Celebrating Eastertide from Home: 5th Sunday of Easter

Celebrating Eastertide from Home: 5th Sunday of Easter

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

“Make your face to shine upon your servant,
and in your loving-kindness save me.”

Reflection on Eastertide and ideas for celebrating this season from home

Opening to the Word

Be my strong rock, a castle to keep me safe,
for you are my crag and my stronghold; *
for the sake of your Name, lead me and guide me.

Quoniam fortitudo mea et refugium meum es tu;
et propter nomen tuum deduces me et enutries me.

Psalm 30 (31):3

The Liturgy of the Word

Click on one of the reading references to read the Bible passages:

Short Reflection

Like newborn infants, long for the pure, spiritual milk,
so that by it you may grow into salvation
— if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.

1 Peter 2:2

This line from today’s Epistle reflects Psalm 33 (34), one of the psalms we often sing at Communion:

Taste and see that the Lord is good.

As well as the wonderful miniature by Ralph Vaughan Williams, there are many beautiful responsorial settings.

In normal times we would have the privilege of sharing in this sacred banquet (“O sacrum convivium!”); presently we can “only” share in a spiritual Communion.

But although at this time we miss tasting the Lord’s goodness with our taste and smell, we can still share in the profound significance of what these elements signify and, indeed, are:
the love of Christ,
the life of Christ,
given for us and for all,
for the forgiveness of sins,
so that we might live in the Father’s house.

We are invited to reflect on what it means to be offered a share in God’s very life.

Those who love me will keep my word,
and my Father will love them,
and we will come to them
and make our home with them.

Si quis diligit me, sermonem meum servabit,
et Pater meus diliget eum,
et ad eum veniemus,
et mansionem apud eum faciemus.**

John 14:23

At this time, pray that we may enter ever more deeply into the presence of God, who longs to make God’s home with us.

Pray for those who bring light to those in darkness,
for those who bring hope where there is despair.

Pray for essential workers.

Pray for us all.

Music for reflection *

Christ lay in death’s bonds
handed over for our sins,
he is risen again
and has brought us life.
For this we should be joyful,
praise God and be thankful to him
and sing Alleluia.

Original text by Martin Luther, translated by Francis Browne
(cf. www.bach-cantatas.com/Texts/Chorale012-Eng3.htm)

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.

Alternative Eastertide Hymn (especially for the evening)

1 Stay with us Lord, for day is almost over;
Come to us in peace and greet us with your word.
You we have known, your love has sought and found us:
Speak to us now, our brother and our Lord.

2 Stay with us Lord, your word like fire within us
Sheds its searching light on all our despair:
We had forgotten you, the risen Master,
Taking our way, you talked with us there.

3 Stay with us Lord, and ever go before us,
Soon will your future dawn on us like day;
Stretch out your hand to hold and lead us always,
Gentle and strong one, Lord of our way.

Words: Alan Griffiths
© 1995 Alan Griffiths
from ‘Hymns for Prayer & Praise

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.

Concluding prayer

Almighty God,
whom truly to know is everlasting life:
grant us so perfectly to know your Son Jesus Christ
to be the way, the truth, and the life,
that we may steadfastly follow his steps
in the way that leads to eternal life;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


In these strange times, we are called to trust

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The Bible texts of the Old Testament, Epistle and Gospel lessons are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Anglicised Catholic Edition, copyright © 1989, 1993, 1995 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

The Collects are from the Scottish Episcopal Church, 1982.

The hymn ‘Stay with us Lord’ by Alan Griffiths, is taken from ‘Hymns for Prayer & Praise‘.

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* You can find more organ music from Holy Trinity Church, Stirling
on Alistair Warwick‘s website and on SoundCloud ** Read about David Peebles’ setting of ‘Si quis diligit me’


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