Ordinary Time C

March 2016

 

4th Sunday of Lent - March 6

5th Sunday of Lent - March 13

Passion Sunday - March 20

Easter Sunday - March 27

 


 

SUNDAY March 6, 2016

 

4th. SUNDAY OF LENT - C

 

Greeting
Blessed be God who has reconciled us to himself through Christ.
May his pardon and peace be with you always.

Introduction   and  Litany of Praise

A    St. Paul proclaims the coming of Christ to herald a new creation:
at its heart is the message of reconciliation and forgiveness.  
The deep love and welcome that God gives to all sinners is shown by Jesus’ moving parable of the Forgiving Father.

Lord Jesus, you reconcile us to one another and to the Father.
Lord, have mercy.

You heal the wounds of sin and division.
Christ, have mercy.

You intercede for us at the right hand of the Father.
Lord, have mercy.

B    ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you’
So said the prodigal son whose story we hear in today’s Gospel.
At the start of today’s liturgy we are invited to make our own these words and sentiments.  Fortunately for us God is incredibly generous with his mercy and forgiveness.

Lord Jesus, you have shown us the way back to the Father;
Lord, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, you raise us to new life in the Spirit:
Christ, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, you invite us to your banquet to heal us and bring us strength: Lord, have mercy.

Opening Prayer

A    God of compassion,
you await the sinner’s return
and prepare a feast to welcome home the lost.

Save us from the temptations
that draw us away from you.
Lead us back by the constancy of your love,
that we may take our place in your household
and gladly share our inheritance with others.

Grant this through Christ, our liberator from sin,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
holy and mighty God for ever and ever.  AMEN.


B    O good and gracious God,
welcome into the embrace of your love
all your sons and daughters
as they come home to you,
hearts burdened with guilt,
spirits filled with repentance.

Grant this through Christ, our liberator from sin,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
holy and mighty God for ever and ever.  AMEN.

                GENERAL INTERCESSIONS

P    With confidence we place our needs before God our Father, who in loving kindness overlooks our faults and greets us with a loving embrace.

CM    Our response is:    Merciful, Father, hear our prayer.
Please repeat:

1    For the Church:   (pause)
that through its ministry people may experience the love and mercy of God:
we pray:

2    For our spiritual and political leaders:   (pause)
may they have the humility to acknowledge their faults
and the courage to atone for them:  we pray:

3    For our youth:  (pause)
May they learn from the prodigal son not to squander their gifts of nature and grace; and if they fall, may they never doubt God’s immense love for them.  
We pray:

4    That prodigal children who have abandoned God, family and faith may come to their senses, and retrace their steps back to the Lord, we pray:  

P    God of mercy and compassion,
we are not worthy to be called your daughters and sons.
Listen to the petitions we make through Christ our Lord.  AMEN.

Prayer over the Gifts
Compassionate Father,
Your Son welcomed sinners
and ate with them at table.
May our gathering here around the table of your Son
bring us -  today’s sinners -
reconciliation and peace
with one another and with you.
Grant this through Christ our Lord.   AMEN.

Invitation to the Lord’s Prayer

A    Repentant, like the prodigal son, we turn to our Father
and ask him to forgive us as we forgive others:

B    Hear us, O Lord, your prodigal children,
as, from a long way off, we call to you and pray / sing:

Deliver us, Lord
Deliver us, Lord, from every evil,
and grant us today
the peace that comes from forgiveness.
When, in moments of weakness we have turned away from you,
let the memories of your kindness
be stronger than our feelings of guilt.
Help us to return to your home
as we look forward to the full coming of our Savior Jesus Christ.  

Prayer for Peace

A    Lord Jesus Christ,
your said to your apostles:
‘I leave you peace, my peace I give you.’
Look not on our sins but on the faith of your Church,
and grant us the peace and unity of your kingdom
where you live for ever and ever.

B    The Prophet Isaiah said:
Nation will not lift sword against nation,
and there will be no more war or training for war.”
Lord, grant that the world may turn away from violence and war,
so that all of God’s children
may enjoy the peace and unity of your kingdom
where you live for ever and ever.

Sign  of Peace
In a spirit of reconciliation from the Lord,
let us offer one another a sign of peace.

Optional Prayer to accompany the Breaking of Bread
May this bread,
broken that we may deepen our union
with you and one another,
be the sign of your continual blessing.

Invitation to Communion
This is Jesus
who reconciles us with the Father and one another.
Blessed are we who are called to receive him.

