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Prayer for Thursday of Easter Week, 16 April

A short service of Daily Prayer for Thursday of Easter Week, 16 April 2020

A short service of Daily Prayer for Thursday of Easter Week, 16 April 2020

Preparation

O God, make speed to save us.
O Lord, make haste to help us.

If I climb up to heaven, you are there;
if I make the grave my bed, you are there also.

Praise

God of glory,
by the raising of your Son
you have broken the chains of death and hell:
fill your Church with faith and hope;
for a new day has dawned
and the way to life stands open
in our Saviour Jesus Christ.
Amen.

Psalm 8

O Lord our governor,
how glorious is your name in all the world!

Your majesty above the heavens is praised
out of the mouths of babes at the breast.

You have founded a stronghold against your foes,
that you might still the enemy and the avenger.

When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars that you have ordained,
What is man, that you should be mindful of him;
the son of man, that you should seek him out?

You have made him little lower than the angels
and crown him with glory and honour.

You have given him dominion over the works of your hands
and put all things under his feet,
All sheep and oxen,
even the wild beasts of the field,
The birds of the air, the fish of the sea
and whatsoever moves in the paths of the sea.

O Lord our governor,
how glorious is your name in all the world!

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.

Reading

Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he had been made known to them in the breaking of the bread.

While they were talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, ‘Peace be with you.’  They were startled and terrified, and thought that they were seeing a ghost.  He said to them, ‘Why are you frightened, and why do doubts arise in your hearts?  Look at my hands and my feet; see that it is I myself. Touch me and see; for a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.’  And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet.  While in their joy they were disbelieving and still wondering, he said to them, ‘Have you anything here to eat?’  They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate in their presence.

Then he said to them, ‘These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you—that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled.’ Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and he said to them, ‘Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem.  You are witnesses of these things.’

Luke 24:35–48

This is the word of the Lord.

Prayers

For the Church and for all people, let us pray to God, present among us now and always.

Rejoicing in the saving death and wonderful Resurrection of Christ, we seek the spirit of true repentance for sins committed.  Open the minds of your ministers, and give them deeper understanding of the good news which they preach.

Look with compassion on a world where the innocent still suffer and authority is often unjust.  Give wisdom to those who rule over others, and lead them into the way of compassion and love.

Grant that we shall know the presence of Christ in our families and among our friends.  May he always be the unseen guest at our meals, so that we may welcome others in his name.

Have mercy on all who suffer from the ignorance and malice of power misused.  Strengthen all who are persecuted for their witness to the truth.

We give thanks for the departed who are lifted up with Christ to eternal life.  May they rejoice in his risen and ascended glory.

With awe and reverence but in confidence, we offer our prayers.

Christ yesterday and today,
the beginning and the end,
Alpha and Omega,
all time belongs to you,
and all ages;
to you be glory and power
through every age and for ever.
Amen.

Gathering our prayers and praises into one,
let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us

Our Father, who art in heaven,
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.

The Conclusion

May the risen Christ give us his peace.
Alleluia.  Amen.