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Third Sunday of Easter – April 26, 2020 – Church of the Epiphany

Third Sunday of Easter – April 26, 2020

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Morning Prayer

The Third Sunday of Easter

April 26, 2020 

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 116:1-3, 10-17

1 I love the Lord, because he has heard the voice of my supplication, *

because he has inclined his ear to me whenever I called upon him.

2 The cords of death entangled me;

the grip of the grave took hold of me; *

I came to grief and sorrow.

3 Then I called upon the Name of the Lord: *

“O Lord, I pray you, save my life.”

10 How shall I repay the Lord *

for all the good things he has done for me?

11 I will lift up the cup of salvation *

and call upon the Name of the Lord.

12 I will fulfill my vows to the Lord *

in the presence of all his people.

13 Precious in the sight of the Lord *

is the death of his servants.

14 O Lord, I am your servant; *

I am your servant and the child of your handmaid;

you have freed me from my bonds.

15 I will offer you the sacrifice of thanksgiving *

and call upon the Name of the Lord.

16 I will fulfill my vows to the Lord *

in the presence of all his people,

17 In the courts of the Lord’s house, *

in the midst of you, O Jerusalem.



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.


First Reading                                   Acts 2:14a, 36-41

Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd, “Let the entire house of Israel know with certainty that God has made him both Lord and Messiah, this Jesus whom you crucified.”

Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and to the other apostles, “Brothers, what should we do?” Peter said to them, “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you, for your children, and for all who are far away, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to him.” And he testified with many other arguments and exhorted them, saying, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.” So those who welcomed his message were baptized, and that day about three thousand persons were added.


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 1:17-23

If you invoke as Father the one who judges all people impartially according to their deeds, live in reverent fear during the time of your exile. You know that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your ancestors, not with perishable things like silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without defect or blemish. He was destined before the foundation of the world, but was revealed at the end of the ages for your sake. Through him you have come to trust in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are set on God.

Now that you have purified your souls by your obedience to the truth so that you have genuine mutual love, love one another deeply from the heart. You have been born anew, not of perishable but of imperishable seed, through the living and enduring word of God.


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                                Luke 24:13-35

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

People             Glory to you, Lord Christ.

Now on that same day two of Jesus’ disciples were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and went with them, but their eyes were kept from recognizing him. And he said to them, “What are you discussing with each other while you walk along?” They stood still, looking sad. Then one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answered him, “Are you the only stranger in Jerusalem who does not know the things that have taken place there in these days?” He asked them, “What things?” They replied, “The things about Jesus of Nazareth, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, and how our chief priests and leaders handed him over to be condemned to death and crucified him. But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things took place. Moreover, some women of our group astounded us. They were at the tomb early this morning, and when they did not find his body there, they came back and told us that they had indeed seen a vision of angels who said that he was alive. Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said; but they did not see him.” Then he said to them, “Oh, how foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have declared! Was it not necessary that the Messiah should suffer these things and then enter into his glory?” Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them the things about himself in all the scriptures.

As they came near the village to which they were going, he walked ahead as if he were going on. But they urged him strongly, saying, “Stay with us, because it is almost evening and the day is now nearly over.” So he went in to stay with them. When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight. They said to each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us?” That same hour they got up and returned to Jerusalem; and they found the eleven and their companions gathered together. They were saying, “The Lord has risen indeed, and he has appeared to Simon!” Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he had been made known to them in the breaking of the bread.

Lector              The Gospel of the Lord.

People             Praise to you, Lord Christ.


Homily                                               Fr. Stace Tafoya


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

O God, whose blessed Son made himself known to his disciples in the breaking of bread: Open the eyes of our faith, that we may behold him in all his redeeming work; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for 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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