Prayer after Communion
Father,
you have nourished us today at the table of your Son.
We had to celebrate and rejoice
because we who were lost have been found;
we who have been dead have come to life again.

Make us ambassadors for Christ your Son
who lives with you and the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever. AMEN.


Blessing

May you value the preciousness of God’s gifts
and never squander them through a life of sin.        AMEN.

May you rejoice in the Lord’s mercy toward sinners
and mirror it in your attitude toward those who have offended you.  AMEN.
 
May you be reconciled to God and live in Christ as a new creation.   AMEN.

May the Lord who welcomes you with open arms,
embrace you tenderly today and bless you,
+  in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.    AMEN

Dismissal
We have been reconciled with God in this Eucharist.
Go…    and be ambassadors of God’s abundant love.


 

SUNDAY MARCH 13, 2016

 

5th. SUNDAY OF LENT - C

 

Greeting
Blessed be the Lord Jesus
who came not to condemn the world but to save it.
May his grace and peace be with you all.

Introduction  and  Litany of Praise

A    In today’s Gospel we hear again the immortal words of Jesus in relation to the woman caught in adultery:  
‘Let the one who is without sin cast the first stone’.  
As we call to mind our sins,  we recall and we regret the harsh and unfair judgments we have passed on others.   [Pause]

I confess to almighty God…

B    We come together as followers of Jesus Christ to praise and thank God and to hear the message of his mercy and compassion.   
As we prepare to celebrate this Eucharist we open our hearts to God’s love.  

    Lord Jesus, you raise up all who are bowed down:
Lord, have mercy.

    You give freedom to the sinner:
Christ, have mercy.

    You bring new life and new hope to those in despair:
Lord, have mercy.

Opening Prayer

A    God of love and compassion,
you bring forth springs of water in the wasteland
and turn despair into hope.

Look not upon the sins of our past,
but lift from our hearts
the failures that weigh us down,
that we may find refreshment and life in Christ,
our liberator from sin,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever.  AMEN.

B    Infinite is your compassion, O God,
    to every sinner who stands before you.

Grant that we,
who have been forgiven so much,
may embrace as sisters and brothers
every sinner who joins us at this feast of forgiveness.

    We ask this through Christ,
our peace and reconciliation,
the Lord who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever.  AMEN.

                GENERAL INTERCESSIONS

P    In confident faith, let us pray to the Father who, through the sufferings and death of his Son, has saved us from all condemnation.

CM    Our response is:    Christ our Savior, hear our prayer.
Please repeat:
1    For all who minister in the church;   (pause)
that in their work they, like Jesus, will always show true forgiveness and understanding, we pray:

2    For judges: (pause)
that they may strive to temper justice with mercy,  we pray:
    
3    For those weighed down by their own sinfulness…..
those enslaved by the mistakes and failures of the past;   (pause)    
that the Lord’s forgiveness may touch their hearts
and bring them peace, we pray:

4    For ourselves, that we may refrain from passing judgment or condemning others, but examine our own lives in the sight of God, we pray:

        [The Presider may add a Petition that is local / relevant]

P    Father of mercy, hear the prayers of your people.
Strengthen us to avoid sin and to rise each time we fall.  
We ask this in the name of Jesus the Lord.   AMEN.

Prayer over the Gifts
Merciful Father,
in these signs of bread and wine
we sinners share in the forgiveness and life
   of your Son Jesus Christ.
Help us to be people of mercy,
because we have been shown mercy.
Grant this through Christ our Lord.  AMEN.

Invitation to the Lord’s Prayer
In the words of Jesus our Lord
we call on our Father
to forgive us as we forgive others:


Deliver us
Deliver us, Lord,
from everything that separates us
from you and from one another.
Gather us in faith
as we wait in hope
for the coming in glory
of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Prayer for Peace
Lord Jesus Christ,
you looked with compassion
on the woman caught in adultery
and refused to condemn her.
Help us to be merciful and forgiving
so that we may enjoy
the peace and unity of your kingdom
where you live for ever and ever.

Sign of Peace
Let us show our friendship in Christ
as we offer one another a sign of peace.

Optional Prayer to accompany the Breaking of Bread
As the Holy Spirit strengthens your church,
may this, your blessed broken bread,
bring life to us.
May we be living signs of God’s mercy
in this broken world.


Invitation to Communion
This is Jesus,
the Lamb of God who died that we might have new life.
Blessed are we who gather around this altar-table.

Prayer after Communion
Tender and compassionate Father,
we thank you for letting us share
in the sacrifice of your Son
who brought us your pardon and peace.

