Celebrating Eastertide from Home: 7th Tuesday of Easter
In these worship resources,
we continue our journey in Eastertide.
Opening to the Word
Blessed be the Lord,
who daily bears us up;
God is our salvation.
Benedictus Dominus die quotidie:
prosperum iter faciet nobis Deus salutarium nostrorum.
Psalm 67 (68):19
The Liturgy of the Word
Click on one of these references to read today’s Bible readings:
Both Jesus and Paul are doing theology again!
Jesus, who only yesterday was being praised for plain speaking, is back in his mystical element.
But of course, this is part of the post-resurrection thinking by the early Church, reflecting on what Jesus had said and done. The early Church was also trying to grapple with what they had heard and witnessed.
The Dominican, Edward Schillebeeckx, wrote a brilliant book titled ‘Christ the Sacrament of the Encounter with God.
Over a period of three years, while they walked with Jesus on the roads, in the fields, sat with him in boats, they gradually came to experience the reality that God was with them, that in him they were encountering God.
Karl Rahner, the Jesuit theologian, talked of the Church being a sacrament.
In many ways, both these insights are true and helpful for us.
There are many ways in which we can encounter God: through each other when we gather for worship; in the person of the priest presiding at the Eucharist (which we all celebrate); in the other sacraments, especially baptism; in the Word, the pages of the Bible (and for many in Sacred Tradition); in our God-given ability to reflect on what we hear and see and witness.
Truly, Christ is present with us, not in the same way as with Jesus’ first followers, but through the action of the Holy Spirit, our Παράκλητος, who is the communication, (the communicatio) between the Father and the Son – the Father is eternally pouring out God’s love – and the Son takes it, and us all, up in return to the Father, through the Spirit that binds them together.
In just a few days, we will celebrate Pentecost, the outpouring of the Holy Spirit and just seven days later, we will celebrate the Holy Trinity, God’s eternal presence with us and for us, with our world and for our world.
At this time, pray for our politicians and leaders,
that they may learn wisdom and integrity.
Pray for those who nurse and care for patients with COVID-19
and for everyone working to protect the most vulnerable in society from this disease.
Pray for essential workers.
Pray for us all.
Music for reflection *
A hymn prelude on the Eastertide hymn ‘Ye choirs of new Jerusalem’
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.
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.
O God, the King of glory,
you have exalted your only Son Jesus Christ
with great triumph to your kingdom in heaven:
do not leave us comfortless,
but send us your Holy Spirit to strengthen us,
and exalt us to that place
where our Saviour Christ has gone before;
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.
Alleluia! Christ is risen.
He is risen indeed. 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: 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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