12th April Easter Day

Hallelujah Christ has risen! He has risen indeed hallelujah!

John 20. 19-29        Jesus Appears to the Disciples

19 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.’ 20After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. 21Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.’ 22When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. 23If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.’

Jesus and Thomas

24 But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. 25So 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.’

26 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.’ 27Then 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.’ 28Thomas answered him, ‘My Lord and my God!’ 29Jesus said to him, ‘Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.’



Receiving Communion spiritually on Easter Day

Then let us feast this Easter Day on Christ, the bread of heaven.

The Word of grace has purged away the old and evil leaven.

Christ alone our souls will feed; he is our meat and drink indeed;

faith lives upon no other! Alleluia!        words of Martin Luther


From the Book of Common Prayer (1662) rubrics in “The Communion for the sick”

But if a main, either by reason of extremity of sickness, or for want of warning in due time to the Curate, or for lack of company to receive with him, or by any other just impediment, do not receive the Sacrament of Christ’s Body and Blood: the Curate shall instruct him that if he do truly repent of his sins, and steadfastly believe that Jesus Christ hath suffered death upon the Cross for him, and shed his Blood for his redemption, earnestly remembering the benefits he hath thereby, and giving him hearty thanks therefore; he does eat and drink the Body and Blood of our Saviour Christ profitably to his soul’s health, although he did not receive the Sacrament with his mouth.


Jesus, our Lord, we praise you

that nothing could keep you dead in the grave.

You are stronger than death and the devil.

Help us to remember

that there is nothing to be afraid of,

because you are alive and by our side.

prayer of Archbishop William Temple 1881-1944




Thine be the glory, risen, conqu'ring Son,
endless is the victory thou o'er death hast won;
angels in bright raiment rolled the stone away,
kept the folded grave clothes, where thy body lay.

Thine be the glory,risen conquering Son,
endless is the victory, thou o'er death hast won.

Lo! Jesus meets us, risen from the tomb;
lovingly he greets us, scatters fear and gloom;
let the Church with gladness hymns of triumph sing,
for her Lord now liveth; death hath lost its sting.

No more we doubt Thee, glorious Prince of Life;
life is naught without thee; aid us in our strife;
make us more than conquerors, through thy deathless love:
bring us safe through Jordan to thy home above.

Edmund Budry (1854-1932) – who was French – translated Richard Birch Hoyle (1875-1939)


King’s College choir https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lXzmjNE-yLA


Prayer of C.N.R. Wallwork

Be present, O risen Lord,

in this your church’s Easter praise;

that its anthems of joy and its proclamation of your victory

may worthily celebrate

both the mystery of your redeeming love

and the majesty of your eternal glory. Amen.


Prayer from Church of England daily prayer (use the dot as a moment to pause in prayer and to bring people to mind)

On this day that the Lord has made, let us pray for the people he has redeemed.

  • that we may live as those who believe in the triumph of the cross…
  • that all people may receive the good news of his victory…
  • that those born to new life in the waters of baptism may know the power of his resurrection…
  • that those who suffer pain and anguish may find healing and peace in the wounds of Christ…
  • that in the undying love of Christ we may be united with all who have died in the faith of Christ…
  • let us commend the world, in which Christ rose from the dead, to the mercy and protection of God…

















By Kitty O’Meara            sent by Bridgette Nulty following two bereavements
And the people stayed home.
And read books, and listened, and rested,
and exercised, and made art, and played games,
and learned new ways of being, and were still.
And listened more deeply.
Some meditated, some prayed, some danced.
Some met their shadows.
And the people began to think differently.
And the people healed.
And, in the absence of people living in ignorant,
dangerous, mindless, and heartless ways,
the earth began to heal.
And when the danger passed, and the people joined together again,
they grieved their losses, and made new choices, and dreamed new images,
and created new ways to live and heal the earth fully,
as they had been healed.



Bridgett also says: I was also reminded of a song we had sung with the Military Wives Choir (at Remembrance Day services) which offered some comfort:

Jenn Bostic "Jealous Of The Angels"


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