An Order for Sunday Online Worship for the Easter Season

An Order for Sunday Online Worship for The Easter Season

(An abbreviated Eucharist)

 Please prepare a sacred space for todays Liturgy.  

Celebrant: Alleluia, Christ is Risen!

People: The Lord is Risen Indeed! Alleluia!

Christ our Passover Pascha nostrum

1 Corinthians 5:7-8; Romans 6:9-11; 1 Corinthians 15:20-22

The Celebrant reads the Canticle and all respond with the Alleluia.


Christ our Passover has been sacrificed for us; *

therefore let us keep the feast,

Not with the old leaven, the leaven of malice and evil, *

but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.


Christ being raised from the dead will never die again; *

death no longer has dominion over him.

The death that he died, he died to sin, once for all; *

but the life he lives, he lives to God.

So also consider yourselves dead to sin, *

and alive to God in Jesus Christ our Lord.


Christ has been raised from the dead, *

the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep.

For since by a man came death, *

by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead.

For as in Adam all die, *

so also in Christ shall all be made alive.


The Celebrant says: Let us pray.

Silence is kept.

Collect for the Second Sunday of Easter or other Sunday

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.

Psalm 16. or other appointed Psalm

Conserva me, Domine


Protect me, O God, for I take refuge in you; *

I have said to the Lord, “You are my Lord,

my good above all other.”


All my delight is upon the godly that are in the land, *

upon those who are noble among the people.


But those who run after other gods *

shall have their troubles multiplied.


Their libations of blood I will not offer, *

nor take the names of their gods upon my lips.


O Lord, you are my portion and my cup; *

it is you who uphold my lot.


My boundaries enclose a pleasant land; *

indeed, I have a goodly heritage.


I will bless the Lord who gives me counsel; *

my heart teaches me, night after night.


I have set the Lord always before me; *

because he is at my right hand I shall not fall.


My heart, therefore, is glad, and my spirit rejoices; *

my body also shall rest in hope.


For you will not abandon me to the grave, *

nor let your holy one see the Pit.


You will show me the path of life; *

in your presence there is fullness of joy,

and in your right hand are pleasures for evermore.

Acclamation: Sung Celtic Aleluia (Alleluia x4)

The Holy Gospel

(this or other appointed Gospel)

John 20:19-31 (NRSV)

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. 

A Brief Reflection on the Word.

Prayers of Intercession

(From Common Worship)

Celebrant: We pray to Jesus who is present with us to eternity.

Jesus, light of the world,

bring the light and peace of your gospel to the nations …

Jesus, Lord of life,

All: in your mercy, hear us.

Jesus, bread of life,

give food to the hungry …

and nourish us all with your word.

Jesus, Lord of life,

in your mercy, hear us.

Jesus, our way, our truth, our life,

be with us and all who follow you in the way …

Deepen our appreciation of your truth

and fill us with your life.

Jesus, Lord of life,

in your mercy, hear us.

Jesus, Good Shepherd who gave your life for the sheep,

recover the straggler,

bind up the injured,

strengthen the sick especially those affected by Covid 19, and lead the healthy and strong to new pastures.

Jesus, Lord of life,

in your mercy, hear us.

Jesus, the resurrection and the life,

we give you thanks for all who have lived and believed in you …

Raise us with them to eternal life.

Jesus, Lord of life,

in your mercy, hear us,

accept our prayers, and be with us always.


Song for Offertory

Alleluia, Alleluia, Give thanks to the Risen Lord,

Alleluia, Alleluia, give praise to His name.


Jesus is Lord of all the earth.

He is the King of creation. Refrain.

Spread the good news o’er all the earth.

Jesus has died and has risen. Refrain.

We have been crucified with Christ.

Now we shall live forever. Refrain.

God has proclaimed the just reward:

Life for all people, alleluia! Refrain.

Come, let us praise the living God,

Joyfully sing to our Saviour. Refrain.

(The table is now prepared, those who are watching may light a candle at this moment)

(Each one in their home sets aside bread and some drink for Agape)

The Great Thanksgiving. Short form (BCP page 401)

Celebrant The Lord be with you.

People: And also with you.

Celebrant Lift up your hearts.

People: We lift them to the Lord.

Celebrant: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

People: It is right to give him thanks and praise.

It is indeed right, our duty and our joy,

always and everywhere to give you thanks,

almighty and eternal Father,

And now we give you thanks

because Christ our paschal sacrifice

has made us children of the light,

rising to new and everlasting life.

He has opened the gates of heaven

to receive his faithful people.

His death is our ransom from death,

his resurrection is our rising to life.

The joy of the resurrection renews the whole world,

while the choirs of heaven sing for ever to your glory.

Celebrant and People: Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.

Celebrant: And so, Father, we bring you these gifts. Sanctify them by your Holy Spirit to be for your people the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ our Lord.

(At the following words concerning the bread, the Celebrant is to hold it, or lay a hand upon it; and at the words concerning the cup, to hold or place a hand upon the cup and any other vessel containing wine to be consecrated)

On the night he was betrayed he took bread, said the blessing, broke the bread, and gave it to his friends, and said, “Take, eat: This is my Body, which is given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.”

After supper, he took the cup of wine, gave thanks, and said, “Drink this, all of you; This is my Blood of the new Covenant, which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this for the remembrance of me.”

Father, we now celebrate the memorial of your Son. By means of this holy bread and cup, we show forth the sacrifice of his death, and proclaim his resurrection, until he comes again. Gather us by this Holy Communion into one body in your Son Jesus Christ. Make us a living sacrifice of praise.

By him, and with him, and in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit all honor and glory is yours, Almighty Father, now and for ever. AMEN.

The Lords Prayer.

All: 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, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

Celebrant: The gifts of God for the people of God.

Prayer of Longing


Lord Jesus, we miss the sacrament of Holy Communion.  Since not all can receive communion in our own churches at this time, may this service, in which we gather in this Easter Season, strengthen our understanding that you are already in our hearts and never allow us to be separated from you, as we wait in eager anticipation for the time when we can gather again around your table with our local congregation, and in the future with each other.  Amen.

Blessing of the Bread and sustenance for Agape in Home

(all say together)

Blessed are you, O Lord our God; you bring forth bread and fruit from the earth and make the risen Lord to be for us the Bread of life: Grant that we who daily seek the bread which sustains our bodies may we also hunger for the food of everlasting life, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

(Those who have access to the sacrament may now receive. and those who have Agape food now partake in their own home)

( If a person desires Communion but is unable to at that moment, the minister should assure that person that all benefits of Communion are received through an act of spiritual communion even if the Sacrament is not received. The minister and or the individuals may pray using these words)

from Enriching our Worship 2

Prayer of Spiritual Communion

All: God of infinite mercy, we thank you for Jesus our Savior, our true Mother who feeds us and gives us eternal life. Though We cannot all consume these gifts of bread and wine, We thank you that We have received the sacrament of Christ’s presence, the forgiveness of sins, and all other benefits of Christ’s passion. Grant that we may continue for ever in the Risen Life of our Savior, who with you and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Final Blessing

God, who through the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ

has given us the victory,

give you joy and peace in your faith;

and the blessing of God almighty,

the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,

be among you and remain with you always.

All   Amen.

We are raised to new life with Christ.

Go in his peace. Alleluia, alleluia.

All Thanks be to God. Alleluia, alleluia.

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