Celebrating Easter Friday from Home

Celebrating Easter Friday from Home

In these worship resources,
we continue our journey through Easter Week,
following the Lord’s betrayal, suffering, death and resurrection.

“By what power or by what name did you do this?”

“The stone rejected by the builders has become the cornerstone.”

Reflection on Eastertide and ideas for celebrating this season from home

The stone that the builders rejected
has become the chief cornerstone.

Lapidem quem reprobaverunt aedificantes,
hic factus est in caput anguli.

Psalm 117 (118): 22

Reflection

Yesterday’s story about the healing of the lame man continues today.

Arrested and questioned by the high priest, Peter and John are asked by what authority they healed this man.

Inspired by the Holy Spirit, Peter quotes from the psalm:

The stone which the builders rejected
has become the chief cornerstone.

What he didn’t continue with, but which would clearly have been very well-known to the high priest and elders and rulers was:

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.

Psalm 117 (118):22–24

Peter thus claims Jesus as the Lord, who has done this work of healing.

Indeed it is marvellous in our eyes.
We will rejoice and be glad in it.

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 Father,
who gave your only Son to die for our sins
and to rise for our justification:
give us grace so to put away the leaven of malice and wickedness,
that we may always serve you in pureness of living and truth;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Alleluia!

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