Through him,
we sinners have been forgiven.
May we too be able to forgive others.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.  AMEN.

Blessing       (based on  2nd Reading)

May you gain Christ….. and be completely united with him.     
AMEN.

May you have a deeper knowledge of Christ Jesus our Lord.     
AMEN.

May you, as you share in the sufferings of Christ ,
experience the power of his resurrection.     
AMEN.

May our compassionate God bless you,
+  the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.    
AMEN

Dismissal

A    Our celebration is ended.
Go in peace…   and sin no more.
    
B    Confessing that Jesus is Lord, to the glory of God,
go forth in the peace of Christ.

 


 

MARCH 20, 2016

 

PASSION SUNDAY

 

Commemoration of Our Lord’s Entry into Jerusalem



Introduction
When the CM sees that the Ministers are ready at the Front Door (or upon an agreed signal)  s/he says:

CM    Dear friends in Christ,
since the beginning of Lent we have been preparing for the celebration of our Lord’s Death and Resurrection – the Paschal Mystery.
Jesus entered in triumph into his own city, Jerusalem, to complete his work:
to suffer, to die, and to rise again.
Today we come together to celebrate this mystery of life through death
in union with the whole church throughout the world.

Please Stand and face the Front Door.


The Presider greets the Assembly
The grace of God,
so rich in mercy and boundless in compassion,
be with you all.


The gospel account of the Lord’s entrance into Jerusalem is now proclaimed:  A, B or C

After the Gospel, the Presider may give a very brief explanation.

He then invokes God’s blessing on all holding palms.

Let us pray.
Merciful God,
increase the faith of those who place their hope in you.
We carry these palms today in honor of Christ -
the triumphant King who rules our lives.
May we follow in his footsteps
so that united with him in his suffering on the cross,
we may share in his glorious resurrection;   
for he is Lord forever and ever.  AMEN.


The Presider now invites the people to join in the procession in these of similar words.

Like the people of Jerusalem, let us acclaim Jesus as our King.

The Presider and ministers sprinkle the people as they process to the Sanctuary.

Meanwhile, suitable songs are sung.

The Presider kisses the Altar, goes to the Chair and prays:

Opening Prayer
Lord God,
as we enter this Holy Week,
let the same mind be in us that was in Christ Jesus.

Empty us of our pride and selfishness;
draw us close to his cross,
that as we celebrate his passion and resurrection,
our lives may become models of self-sacrificing love.

We ask this through Christ, our liberator from sin,
who lives with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever.  AMEN.

                GENERAL  INTERCESSIONS


P    As we begin Holy Week we place all our needs before our heavenly Father and ask him to deepen our faith so that the passion and death of his Son may make a deeper impact on our lives.

CM    And our response is:    Have mercy on your people, Lord.
Please repeat:

1    May our church and civil leaders follow the example of Christ who came, not to be served but to serve and give his life for the good of the people.  We pray:

2    May those who are broken encounter Jesus who continued, alone and in pain, on the road to suffering and death.  We pray:

3    May those who continue to crucify Christ in their brothers and sisters through their corruption, cruelty, their refusal to stand by the truth  -  follow the example of the repentant thief who asked to be remembered by Christ.  We pray:

4    May those who administer our justice system strive harder to ensure that in all cases the truth is told and justice is done.  We pray:

P    Father, help us to follow Christ, your obedient servant, along the road to Calvary so that we may share in his Easter victory.
We make this prayer in the name of Jesus the Lord.   AMEN.

Prayer over the Gifts
Lord, look upon the face of Christ, your Son,
who loved us and sacrificed himself for us,
so that from the rising of the sun to its setting
your name may be great among the nations
and one sacrifice of love and obedience be offered to your glory.
We ask this in the name of Jesus the Lord.  AMEN.

  Optional    Eucharistic Acclamation    [In coordination with the Power Pointer and Organist]

A       If recited –

        Jesus humbled himself
        and became obedient to the point of death on a cross.
                  God exalted him so that at the name of Jesus
                  every knee should bend
                  and every tongue confess
                  that Jesus Christ is Lord.

             B       If sung –

              He is Lord, He is Lord,
                  He is risen from the dead and he is Lord.
                  Every knee shall bow, every tongue confess,
                  that Jesus Christ is Lord.


