Celebrating Eastertide from Home: Monday in the 3rd Week of Easter

Celebrating Eastertide from Home: Monday in the 3rd Week of Easter

In these worship resources,
we continue our journey in Eastertide.

Do not work for food that perishes, but for the food that endures for eternal life.”

Reflection on Eastertide and ideas for celebrating this season from home

I hope for your salvation, O Lord,
and I fulfil your commandments.
Exspectabam salutare tuum, Domine,
et mandata tua dilexi.

Psalm 118 (119):166

Reflection

Stephen is known as the first Christian martyr (not counting the Holy Innocents, the first to shed their blood for Christ, some 30 years earlier).

We read that Stephen was “full of grace and power, [and] did great wonders and signs among the people.”

Naturally, this drew the attention of the authorities and, by false witness and jealousy, he was accused of blasphemy.

Today’s psalm, which he would have known, includes these words:

Princes persecute me without cause,
but my heart stands in awe of your words.

and

I hope for your salvation, O Lord,
and I fulfil your commandments.

We are invited to be like Stephen, transparent in honesty, seeking wisdom, courage and a sturdy faith despite life’s many challenges.

Pray for those who bring light into others’ lives.

Pray for us all.

Music for reflection *

An Eastertide hymn

Music for the hymn (tune: Bishopthorpe)

1 Blest be the everlasting God,
the Father of our Lord!
Be God’s abounding mercy praised,
and majesty adored!

2 When from the dead he raised his Son,
and called him to the sky,
God gave our souls a lively hope
that they should never die.

3 There’s an inheritance divine
reserved against that day;
’tis uncorrupted, undefiled,
and cannot fade away.
4 Saints by the power of God are kept,
till that salvation come
we walk by faith as strangers here,
till Christ shall call us home.

Isaac Watts, alt.

The Lord’s Prayer

You can say this in any language you choose.
Here it is, in English, Latin and French.

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.
Lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom,
the power and the glory are yours.
Now and for ever. Amen.

Pater noster, qui es in cælis;
sanctificatur nomen tuum:
adveniat regnum tuum;
fiat voluntas tua,
sicut in cælo, et in terra.
Panem nostrum cotidianum da nobis hodie:
et dimitte nobis debita nostra,
sicut et nos dimittimus debitoribus nostris:
et ne nos inducas in tentationem:
sed libera nos a malo.

Quia tuum est regnum,
et potestas, et gloria, in saecula.
Amen.

Notre Père qui es aux cieux,
que ton nom soit sanctifié.
Que ton règne vienne.
Que ta volonté soit faite sur la terre comme au ciel.
Donne-nous aujourd’hui notre pain de ce jour.
Pardonne-nous nos offences
comme nous pardonnons aussi
à ceux qui nous ont offensés.
Et ne nous soumets pas à la tentation,
mais délivre-nous du mal.

Car c’est à toi qu’appartiennent le règne,
la puissance et la gloire
pour les siècles des siècles. Amen.

Concluding prayer

O God,
whose blessed Son made himself known to his disciples in the breaking of bread:
open the eyes of our faith,
that we may behold him in all his redeeming work;
who lives and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Alleluia!

In these strange times, we are called to trust

The Bible texts of the Old Testament, Epistle and Gospel lessons are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Church of Christ in the USA.

The Collects are from the Scottish Episcopal Church, 1982.

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