Morning Prayer (2nd Sunday after Easter, April 19, 2020)

Alleluia! Christ is risen. The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia!

Thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:57

Confession of Sin (together)

Dearly beloved, we have come together in the presence of Almighty God our heavenly Father, to render thanks for the great benefits that we have received at his hands, to set forth his most worthy praise, to hear his holy Word, and to ask, for ourselves and on behalf of others, those things that are necessary for our life and our salvation. And so that we may prepare ourselves in heart and mind to worship him, let us kneel in silence, and with penitent and obedient hearts confess our sins, that we may obtain forgiveness by his infinite goodness and mercy.

Silence may be kept.

Officiant and People together Almighty and most merciful Father, we have erred and strayed from thy ways like lost sheep, we have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts, we have offended against thy holy laws, we have left undone those things which we ought to have done, and we have done those things which we ought not to have done. But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us, spare thou those who confess their faults, restore thou those who are penitent, according to thy promises declared unto mankind in Christ Jesus our Lord; and grant, O most merciful Father, for his sake, that we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober life, to the glory of thy holy Name. Amen.

The Leader

The Almighty and merciful Lord grant us absolution and remission of all our sins, true repentance, amendment of life, and the grace and consolation of his Holy Spirit. Amen.

The Invitatory and Psalter

Officiant

O Lord, open thou our lips.

People

And our mouth shall show forth thy praise.

Leader and People Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

Alleluia. The Lord is risen indeed: O come, let us adore him. Alleluia.

Venite Psalm 95:1-7 (together)

O come, let us sing unto the Lord; *     let us heartily rejoice in the strength of our salvation. Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving *     and show ourselves glad in him with psalms.

For the Lord is a great God, *     and a great King above all gods. In his hand are the corners of the earth, *     and the strength of the hills is his also. The sea is his, and he made it, *     and his hands prepared the dry land.

O come, let us worship and fall down, *     and kneel before the Lord our Maker. For he is the Lord our God, *     and we are the people of his pasture     and the sheep of his hand.

O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness; *     let the whole earth stand in awe of him. For he cometh, for he cometh to judge the earth, *     and with righteousness to judge the world     and the peoples with his truth.

Jubilate     Psalm 100 (together)

Be joyful in the Lord, all ye lands; *     serve the Lord with gladness     and come before his presence with a song.

Be ye sure that the Lord he is God; it is he that hath made us and not we ourselves; *     we are his people and the sheep of his pasture.

O go your way into his gates with thanksgiving and into his courts with praise; *     be thankful unto him and speak good of his Name.

For the Lord is gracious; his mercy is everlasting; *     and his truth endureth from generation to generation.

Psalm 16, Conserva me, Domine

1 Protect me, O God, for I take refuge in you; * I have said to the Lord, "You are my Lord, my good above all other."

2 All my delight is upon the godly that are in the land, * upon those who are noble among the people.

3 But those who run after other gods * shall have their troubles multiplied.

4 Their libations of blood I will not offer, * nor take the names of their gods upon my lips.

5 O Lord, you are my portion and my cup; * it is you who uphold my lot.

6 My boundaries enclose a pleasant land; * indeed, I have a goodly heritage.

7 I will bless the Lord who gives me counsel; * my heart teaches me, night after night.

8 I have set the Lord always before me; * because he is at my right hand I shall not fall.

9 My heart, therefore, is glad, and my spirit rejoices; * my body also shall rest in hope.

10 For you will not abandon me to the grave, * nor let your holy one see the Pit.

11 You will show me the path of life; * in your presence there is fullness of joy, and in your right hand are pleasures for evermore.

A Reading from the book of Acts 2:14a,22-32 (Edwina)

Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd, “You that are Israelites, listen to what I have to say: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with deeds of power, wonders, and signs that God did through him among you, as you yourselves know— this man, handed over to you according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of those outside the law. But God raised him up, having freed him from death, because it was impossible for him to be held in its power. For David says concerning him,

‘I saw the Lord always before me, for he is at my right hand so that I will not be shaken;

therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced; moreover my flesh will live in hope.

For you will not abandon my soul to Hades, or let your Holy One experience corruption.

You have made known to me the ways of life; you will make me full of gladness with your presence.’

“Fellow Israelites, I may say to you confidently of our ancestor David that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. Since he was a prophet, he knew that God had sworn with an oath to him that he would put one of his descendants on his throne. Foreseeing this, David spoke of the resurrection of the Messiah, saying,

‘He was not abandoned to Hades, nor did his flesh experience corruption.’

This Jesus God raised up, and of that all of us are witnesses.”

The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

The Song of Mary, Magnificat, Luke 1:46-55 My soul doth magnify the Lord, *     and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior. For he hath regarded *     the lowliness of his handmaiden. For behold from henceforth *     all generations shall call me blessed. For he that is mighty hath magnified me, *     and holy is his Name. And his mercy is on them that fear him *     throughout all generations. He hath showed strength with his arm; *     he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts. He hath put down the mighty from their seat, *     and hath exalted the humble and meek. He hath filled the hungry with good things, *     and the rich he hath sent empty away. He remembering his mercy hath holpen his servant Israel, *     as he promised to our forefathers,     Abraham and his seed for ever. Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: *     as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

The Gospel - John 20:19-31 (Hunter)

When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you." After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, "Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you." When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained."

But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, "We have seen the Lord." But he said to them, "Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe."

A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you." Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe." Thomas answered him, "My Lord and my God!" Jesus said to him, "Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe."

Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book. But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name.

The Song of Simeon, Nunc dimittis, Luke 2:29-32 Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, *     according to thy word; For mine eyes have seen thy salvation, *     which thou hast prepared before the face of all people, To be a light to lighten the Gentiles, *     and to be the glory of thy people Israel.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: *     as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

Glory be to God Gloria in Excelsis Glory be to God on high,     and on earth peace, good will towards men.