Intro to the Lord’s Prayer
Let us pray in the name and in the words of Jesus,
who became obedient even unto death on a cross:


Deliver Us
Deliver us, Lord, from sin
and from every other evil.
In your mercy,
give hope to those who feel abandoned
and to those straining under the weight of their crosses.
Lead us all forward in faith
toward the final coming among us
of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Prayer for Peace
Lord, Jesus Christ,
you looked with love on the holy city of Jerusalem,
and with tears in your eyes you said,
“If only you had recognized the things that make for peace!”
Look with pity on our world, torn asunder by war and strife,
and grant that all of God’s children
may live in hope for peace in your kingdom,
where you live for ever and ever.

Sign of Peace
Jesus has made our peace with God by his sacrifice on the cross.
Let us now share that peace with one another

    Optional:  The Presider may use this prayer during the ‘Breaking of Bread’
        Father, we break this bread,
once again remembering the night
when your Son was broken and crushed.
You raised him to glory
and He now invites us to eat and drink in fellowship.


Invitation to Communion

A    This is Jesus, the Son of David, the Lamb of God.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord,
and blessed are those who are called to share in his supper.


B    Behold the Servant of God,
obedient unto death on a cross,
exalted as the Lord of glory.
Blessed are those invited to the banquet he has prepared for us.


Prayer after Communion
Loving Father,
in this Eucharist
your Son Jesus has given himself to us
as he gave himself totally on the cross.
May we learn how to humble ourselves,
and in obedience to your will
take up our cross,
give ourselves totally to him,
and confess that he is Christ the Lord
for ever and ever.   AMEN.


Solemn Blessing

A    Jesus was despised; a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.
May you live no longer for yourselves but for him who died and was raised to life for us. 
AMEN.

By his dying on a cross Christ destroyed death for ever.
May he give you everlasting life.   
AMEN.

Jesus humbled himself for our sakes and was exalted on high.
May you follow his example and share in his resurrection. 
AMEN.


B    May Jesus, the redeemer of all peoples,
by whose stripes we are healed,
by whose death we have life,
keep you mindful of his boundless love.
So may you carry your own cross
for the sake of his name.  
AMEN.

Dismissal
We have acclaimed Jesus as the Son of David
in his triumphal entry into Jerusalem.

Let us follow him on the way to Calvary and to glory
by our self-sacrificing love for others.


 

MARCH 27, 2016

 

EASTER SUNDAY

 

Greeting
Jesus is risen!  Jesus is alive!
Let us then feast with joy in the presence of the Lord.
And may this joy be with you!

Introduction and Litany of Praise

A    This is a day for celebration.
This is the day when Christ our Brother broke the chains of death
and rose in triumph from the grave.  
He did this, not just for himself, but for all of us.  
He wants us to share in his victory over sin and death.  
Let us pause to reflect on this great mystery.  (pause)

Lord Jesus, through your resurrection you free us from our sins.
Lord, have mercy.

Lord Jesus,
through your resurrection you free us from the power of death.
Christ, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, through your resurrection you enable us to live
in the freedom of the children of God.
Lord, have mercy.


B.    Jesus is risen!  Jesus is alive!
This is the day the Lord has made!  Let us be glad and rejoice!
We can celebrate Easter with deep joy… the same joy which transformed the dejected friends of Jesus and transformed their lives   when they realized that he had overcome death and would live with them forever.

Lord Jesus, you are the Christ, the Paschal Lamb,
 who has been sacrificed.
    Lord, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, you have been raised by the Father to new life.
Christ, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, you raise the dead to new life in the Spirit.
    Lord, have mercy.


Gloria

Opening Prayer

Morning & Noon

A    God of undying life,
by your mighty hand
you raised up Jesus from the grave
and appointed him judge of the living and the dead.
Confer on all the baptized
the power flowing from his resurrection,
that we may proclaim near and far
the pardon and peace you give us.

Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ,
first-born from the dead,
who lives with you now and always
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever.  AMEN.


B    Lord God, this is the day that you have made!
    Raising Jesus from the dead,
and raising us with him,
you have fashioned for yourself a new people,
washed in the waters of baptism,
sealed with the gift of the Spirit,
and invited to the banquet of the Lamb!

    Prepare our hearts, Lord,
to celebrate this Easter festival with great joy.

We ask this through your Son,
our Passover and our Peace,
who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever.   AMEN.


Evening    [When gospel from Luke 24: 13-35 is read]

O God of wonders,
you made this day for joy and gladness.
Let the risen Lord abide with us this evening,
opening the Scriptures to us
and breaking bread in our midst.

Set our hearts aflame and open our eyes,
that we may see in his sufferings
all that the prophets foretold
and recognize him at this table,
the Christ now entered into glory,
who lives with you now and always
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever.  AMEN.



