Morning Prayer
Easter Season
Tuesday, 13 April 2021

Preparation

O Lord, open our lips
All and our mouth shall proclaim your praise.

In your resurrection, O Christ,
All let heaven and earth rejoice. Alleluia.

Blessed are you, Lord God of our salvation,
to you be praise and glory for ever.
As once you ransomed your people from Egypt
and led them to freedom in the promised land,
so now you have delivered us from the dominion of darkness
and brought us into the kingdom of your risen Son.
May we, the first fruits of your new creation,
rejoice in this new day you have made,
and praise you for your mighty acts.
Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
All Blessed be God for ever.

a suitable hymn, or the Easter Anthems

1 Christ our passover has been sacrificed for us: 
so let us celebrate the feast,

2 not with the old leaven of corruption and wickedness: 
but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

1 Corinthians 5.7b, 8

3 Christ once raised from the dead dies no more: 
death has no more dominion over him.

4 In dying he died to sin once for all: 
in living he lives to God.

5 See yourselves therefore as dead to sin: 
and alive to God in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Romans 6.9-11

6 Christ has been raised from the dead: 
the first fruits of those who sleep.

7 For as by man came death: 
by man has come also the resurrection of the dead;

8 for as in Adam all die: 
even so in Christ shall all be made alive.

1 Corinthians 15.20-22

All 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.

This opening prayer may be said

The night has passed, and the day lies open before us;
let us pray with one heart and mind.

Silence is kept.

As we rejoice in the gift of this new day,
so may the light of your presence, O God,
set our hearts on fire with love for you;
now and for ever.
All Amen.

The Word of God

Psalmody

Psalm 8

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

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

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

4 When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, 
the moon and the stars that you have ordained,

5 What is man, that you should be mindful of him; 
the son of man, that you should seek him out?

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

7 You have given him dominion over the works of your hands 
and put all things under his feet,

8 All sheep and oxen, 
even the wild beasts of the field,

9 The birds of the air, the fish of the sea 
and whatsoever moves in the paths of the sea.

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

We bless you, master of the heavens,
for the wonderful order which enfolds this world;
grant that your whole creation
may find fulfilment in the Son of Man,
Jesus Christ our Saviour.

Psalm 20

Refrain: We will call on the name of the Lord our God.

1 May the Lord hear you in the day of trouble, 
the name of the God of Jacob defend you;

2 Send you help from his sanctuary 
and strengthen you out of Zion;

3 Remember all your offerings 
and accept your burnt sacrifice;

4 Grant you your heart’s desire 
and fulfil all your mind.

5 May we rejoice in your salvation
and triumph in the name of our God; 

may the Lord perform all your petitions. 
R We will call on the name of the Lord our God.

6 Now I know that the Lord will save his anointed; 
he will answer him from his holy heaven,
with the mighty strength of his right hand.

7 Some put their trust in chariots and some in horses, 
but we will call only on the name of the Lord our God.

8 They are brought down and fallen, 
but we are risen and stand upright.

9 O Lord, save the king 
and answer us when we call upon you.

Refrain: We will call on the name of the Lord our God.

Merciful God,
purify our hearts in the flame of your Spirit
and transform our toil into an offering of praise,
that we may reject the proud rule of might
and trust in Christ alone,
for he is our Lord for ever and ever.

All 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.

If there are two Scripture readings, the first may be read here, or both may be read after the canticle.

Deuteronomy 1.19-40

Then, just as the Lord our God had ordered us, we set out from Horeb and went through all that great and terrible wilderness that you saw, on the way to the hill country of the Amorites, until we reached Kadesh-barnea. I said to you, ‘You have reached the hill country of the Amorites, which the Lord our God is giving us. See, the Lord your God has given the land to you; go up, take possession, as the Lord, the God of your ancestors, has promised you; do not fear or be dismayed.’

All of you came to me and said, ‘Let us send men ahead of us to explore the land for us and bring back a report to us regarding the route by which we should go up and the cities we will come to.’ The plan seemed good to me, and I selected twelve of you, one from each tribe. They set out and went up into the hill country, and when they reached the Valley of Eshcol they spied it out and gathered some of the land’s produce, which they brought down to us. They brought back a report to us, and said, ‘It is a good land that the Lord our God is giving us.’

But you were unwilling to go up. You rebelled against the command of the Lord your God; you grumbled in your tents and said, ‘It is because the Lord hates us that he has brought us out of the land of Egypt, to hand us over to the Amorites to destroy us. Where are we heading? Our kindred have made our hearts fail by reporting, “The people are stronger and taller than we are; the cities are large and fortified up to heaven! We actually saw there the offspring of the Anakim!” ’ I said to you, ‘Have no dread or fear of them. The Lord your God, who goes before you, is the one who will fight for you, just as he did for you in Egypt before your very eyes, and in the wilderness, where you saw how the Lord your God carried you, just as one carries a child, all the way that you travelled until you reached this place. But in spite of this, you have no trust in the Lord your God, who goes before you on the way to seek out a place for you to camp, in fire by night, and in the cloud by day, to show you the route you should take.’

