St Bartholomew & St
Worshiping together at
Easter Day 4th April
Anyone can lead this service, with
another or by themselves.
Fr Richard may ask to lead this
over the phone when he calls.
Leader: In the name of the Father, and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit.
Leader: You raise the dead to life in the Spirit: Lord, have
People: Lord, have mercy.
Leader: You bring pardon and peace to the broken in heart: Christ, have
People: Christ, have mercy.
Leader: You make one by your Spirit the torn and divided: Lord,
have mercy. People: Lord, have mercy
Leader May Almighty God have mercy on us,
forgive us our sins,
and bring us to everlasting life. Amen.
who on this day,
through your Only Begotten Son,
have conquered death
and unlocked for us the path to eternity,
grant, we pray, that we who keep
the solemnity of the Lord’s Resurrection
may, through the renewal brought by your Spirit,
rise up in the light of life.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen
Early on the first day of the week, while it was still
dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb. 2So
she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, ‘They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid
Peter and the other disciple set out and went towards the tomb. 4The
two were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. 5He
bent down to look in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he did not go in. 6Then
Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen wrappings lying there, 7and
the cloth that had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen wrappings but rolled up in a place by itself. 8Then
the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; 9for
as yet they did not understand the scripture, that he must rise from the dead.
Put yourself in the shoes of Peter and ‘the beloved disciple’; their deep sadness
at their great friend’s death and now this news of an empty tomb and their bewilderment. Is there some sort of hope deep down in their hearts that, despite all the appearances, this might not be the
Reflect on any ‘resurrection’ experiences you might have had in your own life.
Talk with Mother Mary about her Son’s death and now he is alive. Can I ask for the gift of faith in the risen Lord ?
This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad. Jesus is
risen, never to die again. After the anguish of the last few days, it is the time of unbounded joy. I ask for the grace to enter into the joy of Jesus himself, the seed that fell to the ground and
died, and is now bearing abundant fruit, full of new life.
Today’s reading says of the two apostles that ‘as yet they did not understand the
scripture, that he must rise from the dead.’ I too ask for the grace to grow in my understanding of this great reality: St Paul calls the Resurrection the foundation of our faith, but I have no
direct experience of it except for the Risen Jesus.
The resurrection! No one saw it happen: it is too big for that. But in the
resurrection of Jesus all of creation is risen, and we human beings walk ‘in newness of life’ as St Paul says. The resurrection is, in the words of pope Benedict, a cosmic event of love, shattering
In the hidden power of the resurrection people of all faiths and none struggle to
live good lives in a darkened world—we are all in the birth-pangs of becoming resurrected people. I am one of them. I ask the risen Lord that my life may be an instance of the resurrection. Gerard
Manley Hopkins speaks of the comfort of the resurrection. Lord, may it be truly a comfort for me when life is hard or when death draws near to me or those I love. We shall all rise in
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Leader: In fellowship with the whole Church of God,
with all who have been brought together
by the Holy Spirit to worship on this day,
let us rejoice that we are called
to be part of the body of Christ.
Alleluia! The Peace of the Lord be with you.
Others: And also with you.
Pray for your families, your
friends, those who are alone, those who are scared or in pain and those who are passed from this world. (Use the sheet).
Leader: As our Saviour has taught us so we pray:
All say: Our Father who art in
Hallowed be thy name,
Thy kingdom come, thy will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread
and forgive us our trespasses
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever. Amen.
Leader: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
and the love of God,
and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit
be with us all evermore.
Easter Anthem to Our Lady
Joy to thee, O Queen of Heaven. Alleluia!
He whom Thou wast meet to bear. Alleluia!
As He promised hath arisen. Alleluia!
Pour for us to God thy prayer. Alleluia!
Priest: Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, alleluia.
People: For the Lord is risen indeed, alleluia.
Priest: Let us pray:
O God, who through the resurrection of Thy Son our Lord Jesus Christ
didst vouchsafe to give joy to the world:
grant, we beseech thee, that through His Mother, the Virgin Mary,
we may obtain the joys of everlasting life.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.