The Order of Morning Prayer
April 4, 2021
Propers: Easter Sunday

Liturgical Year B
Liturgical Colour – Gold/White

Prayers before beginning Morning Prayer

O holy God, whose power in the life of the Son did loose the bonds of sin and death and give to all children of faith eternal hope, open us this day to deeper meanings of resurrection, so that our trust might be made secure and our joy full, through Jesus Christ, our Lord.  Amen

Covid Prayer
Jesus, during Your ministry on Earth You showed Your power and caring by healing people of all ages and stations of life from physical, mental, and spiritual ailments. Be present now to people who need Your loving touch because of COVID-19. May they feel Your power of healing through the care of doctors and nurses. Take away the fear, anxiety, and feelings of isolation from people receiving treatment or under quarantine. Give them a sense of purpose in pursuing health and protecting others from exposure to the disease. Protect their families and friends and bring peace to all who love them. Amen

The Hymn:

Officiant:  Let all the earth acclaim God.  Sing to the glory of His name, make His praise glorious.

All:
Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty; for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is yours; yours is the Kingdom, O Lord, and you are exalted as head above all.

Officiant:  Hear us O Lord
All:  For your mercy is great.

Officiant:  We will exalt you, O God our Saviour
All:  And praise your name forever and ever.

Officiant:  Glory to the Father and to the Son:  and to the Holy Spirit
All:  As it was in the beginning is now: and shall be forever.   Amen.

All:
Father we come together in the name of your Son Jesus Christ, our Redeemer, to offer you our worship, praise and thanksgiving.  To you belong all power and glory.  You are the source of all goodness.  Let our worship bear witness to your peace and saving power.  Through your Spirit may we ever rejoice in the abiding presence of our risen and ascended Lord. Amen.

THE VENITE

O come let us / sing out to the / Lord:  let us shout in triumph to the / rock of / our sal / vation.  

Let us come before His / face with / thanksgiving:  and cry / out to Him / joyfully in / psalms.

For the Lord is a / great / God:  and a great / king a / bove all / gods.

In His hands are the / depths of the / earth:  and the peaks of the / mountains are / His / also.

The sea is His and / he / made it:  His hands / moulded / dry / land.

Come let us / worship and / bow down:  and kneel be / fore the / Lord our / maker.

For he Himself / is our / God:  we are the people of His pasture, and the /  sheep of / His / hand.

If only you would hear His / voice to / day:  for He comes, He / comes to / judge the / earth:

He shall judge the / world with / righteousness: and the / people / with His / truth.

Glory to the Father and / to the / Son:  and / to the / Holy / Spirit as it was in the beginning / is / now:  and shall be for / ever / A / men.

Officiant:  Lord, we pray to you for the forgiveness of our sins.

(Officiant and people, kneeling, together say)

Have mercy upon us, most merciful Father; in your compassion forgive us our sins, known and unknown, things done and left undone; and so uphold us by your Spirit that we may live and serve you in newness of life, to the honour and glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Officiant:
Set us free, from the bondage of our sins, and give us the liberty of that abundant life which you have made known to us in your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, One God, now and forever.  Amen.

The Psalm:  112

Hallelujah! Happy are they who fear the Lord * and have great delight in his commandments!

Their descendants will be mighty in the land; * the generation of the upright will be blessed.

Wealth and riches will be in their house, * and their righteousness will last for ever.

Light shines in the darkness for the upright; * the righteous are merciful and full of compassion.

It is good for them to be generous in lending * and to manage their affairs with justice.

For they will never be shaken; * the righteous will be kept in everlasting remembrance.

They will not be afraid of any evil rumours; * their heart is right; they put their trust in the Lord.

Their heart is established and will not shrink, * until they see their desire upon their enemies.

They have given freely to the poor, * and their righteousness stands fast for ever; they will hold up their head with honour.

The wicked will see it and be angry; they will gnash their teeth and pine away; * the desires of the wicked will perish.

Glory to the Father and to the Son * and to the Holy Spirit:   as it was in the beginning is now * and shall be for ever. Amen.

                                                                                        The Readings appointed for today

                                                                                                           The First Lesson    

Reader: A Reading from the word of God written in the Book of Acts, chapter 4, verses 32 to 35

Now the whole group of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one claimed private ownership of any possessions, but everything they owned was held in common. With great power the apostles gave their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. There was not a needy person among them, for as many as owned lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold. They laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need.

Reader:  The word of the Lord
All:         Thanks be to God

The Hymn 

The Second Lesson

Reader:  A Reading from the word of God written in the Gospel of John, chapter 20, verses 19 to 31

When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”  But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.” A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.” Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.” Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book. But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name.

Reader:  The word of the Lord
All:         Thanks be to God                                                                 

                                                                                                  THE APOSTLE’S CREED

I believe in God the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord.  He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary.  He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.  He descended to the dead.  On the third day He rose again.  He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father.  He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.  Amen.

