our eternal rock, and the wisdom to sing the praises of your name, in and through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Conclusion (from Wisdom 10)
Wisdom freed a holy people and a blameless race,*
from a nation of oppressors.
She entered the soul of a servant of the Lord,*
and withstood fearsome rulers with wonders and signs.
To the saints she gave the reward of their labours,*
and led them by a marvellous road.
She was their shelter by day,*
and a blaze of stars by night.
She brought them across the Red Sea;*
she led them through mighty waters.
She swallowed their enemies in the waves,*
and spat them out from the depths of the sea.
Then, Lord, the righteous sang the glories of your name,*
and praised together your protecting hand.
For wisdom opened the mouths of the silent.*
and gave speech to the tongues of her children.
Glory to the Father…

Antiphon: Christ has been raised from the dead:
the first fruits of those who sleep.

READINGS

Wisdom of Solomon 14: 27-15: 3
For the worship of idols not to be named
is the beginning and cause and end of every evil.
For their worshippers either rave in exultation,
or prophesy lies, or live unrighteously, or readily commit perjury;
for because they trust in lifeless idols
they swear wicked oaths and expect to suffer no harm.
But just penalties will overtake them on two counts:
because they thought wrongly about God in devoting themselves to idols,
and because in deceit they swore unrighteously through contempt for holiness.
For it is not the power of the things by which people swear,
but the just penalty for those who sin,
that always pursues the transgression of the unrighteous.

But you, our God, are kind and true,
patient, and ruling all things in mercy.
For even if we sin we are yours, knowing your power;
but we will not sin, because we know that you acknowledge us as yours.
For to know you is complete righteousness,
and to know your power is the root of immortality.

Romans 14: 1-12
Welcome those who are weak in faith, but not for the purpose of quarrelling over opinions. Some believe in eating anything, while the weak eat only vegetables. Those who eat must not despise those who abstain, and those who abstain must not pass judgement on those who eat; for God has welcomed them. Who are you to pass judgement on servants of another? It is before their own lord that they stand or fall. And they will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make them stand.

Some judge one day to be better than another, while others judge all days to be alike. Let all be fully convinced in their own minds. Those who observe the day, observe it in honour of the Lord. Also those who eat, eat in honour of the Lord, since they give thanks to God; while those who abstain, abstain in honour of the Lord and give thanks to God.

We do not live to ourselves, and we do not die to ourselves. If we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord; so then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s. For to this end Christ died and lived again, so that he might be Lord of both the dead and the living.

Why do you pass judgement on your brother or sister? Or you, why do you despise your brother or sister? For we will all stand before the judgement seat of God. For it is written,
‘As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me,
and every tongue shall give praise to God.’
So then, each of us will be accountable to God.

Silence

Response (Ps. 96.4)
V. Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised, alleluia, alleluia.
R. Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised, alleluia, alleluia.
V. He is more to be feared than all gods.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
V. Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
R. Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised, alleluia, alleluia.

BENEDICTUS

Benedictus Antiphon: I am the way,* the truth and the life, says the
Lord; alleluia!

Blessed be the Lord the God of Israel,*
for he has come to his people and set them free.
He has raised up for us a mighty saviour,*
born of the house of his servant David.
Through his holy prophets he promised of old*
that he would save us from our enemies,
from the hands of all that hate us.
He promised to show mercy to our forebears,*
and to remember his holy covenant.
This was the oath he swore to our father Abraham:*
to set us free from the hands of our enemies,
free to worship him without fear,*
holy and righteous in his sight all the days of our life.
You my child shall be called the prophet of the Most High,*
for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way,
to give his people knowledge of salvation*
by the forgiveness of all their sins.
In the tender compassion of our God*
the dawn from on high shall break upon us,
to shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of
death,*
and to guide our feet into the way of peace.
Glory be to the Father.

PRAYERS

Lord, have mercy upon us.
Christ, have mercy upon us.
Lord, have mercy upon us.

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom 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 time of trial,
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours,
now and for ever. Amen.

Collects
Almighty God, your Son Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life.  Give us grace to love one another and walk in the way of his commandments, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

God most holy, we give you thanks for bringing us out of the shadow of night into the light of morning; and we ask you for the joy of spending this day in your service, so that when evening comes, we may once more give you thanks, through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord. Amen.

Let us bless the Lord:
Thanks be to God!

The Lord bless us and preserve us from all evil;
and bring us to life eternal. Amen.

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