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Prayer for Friday of Easter Week, 17 April

Listen to or read a short service of prayer for the Friday of Easter Week, 17 April

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 118:1–4, 22–26

O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
his mercy endures for ever.

Let Israel now proclaim,
‘His mercy endures for ever.’

Let the house of Aaron now proclaim,
‘His mercy endures for ever.’

Let those who fear the Lord proclaim,
‘His mercy endures for ever.’

The stone which the builders rejected
has become the chief cornerstone.

This is the Lord’s doing,
and it is marvellous in our eyes.

This is the day that the Lord has made;
we will rejoice and be glad in it.

Come, O Lord, and save us we pray.
Come, Lord, send us now prosperity.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord;
we bless you from the house of the Lord.

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

After these things Jesus showed himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias; and he showed himself in this way.  Gathered there together were Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of his disciples.  Simon Peter said to them, ‘I am going fishing.’ They said to him, ‘We will go with you.’ They went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.

Just after daybreak, Jesus stood on the beach; but the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to them, ‘Children, you have no fish, have you?’ They answered him, ‘No.’  He said to them, ‘Cast the net to the right side of the boat, and you will find some.’ So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in because there were so many fish.  That disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, ‘It is the Lord!’ When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on some clothes, for he was naked, and jumped into the lake.  But the other disciples came in the boat, dragging the net full of fish, for they were not far from the land, only about a hundred yards off.

When they had gone ashore, they saw a charcoal fire there, with fish on it, and bread.  Jesus said to them, ‘Bring some of the fish that you have just caught.’  So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish, a hundred and fifty-three of them; and though there were so many, the net was not torn.  Jesus said to them, ‘Come and have breakfast.’ Now none of the disciples dared to ask him, ‘Who are you?’ because they knew it was the Lord.  Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish.  This was now the third time that Jesus appeared to the disciples after he was raised from the dead.

John 21:1–14 (NRSV)

This is the word of the Lord.

Prayers

In sincere love, let us pray to the Lord whose love has given us light and life.

Grant that the Church may always be fervent to proclaim your glory.  In the power of the Resurrection, give your people grace to love you deeply and to follow you faithfully.

Fill the whole world with your power, that all may acknowledge you.  Give light to those who are in the darkness of ignorance and prejudice.  Let all men and women know the particular calling that is your purpose for them.

Give grace to us, our families and friends, to recognize the presence of Christ in all we do.  In our lives together, make us witnesses to the love that he brings to all who will follow him.

Have mercy on all who are grieved with guilt because they have wronged any that they loved.  Restore the broken relationships and heal the wounds of past betrayals.

We remember those who have died, that they may have life in Christ.  Bring them to the joy of heaven where they may worship and adore you for ever.

Responding to the call of Christ that we should follow him, we pray in his name.

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.