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Second Sunday of Easter – April 19, 2020 – Church of the Epiphany

Second Sunday of Easter – April 19, 2020

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Morning Prayer

The Second Sunday of Easter


Opening Hymn                                   Alleluia, Alleluia! Give Thanks to the Risen Lord             Hymn 178

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.


Spread the good news

o’er all the earth.

Jesus has died and has risen.


We have been crucified with Christ.

Now we shall live forever.


Come let us praise the living God,

Joyfully sing to our Saviour.


Celebrant         On this day the Lord has acted; we will rejoice and be glad in it.

Celebrant         Alleluia! Christ is Risen!

People             The Lord is Risen Indeed! Alleluia!

Celebrant         Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen. Alleluia.


The Invitatory                                Christ our Passover: Pascha nostrum                             Hymn S-46

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. Alleluia.


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. Alleluia.


Christ has been raised from the dead,

the first fruits of those how 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. Alleluia.


Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:

As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen. Alleluia.


Psalter                                              Psalm 16


1 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.”


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

upon those who are noble among the people.


3 But those who run after other gods *

shall have their troubles multiplied.


4 Their libations of blood I will not offer, *

nor take the names of their gods upon my lips.


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

it is you who uphold my lot.


6 My boundaries enclose a pleasant land; *

indeed, I have a goodly heritage.


7 I will bless the Lord who gives me counsel; *

my heart teaches me, night after night.


8 I have set the Lord always before me; *

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


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

my body also shall rest in hope.


10 For you will not abandon me to the grave, *

nor let your holy one see the Pit.


11 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.



First Reading                                   Acts 2:14a, 22-32

Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd, “You that are Israelites, listen to what I have to say: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with deeds of power, wonders, and signs that God did through him among you, as you yourselves know— this man, handed over to you according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of those outside the law. But God raised him up, having freed him from death, because it was impossible for him to be held in its power. For David says concerning him,


‘I saw the Lord always before me,

for he is at my right hand so that I will not be shaken;

therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced;

moreover my flesh will live in hope.


For you will not abandon my soul to Hades,

or let your Holy One experience corruption.

You have made known to me the ways of life;

you will make me full of gladness with your presence.’


“Fellow Israelites, I may say to you confidently of our ancestor David that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. Since he was a prophet, he knew that God had sworn with an oath to him that he would put one of his descendants on his throne. Foreseeing this, David spoke of the resurrection of the Messiah, saying,

‘He was not abandoned to Hades,

nor did his flesh experience corruption.’


This Jesus God raised up, and of that all of us are witnesses.”


Lector              The Word of the Lord.

People             Thanks be to God.


First Canticle                                 The Song of Moses: Cantemus Domino                          Hymn S-208

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

I will sing to the Lord for he has risen up in might.

I will sing to the Lord for he has risen up in might, alleluia.


I will sing to the Lord, for he is lofty and uplifted;

the horse and its rider has he hurled into the sea.

The Lord is my strength and my refuge; the Lord has become my Savior.

This is my God and I will praise him, the God of my people and I will exalt him.

The Lord is a mighty warrior; Yahweh is his Name.

The chariots of Pharaoh and his army has he hurled into the sea;

the finest of those who bear armor have been drowned in the Red Sea.

The fathomless deep has overwhelmed them; they sank into the depths like a stone.

Your right hand, O Lord, is glorious in might;

your right hand, O Lord, has overthrown the enemy.

Who can be compared with you, O Lord, among the gods?

Who is like you, glorious in holiness, awesome in renown, and worker of wonders?

You stretched forth your right hand; the earth swallowed them up.

With your constant love you led the people you redeemed;

with your might you brought them in safety to your holy dwelling.

You will bring them in and plant them on the mount of your possession,

The resting-place you have made for yourself,

O Lord, the sanctuary, O Lord, that your hand has established.

The Lord shall reign for ever and for ever.


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

I will sing to the Lord for he has risen up in might.

I will sing to the Lord for he has risen up in might, alleluia.


Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:

as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

I will sing to the Lord for he has risen up in might.

I will sing to the Lord for he has risen up in might, alleluia.