When the Lord heard your words, he was wrathful and swore: ‘Not one of these—not one of this evil generation—shall see the good land that I swore to give to your ancestors, except Caleb son of Jephunneh. He shall see it, and to him and to his descendants I will give the land on which he set foot, because of his complete fidelity to the Lord.’ Even with me the Lord was angry on your account, saying, ‘You also shall not enter there. Joshua son of Nun, your assistant, shall enter there; encourage him, for he is the one who will secure Israel’s possession of it. And as for your little ones, who you thought would become booty, your children, who today do not yet know right from wrong, they shall enter there; to them I will give it, and they shall take possession of it. But as for you, journey back into the wilderness, in the direction of the Red Sea.’

Canticle

The Song of Moses and Miriam

All In your unfailing love, O Lord,
you lead the people whom you have redeemed. Alleluia.

1 I will sing to the Lord, who has triumphed gloriously, 
the horse and his rider he has thrown into the sea.

2 The Lord is my strength and my song 
and has become my salvation.

3 This is my God whom I will praise, 
the God of my forebears whom I will exalt.

4 The Lord is a warrior, 
the Lord is his name.

5 Your right hand, O Lord, is glorious in power: 
your right hand, O Lord, shatters the enemy.

6 At the blast of your nostrils, the sea covered them; 
they sank as lead in the mighty waters.

7 In your unfailing love, O Lord, 
you lead the people whom you have redeemed.

8 And by your invincible strength 
you will guide them to your holy dwelling.

9 You will bring them in and plant them, O Lord, 
in the sanctuary which your hands have established.

Exodus 15.1b-3, 6, 10, 13, 17

All 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.

All In your unfailing love, O Lord,
you lead the people whom you have redeemed. Alleluia.

Scripture Reading

John 20.11-18

But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb; and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying, one at the head and the other at the feet. They said to her, ‘Woman, why are you weeping?’ She said to them, ‘They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.’ When she had said this, she turned round and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, why are you weeping? For whom are you looking?’ Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, ‘Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.’ Jesus said to her, ‘Mary!’ She turned and said to him in Hebrew, ‘Rabbouni!’ (which means Teacher). Jesus said to her, ‘Do not hold on to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and say to them, “I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.” ’ Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, ‘I have seen the Lord’; and she told them that he had said these things to her.

A suitable song or chant, or a responsory in this or another form, may follow

Death is swallowed up in victory.
All Where, O death, is your sting?
Christ is risen from the dead,
the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep.
All Death is swallowed up in victory.
The trumpet will sound
and the dead shall be raised.
All Where, O death, is your sting?
We shall not all sleep,
but we shall be changed.
All Death is swallowed up in victory.
Where, O death, is your sting?

from 1 Corinthians 15

Gospel Canticle

The Benedictus (The Song of Zechariah)

All The Lord is risen from the tomb
who for our sakes hung upon the tree. Alleluia.

1 Blessed be the Lord the God of Israel, 
who has come to his people and set them free.

2 He has raised up for us a mighty Saviour, 
born of the house of his servant David.

3 Through his holy prophets God promised of old 
to save us from our enemies,
from the hands of all that hate us,

4 To show mercy to our ancestors, 
and to remember his holy covenant.

5 This was the oath God swore to our father Abraham: 
to set us free from the hands of our enemies,

6 Free to worship him without fear, 
holy and righteous in his sight
all the days of our life.

7 And you, child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High, 
for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way,

8 To give his people knowledge of salvation 
by the forgiveness of all their sins.

9 In the tender compassion of our God 
the dawn from on high shall break upon us,

10 To shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death, 
and to guide our feet into the way of peace.

Luke 1.68-79

All 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.

All The Lord is risen from the tomb
who for our sakes hung upon the tree. Alleluia.

Prayers

Intercessions are offered
 for the day and its tasks
 for the world and its needs
 for the Church and her life

Lord, in your mercy
hear our prayer

The Collect of the day is said

Almighty Father,
you have given your only Son to die for our sins
and to rise again for our justification:
grant us so to put away the leaven of malice and wickedness
that we may always serve you
in pureness of living and truth;
through the merits of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
All Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer is said

Rejoicing in God’s new creation,
as our Saviour taught us, so we pray

All Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and for ever.
Amen.

The Conclusion

May the risen Christ grant us the joys of eternal life.
All Amen.

Let us bless the Lord. Alleluia, alleluia.
All Thanks be to God. Alleluia, alleluia.