                LITURGY  OF  THE  WORD

1st R -    Acts 10: 34, 37-43

Resp Psalm –     Ps 118

2nd R      -  Col 3:1-4

                                        
Gospel    
                                         
Morning Masses:        

      C      Luke 24: 1-12            

     or   ABC    John 20: 1-9         

    Evening Masses:      

One of the above    or   Luke 24: 13-35
Emmaus Story


HOMILY
Renewal of Baptismal Promises

       Part #1 – The Promises

After the Homily the CM says:  PLEASE STAND.

The Greeters and Collectors come forward to the bottom of the Sanctuary.
The Presider, assisted by the EMHCs , lights the candles of the Sanctuary Assistants or the members of the Dance Troupe who now descend and light the candles of the Collectors.



P    Dear friends:
    Through the paschal mystery
    we have been buried with Christ in baptism,
    so that we may rise with him to a new life.
    Now that we have completed our Lenten observance,
    let us renew the promises we made in baptism
    when we rejected Satan and his works,
    and promised to serve God faithfully
    in his holy Catholic Church.
And so:

The  assembly’s responses are flashed on the screen.
    .

P    Do you reject Satan?

A    Yes, I do.

P    And all his works?

A    Yes, I do.

P    And all his empty promises?

A    Yes, I do.


Then the priest continues:

P    Do you believe that we human beings are made intelligent and
free in the image and likeness of God?
A    Yes, I do believe.
P    Do you believe that we are responsible for protecting and caring for
           the earth and all of God’s creation?
A     Yes, I do believe.

P    Do you believe that God sent His beloved Son Jesus, to show us
the depth of His love, and reveal to us how we become fully human and alive - as he was - in and through our loving and serving one another?
A    Yes, I do believe.

P    Do you believe that Jesus was raised by the Father… and that he has brought life and love to us all?
A    Yes, I do believe.

P    Do you believe that the Church is the community of disciples of
        Jesus, united in faith, hope and love for the life of the world?
A     Yes, I do believe.
    
P       Do you believe that the Spirit of God is alive and active in our world
and in all its peoples, challenging us to bring unity where there
is division, healing where there is brokenness, calling us from
selfishness and sin in order to renew the face of the earth?
A       Yes, I do believe.


Part #2  -  The Sprinklng

P     God has given us new birth through the waters of Baptism
and the outpouring of the Spirit.

CM    Please make the 'Sign of the Cross'  while you are being sprinkled with water.

The Presider, assisted by Eucharistic Ministers, and accompanied  by Sanctuary Assistants, descend to the Nave and sprinkle the people. The Choir, who has been humming in the background, gradually raise the volume and sing the words of ‘NEW LIFE’.  Other suitable songs like e.g. ISANG PANANAMPALATAYA may be added.

The CREDO  is omitted since it has been incorporated in the earlier Rite.

Due to time constraints, the Presider may indicate that the POF be omitted?                      

The CM now says:
CM    Please extinguish your candles and BE SEATED.

The Collection is now taken up.

                PRAYER  OF  THE  FAITHFUL

                 This may be omitted if the Presider thinks that there is not enough time.


P    Let us lift up our hearts to the Father who, through Baptism,
has made us his children.  
With confidence, let us address our petitions to him as we pray;

CM    Lord, hear us in your love.

1    For all Christians throughout the world:   (pause)
        that they may experience the joy of Christ’s victory over death and sin:  
        We pray in faith:


2    For our civil authorities;   (pause)  
that they may die to their personal and narrow interests
and work for the common good,
so that our nation can prosper
and there will be no more poor among us.  
We pray in faith:


3    For all of us gathered here today:   (pause)
that the joy experienced by Mary at the sight of her risen Son
may deepen our faith in the resurrection
and fill our lives with the peace that Easter brings.
We pray in faith:


4    May our beloved dead enter the glory of heaven where Christ, the firstborn from the dead, has preceded us.  We pray in faith:


P    God our Father, the power of this day drives away all evil,
washes away all guilt,
restores lost innocence,
brings joy to those who mourn,
casts out hatred,
and brings peace.
Grant that all we have asked for may be granted
in the mighty name of Jesus, the Risen Lord.  AMEN.


Prayer over the Gifts

A    All holy God,
You invite us to stand around your throne and worship you,
for our robes have been washed clean in the blood of the Lamb.

Christ, our Passover, has been sacrificed,
and is risen from the dead.