Second Reading                                1 Peter 1:3-9

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy he has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who are being protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, even if now for a little while you have had to suffer various trials, so that the genuineness of your faith—being more precious than gold that, though perishable, is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. Although you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy, for you are receiving the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.


Lector              The Word of the Lord.

People             Thanks be to God.



Second Canticle                              You are God: Te Deum laudamus                                  Hymn S-288

You are God: we praise you;

You are the Lord: we acclaim you;

You are the eternal Father:

All creation worships you.


To you all angels, all the powers of heaven,

Cherubim and Seraphim, sing in endless praise:

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,

heaven and earth are full of your glory.

The glorious company of apostles praise you.

The noble fellowship of prophets praise you.

The white-robed army of martyrs praise you.

Throughout the world the holy Church acclaims you;

Father, of majesty unbounded,

your true and only Son, worthy of all worship,

and the Holy Spirit, advocate and guide.


You, Christ, are the king of glory,

the eternal Son of the Father.

When you became man to set us free

you did not shun the Virgin’s womb.

You overcame the sting of death

and opened the kingdom of heaven to all believers.

You are seated at God’s right hand in glory.

We believe that you will come and be our judge.

Come then, Lord, and help your people,

bought with the price of your own blood,

and bring us with your saints

to glory everlasting.



Gospel Reading                                John 20:19-31

Lector              The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John.

People             Glory to you, Lord Christ.


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.


Lector              The Gospel of the Lord.

People             Praise to you, Lord Christ.


Homily                                               Fr. Dcn. Gary Stoddard


The Apostles’ Creed


I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.

He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary.

He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.

He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again.

He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church,

the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins,

the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.


The Prayers

Celebrant         The Lord be with you.

People             And also with you.


Celebrant         Let us 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.

Save us from the time of trial, and deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and for ever. Amen.


Lector              Save your people, Lord, and bless your inheritance;

People             Govern and uphold them, now and always.


Lector              Day by day we bless you;

People              We praise your Name for ever.


Lector              Lord, keep us from all sin today;

People              Have mercy on us, Lord, have mercy.


Lector              Lord, show us your love and mercy;

People             For we put our trust in you.


Lector              In you, Lord, is our hope;

People              And we shall never hope in vain.


The Collect of the Day

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.


A Collect for Sundays

O God, you make us glad with the weekly remembrance of the glorious resurrection of your Son our Lord: Give us this day such blessing through our worship of you, that the week to come may be spent in your favor; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


The Prayer for Mission

O God, you have made of one blood all the peoples of the earth, and sent your blessed Son to preach peace to those who are far off and to those who are near: Grant that people everywhere may seek after you and find you; bring the nations into your fold; pour out your Spirit upon all flesh; and hasten the coming of your kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Closing Hymn                                   Alleluia, Sing to Jesus                                                   Hymn 460

Alleluia! Sing to Jesus!

His the scepter, His the throne;

Alleluia! His the triumph,

His the victory alone;

Hark! The songs of peaceful Zion

thunder like a mighty flood;

Jesus out of every nation

hath redeemed us by His blood.


Alleluia! Not as orphans

are we left in sorrow now;

Alleluia! He is near us,

faith believes, nor questions how:

Though the cloud from sight received Him,

when the forty days were o’er’,

shall our hearts forget His promise,

“I am with you evermore”?


Alleluia! Bread of heaven,

thou on earth our food, our stay!

Alleluia! Here the sinful

flee to thee from day to day:

Intercessor, Friend of sinners,

earth’s Redeemer, plead for me,

where the songs of all the sinless

sweep across the crystal sea.


Alleluia! King eternal,

thee the Lord of lords we own:

Alleluia! born of Mary,

earth thy footstool, heaven thy throne:

thou within the veil hast entered,

robed in flesh, our great High Priest:

thou on earth both Priest and Victim

in the eucharistic feast.


Alleluia! sing to Jesus!

his the scepter his the throne;

Alleluia! his the triumph,

his the victory alone;

Hark! the songs of holy Zion

thunder like a mighty flood;

Jesus out of every nation

hath redeemed us by his blood.


Celebrant         Let us bless the Lord. Alleluia, alleluia.

People             Thanks be to God. Alleluia, alleluia.


Celebrant         May the God of hope fill us with all joy and peace in believing through the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

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