We praise thee, we bless thee,     we worship thee,     we glorify thee,     we give thanks to thee for thy great glory, O Lord God, heavenly King, God the Father Almighty.

O Lord, the only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ; O Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father,     that takest away the sins of the world,     have mercy upon us. Thou that takest away the sins of the world,     receive our prayer. Thou that sittest at the right hand of God the Father,     have mercy upon us.

For thou only art holy, thou only art the Lord, thou only, O Christ,     with the Holy Ghost,     art most high in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

We Praise Thee Te Deum laudamus We praise thee, O God; we acknowledge thee to be the Lord. All the earth doth worship thee, the Father everlasting. To thee all Angels cry aloud, the Heavens and all the Powers therein. To thee Cherubim and Seraphim continually do cry:

Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of Sabaoth;     Heaven and earth are full of the majesty of thy glory. The glorious company of the apostles praise thee. The goodly fellowship of the prophets praise thee. The noble army of martyrs praise thee. The holy Church throughout all the world doth acknowledge thee,     the Father, of an infinite majesty,     thine adorable, true, and only Son,     also the Holy Ghost the Comforter.

Thou art the King of glory, O Christ. Thou art the everlasting Son of the Father. When thou tookest upon thee to deliver man, thou didst humble thyself to be born of a Virgin. When thou hadst overcome the sharpness of death, thou didst open the kingdom of heaven to all believers. Thou sittest at the right hand of God, in the glory of the Father. We believe that thou shalt come to be our judge.     We therefore pray thee, help thy servants,     whom thou hast redeemed with thy precious blood.     Make them to be numbered with thy saints,     in glory everlasting.

The Apostles' Creed (together) I believe in God, the Father almighty,     maker of heaven and earth; And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord;     who was conceived by the Holy Ghost,     born of the Virgin Mary,     suffered under Pontius Pilate,     was crucified, dead, and buried.     He descended into hell. The third day he rose again from the dead.     He ascended into heaven,     and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father almighty.     From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost,     the holy catholic Church,     the communion of saints,     the forgiveness of sins,     the resurrection of the body,     and the life everlasting. Amen.

The Prayers

Officiant

The Lord be with you.

People

And with thy spirit.

Officiant

Let us pray.

Leader and People Our Father, who art in heaven,     hallowed be thy Name,     thy kingdom come,     thy will be done,         on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses,     as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation,     but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory,     for ever and ever. Amen.

Suffrage A

V.    O Lord, show thy mercy upon us; R.    And grant us thy salvation. V.    Endue thy ministers with righteousness; R.    And make thy chosen people joyful. V.    Give peace, O Lord, in all the world; R.    For only in thee can we live in safety. V.    Lord, keep this nation under thy care; R.    And guide us in the way of justice and truth. V.    Let thy way be known upon earth; R.    Thy saving health among all nations. V.    Let not the needy, O Lord, be forgotten; R.    Nor the hope of the poor be taken away. V.    Create in us clean hearts, O God; R.    And sustain us with your Holy Spirit.

The Collect of the Day Almighty and everlasting God, who in the Paschal mystery established the new covenant of reconciliation: Grant that all who have been reborn into the fellowship of Christ's Body may show forth in their lives what they profess by their faith; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

A Collect for Sundays O God, who makest us glad with the weekly remembrance of the glorious resurrection of thy Son our Lord: Grant us this day such blessing through our worship of thee, that the days to come may be spent in thy favor; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

A Collect for Peace O God, who art the author of peace and lover of concord, in knowledge of whom standeth our eternal life, whose service is perfect freedom: Defend us, thy humble servants, in all assaults of our enemies; that we, surely trusting in thy defense, may not fear the power of any adversaries; through the might of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

A Collect for Grace O Lord, our heavenly Father, almighty and everlasting God, who hast safely brought us to the beginning of this day: Defend us in the same with thy mighty power; and grant that this day we fall into no sin, neither run into any kind of danger; but that we, being ordered by thy governance, may do always what is righteous in thy sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

A Collect for Guidance O heavenly Father, in whom we live and move and have our being: We humbly pray thee so to guide and govern us by thy Holy Spirit, that in all the cares and occupations of our life we may not forget thee, but may remember that we are ever walking in thy sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Intercessions and thanksgivings may follow. We remember Jim Reimas (recently died)

We pray for those whom we’ve lost to COVID-19

We pray for all of our essential workers; families and loved ones on the front line

We acknowledge those celebrating birthdays and anniversaries

The General Thanksgiving (together) Almighty God, Father of all mercies, we thine unworthy servants do give thee most humble and hearty thanks for all thy goodness and loving-kindness to us and to all men. We bless thee for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of this life; but above all for thine inestimable love in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ; for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory. And, we beseech thee, give us that due sense of all thy mercies, that our hearts may be unfeignedly thankful; and that we show forth thy praise, not only with our lips, but in our lives, by giving up our selves to thy service, and by walking before thee in holiness and righteousness all our days; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with thee and the Holy Ghost, be all honor and glory, world without end. Amen.

A Prayer of St. Chrysostom Almighty God, who hast given us grace at this time with one accord to make our common supplication unto thee; and hast promised through thy well-beloved Son that when two or three are gathered together in his Name thou wilt be in the midst of them: Fulfill now, O Lord, our desires and petitions of thy servants as may be best for us; granting us in this world knowledge of thy truth, and in the world to come life everlasting. Amen.

Then may be said

Let us bless the Lord. Alleluia Thanks be to God. Alleluia

The Leader concludes: Glory to God whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine: Glory to him from generation to generation in the Church, and in Christ Jesus for ever and ever. Amen. Ephesians 3:20,21

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