                                                                                                            THE PRAYERS

Officiant:  The Lord be with you.
All:       And also with you

Officiant:  Let us pray.  Our Father in heaven,

All:
hallowed be your Name; your kingdom come; your will done on earth as in heaven.  Give us today our daily bread.  Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.  Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil.  For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and forever.  Amen.

THE SUFFRAGES

Officiant:          Show us your mercy, O Lord;
All:                   And grant us your salvation.

Officiant:          Clothe your ministers with righteousness;
All:                    Let you people sing with joy.

Officiant:          Give peace, O Lord in all the world;
All:                    For only in you can we live in safety.

Officiant:            Lord, keep this nation under your care;
All:                    And guide us in the way of justice and truth.

Officiant:          Let your way be known upon earth;
All:                    Your saving health among all nations.

Officiant:          Let not the needy O Lord, be forgotten;
All:                    Nor the hope of the poor be taken away.

Officiant:         Create in us clean hearts, O God;
All:                   And sustain us with your Holy Spirit. 

The Collects:

Officiant: 
Almighty and everlasting God, who in the Paschal mystery established the new covenant of reconciliation: Grant that all who have been reborn into the fellowship of Christ’s Body may show forth in their lives what they profess by their faith; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

O God, the lover of unity and author of peace, to know you is eternal life; to serve you is perfect freedom.  Defend us your servants from all assaults of the enemy, that we may trust in your defence and not fear the power of any adversary; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Into your hands, Lord, we commend ourselves this day.  Let your presence be with us to its close.  Strengthen us to remember that in whatever good work we do we are serving you.  Give us a diligent and watchful spirit, that we may seek in everything to know your will, and knowing it, may gladly perform it, to the honour and glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen

The Hymn  

                                                                                                          The Intercessions

Leader: In peace, we pray to you, Lord God. [Pause …………….]

Leader: For all people in their daily life and work;

All: for our families, friends and neighbours, and for those who are alone.

Leader:  For this community, our country, and the world;

All: for all who work for justice, freedom and peace.

Leader: For the just and proper use of your creation;

All: for the victims of hunger, fear, injustice and oppression.

Leader: For all who are in danger, sorrow, or any kind of trouble;

All: for those who minister to the sick, the friendless and the needy.

Leader: For the peace and unity of the Church of God;

All: for all who proclaim the gospel, and for all who seek the truth.

Leader:
For the Anglican Church in the Province of The West Indies, especially for the Church in the Bahamas; for Howard, Bishop of Jamaica and our Archbishop, Laish our Bishop, Drexel and Gilbert, our Assistant Bishop; for Crosley and Chester, our Clergy; for our Lay Readers and Eucharistic Ministers; for members of the parish vestry, and for all who hold office in this congregation;

All: for all who serve God in the church.

Leader:  For our own needs, and for others for whom you have called us to pray. [Pause …………………]

Leader: Hear us, Lord;

All: For your mercy is great.

Leader:  We thank you, Lord, for all the blessings of life.  [Pause ……………….]

Leader:  We exalt you, O God our king;

All: and praise your name for ever and ever.

Leader:
We give thanks for all those who have died in the peace of Christ, and for the promise of your eternal kingdom.   [Pause………………..]

Leader:   In Christ you have called us to eternal glory;

All: to you be praise for ever and ever. Amen.

                                                                                                     The Prayer of Dedication:

Almighty God, we thank you for the gift of your Holy Word. May it be a lantern to our feet, a light to our paths, and a strength to our lives.  Take us and use us to love and serve all persons in the power of the Holy Spirit and in the Name of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.       

Officiant:
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us evermore.  Amen

The Hymn

                                                                 

Daily Readings

Monday April 12 – Saturday April 17

 Morning Prayer                       Evening Prayer

Monday  –
Psalm 1, 2, 3       Psalm 4, 7
Daniel 1: 1 – 21         Exodus 14: 21 – 31
1 John 1: 1 – 10       John 17: 1 – 11

Tuesday 
Psalm 5, 6         Psalm 10, 11
Daniel 2: 1 – 16     Exodus 15: 1 – 21
1 John 2: 1 – 11       John 17: 12 – 19

Wednesday
Psalm 119: 1 – 24         Psalm 12 – 14
Daniel 2: 17 – 30          Exodus 15: 22 – 16: 10
1 John 2: 12 – 17       John 17: 20 – 26

Thursday –
Psalm 18: 1 – 20          Psalm 18: 21 – 50
Daniel 2: 31 – 49         Exodus 16: 10 – 22
1 John 2: 18 – 29        Luke 3: 1 – 14

Friday –
Psalm 16, 17              Psalm 134, 135
Daniel 3: 1 – 18            Exodus 16: 23 – 36
1 John 3: 1 – 10          Luke 3: 15 – 22

Saturday  – 
Psalm 20, 21: 1 – 7             Psalm 110: 1 – 5, 116, 117
Daniel 3: 19 – 30            Exodus 17: 1 – 16
1 John 3: 11 – 18             Luke 4: 1 – 13