Celebrating Eastertide from Home: Tuesday in the 3rd Week of Easter
Incline your ear to me;
rescue me speedily.
Be a rock of refuge for me,
a strong fortress to save me.
Inclina ad me aurem tuam;
accelera ut eruas me.
Esto mihi in Deum protectorem, et in domum refugii,
ut salvum me facias.
Psalm 30 (31):2
Stephen is on trial, on trumped-up charges of blasphemy.
In the opening of Acts 7, Peter reminds the authorities of how God has dealt with God’s people over time, especially the covenant with Abraham, and how Joseph, Moses, David and Solomon sought to do God’s will.
Stephen accuses his accusers of persecuting God’s servants, killing those who foretold God’s holy one, Jesus of Nazareth.
He paid the ultimate price for his witness to Christ.
And a young man named Saul, of whom we’ll hear more soon, approved of his killing.
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 essential workers.
Pray for us all.
Music for reflection *
An Eastertide hymn
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.
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.
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.
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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