Celebrating Easter Thursday from Home
In these worship resources, we continue our journey through Easter Week, following the Lord’s betrayal, suffering, death and resurrection.
“Turn to God so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord.”
Turn to God so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord.
Convertimini ut cum venerint tempora refrigerii a conspectu Domini
A man lame from birth was laid every day at the gate of the temple called the Beautiful Gate so that he could ask for alms from those entering the temple.
Little did he know that morning that the words of the psalm would be fulfilled.
He saw Peter and John, and asked them for alms.
Instead, Peter looked at him, telling him to look at them.
“Silver and gold have I none; what I have, I will give you:
in the name of Jesus of Nazareth, stand and walk.”
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.
Psalm 117 (118):19–23
Music for reflection
1 The glory of the cross we sing,
the cross of Jesus Christ our Lord,
who died and rose to set us free,
our way from death to life secured.
2 As once God’s people rested safe,
protected by a lamb’s own blood,
so we acclaim the sacrifice
of Jesus Christ the Lamb of God.
3 As once the Chosen People passed
from pain to freedom through the sea,
so now baptismal water saves
the chosen, called to liberty.
4 At Passover, before he died,
Christ Jesus took the bread and wine:
‘This is my body, this my blood,
do this as my memorial sign.’
5 What once by Jesus was achieved
we celebrate with heart and soul,
recalling and effecting now
the saving work that makes us whole.
tune: Wareham LM
words: John Ainslie
The Lord’s Prayer
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.