Bless us now, in this time and place,
and join us to him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever.  AMEN.


B    Creator of awesome beauty and abundance,
your saving plan has brought us
to the glory of this day.

You gather us around this table
to celebrate the Easter meal of Jesus, your Son.

We set before you this bread and wine,
gifts of your holy people.

Bring to perfection
the saving work you have begun in us.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.  AMEN.


Intro to the Our Father
United by baptism with Jesus, our risen Lord,
let the joy of the Spirit cry out in us
as we pray the words of Jesus:


Deliver Us

A    Deliver us, Lord, from every evil:
from darkness, from sin;
keep us faithful to our alleluias,
as we wait, joyful in hope,
for the final coming
of our risen and triumphant Lord, Jesus Christ.

                                    
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B    Deliver us, Lord, from every evil
and grant us in our day
the peace which our Lord Jesus brought to the apostles
on Easter Day.
To make us into a new people
keep us free from sin
and strengthen us to face the trials of life,
as we await in hope the coming in glory of the Risen Lord,
our Savior Jesus Christ.


Prayer for Peace

A    Lord Jesus, Christ,
on that first Easter Day
while the disciples were gathered behind closed doors;
- gathered in fear and shame -
you came and stood among them and said,
“Peace be with you”.

Give us the same joy that you gave to them
and grant us the peace and unity of your kingdom
where you live for ever and ever.  AMEN.

May the joy and peace of the Risen Lord
be with you always.


B     Lord Jesus Christ,
on the evening of that first Easter
you appeared to your frightened and disheartened disciples
and said to them:
‘Peace be with you.’

Then you showed them your wounded hands and side,
and they were filled with joy.

Grant that we who have heard the message of Easter,
may enjoy the peace and unity of your kingdom
where you live for ever and ever.

May the peace which Christ brought to his apostles
be with you always.


Exchange of Peace

A.    Let us now offer the Master’s greeting to one another.

B.    Today in Russian Churches Christians greet one another like this.
One person says:  Christ is Risen!
And the neighbor replies:  Christ is truly risen!
Let this be our greeting to one another today.


Optional Prayer to accompany the Breaking of Bread
    
        On that first Easter Day
“While Jesus was at table with them,
he took the bread and blessed and broke it,
and gave it to them.
And their eyes were opened
and they recognized him
in the breaking of bread.”  [Luke 24:30-31]



Invitation to Communion

A    This is Christ, the true Lamb who was slain,
who died so that we might live.
Blessed are we who have been invited
to the Banquet of the Lamb.

B    This is the risen Lord,
our Paschal Lamb that was slain.
Happy are we if we can recognize him
in the broken bread and shared cup
that we receive at this altar-table.

Prayer after Communion

A    God of Peace,
we thank you for Jesus,
whom you raised from the dead.

He who loves us is alive.

Give us the eyes of faith
to see that all we are
and all we do
has a meaning and a purpose.

By your Holy Spirit,
keep us faithful to our baptismal promises,
and raise us up on the last day
with Jesus, your risen Son,
for he is Lord for ever and ever.   AMEN


B    Father, we have heard the good news;
‘Jesus your Son is risen’ !

We who have been buried with him in the waters of Baptism
have been raised with him to new life
and have eaten at his table.

By the power of your Spirit,
keep us faithful to our baptismal promises;
make us into a new people
and raise us up on the last day
to be with Jesus, your Risen Son,
for he is Lord for ever and ever.    AMEN

Solemn Blessing

A.    May the almighty Father deliver you from the power of darkness  into the kingdom of his love.    AMEN.

May Christ who was raised from the dead help you walk in newness of life.    AMEN.

May the Spirit of the risen Christ send you forth  to be witnesses to the power of God’s love.     AMEN.

May almighty God bless you,
+   Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  AMEN.
                             

B    Through the resurrection of his Son, God has granted us healing.  
May he fulfill his promises and bless you with eternal life.       AMEN.

You have celebrated the resurrection of Christ.  
May you come with joy to the feast that lasts for ever.   AMEN.

You have mourned for Christ’s sufferings;  
now you celebrate the joy of his resurrection.  AMEN.

May almighty God bless you,
+ the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.         AMEN.


Dismissal

A    Jesus is risen.  
Sin and death are conquered.
Go forth from this Church with confidence and joy,
 to love and serve the Lord.

B    Go and bear witness to the Risen Lord by your loving, joyful life. Alleluia!  Alleluia!

All    Thanks be to God.  Alleluia!  Alleluia!

 

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