focus of the day:

Jesus is risen
A journey ends;      
a new journey begins.  

HE IS RISEN!

     We gather to celebrate God's victory, in Christ, over the power and attraction of death. The gospel for Easter Day is the foundation story about how would-be disciples of Jesus came to a transformed faith and new life.
     This is the kind of community of hope, into which the baptised have been incorporated at Easter. Now they are themselves committed, to realise that community through their own practice.
 

gathering prayer:

[ The Eucharist can take place only when believers are gathered together in the name of Jesus Christ and in the power of God's holy Spirit.
Avoid an over-wordy gathering rite.
]

[ Sample ]   Penitential Rite form

 
Presider:
Friends in Christ,
we gather around
the light of the Easter candle;
a symbol of the One
whose rising from the dead
we celebrate today:
 
Presider:
Risen Jesus,
Son of God with power,
according to the Spirit of holiness,
by Your rising from the dead,
LORD, have mercy:
 
Assembly:
LORD, have mercy.
 
Presider:
Risen Jesus,
faithful witness of the Father's love,
first-born from the dead;
CHRIST, have mercy:
 
Assembly:
CHRIST, have mercy.
 
Presider:
Risen Jesus,
Prince of life,
judge of the living & the dead;
LORD, have mercy:
 
Assembly:
LORD, have mercy.
 
Presider:
May almighty God show us mercy
and forgive us the old age of our sin.
May God help us to put on the new self -
created in righteousness
and holiness of truth.
And may God bring us
to everlasting life:
 
Assembly:
Amen.
 
 
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GLORIA

( Sung )

 

opening prayer:

[ The leader invites the people to pray
in these or similar words:...
]

[ Sample ]

 
Presider:
Friends, let us pray
on this Easter morning
for the life that never again
shall see darkness:
( Pause for silent prayer:... )
Light in our darkness,
who on this day,
through your Only Begotten Son,
have conquered death
and unlocked for us
the path to eternity,
grant, we pray, that we who keep
the solemnity of the Lord's Resurrection
may, through the renewal brought by your Spirit
rise up in the light of life.
Through our LORD Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever:
 
Assembly:
Amen.
 
 
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The Readings:

[ The commentator focuses on giving a brief context of the readings, including the gospel, so that those who are going to hear the readings, are ready to receive what is being offered in the reading itself. ]

 

the first reading:

Commentator:

[ Introduction ]

Today's texts announce God's victory over the power of death! Peter sermonises about post-Easter Eucharistic meals in which Jesus was understood to be present through those assembled, and charges his listeners who have shared in those meals, to proclaim God's power-for-life and to give witness to the risen Jesus!
 
Reader 1:
Acts 10 : 34, 37 - 43
 
the response:
Psalm 118 (117) : 24
 
Assembly:
This is the Day God has made,
let us rejoice and be glad!
 

the second reading:

Commentator:

[ Introduction ]

As in today's first reading, the text from Colossians announces God's victory over the power of death! The action of God brings "glorification" for all God's people. The resurrection of Jesus is THE event that makes a radical style of new life possible.
 
Reader 2:
Colossians 3 : 1 - 4
 
sequence:
 
 
Cantor:
Christians, to the Paschal Victim
offer sacrifice and praise. the sheep are ransomed by the Lamb;
and Christ the undefiled,
hath sinners to his Father reconciled.
Death with life contended;
combat strangely ended!
Life's own Champion, slain,
yet lives to reign.
Tell us Mary;
say what thou didst see upon the way?
The tomb the Living did enclose;
I saw Christ's glory as he rose!
The angels there attesting;
shroud with grave-clothes resting.
Christ, my hope, has risen;
he goes before you into Galilee.
That Christ is truly risen from the dead we know.
Victorious king, Thy mercy show!
 
Assembly:
Amen.
 
gospel acclamation:
 
 
Assembly:
Allelluia, alleluia!
Christ, our passover, has been sacrificed:
let us celebrate the feast then, in the Lord:
Alleluia!
 

the Gospel:

Commentator:

[ Introduction ]

The early part of John's gospel, shows the possibility of the movement from 'no faith' towards faith. For example, the mother of Jesus, Nicodemus, the Samaritan woman and the royal official (Jn.2:1-4:54). Now at the end of Jesus' story there are three more examples - the Beloved Disciple, Mary Magdala and later there will be the story of Thomas.
 
Presider/Deacon:
John 20 : 1 - 9
 

Homily:

 

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Renewal of
Baptismal Promises:

[ The rite of renewal of baptismal promises may be repeated after the homily. When this is done, the Profession of Faith is omitted. ]

 
Presider:
Friends, in Christ,
through the paschal mystery
we have been buried with Christ
in baptism so that we may rise
with Him to new life.
Now that we have completed
our Lenten observance,
let us renew the promises
we made in baptism
when we rejected Satan
and his works,
and promised to serve God faithfully
in God's holy, catholic church.

And so:
 
 
Do you reject sin,
so as to live in the freedom
of God's people?
 
Assembly:
I do.
 
Presider:
Do you reject the glamour of evil
and refuse to be mastered by sin?
 
Assembly:
I do.
 
Presider:
Do you reject Satan,
father of sin
and prince of darkness?
 
Assembly:
I do.
 
Presider:
Do you believe in God,
the Father almighty,
Creator of heaven and Earth?
 
Assembly:
I do.

 
Presider:
Do you believe in Jesus Christ,
God's only begotten Son, our Lord,
who was born of the Virgin Mary,
was crucified, died, and was buried,
rose from the dead,
and is now seated
at the right of the Father?
 
Assembly:
I do.
 
Presider:
Do you believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and life everlasting?
 
Assembly:
I do.
 
Presider:
God the all-powerful Father
of our Lord Jesus Christ,
has given us a new birth
by water and the Holy Spirit,
and forgiven all our sins.
May God also keep us faithful
to our Lord Jesus Christ
now and always.
 
Assembly:
AmenN.
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intercessions:

[ The intercessions have the following outline:
  • A brief opening invitation to pray by the leader;
  • Two or three intentions offered by the leader. Where these are taken from a book, the most appropriate ones for that day should be chosen, especially those which relate the the readings or homily;
  • An invitation to the congregation to offer their own intentions. It is helpful if these can be organised to some extent beforehand;
  • If there are special events in the community or special needs for prayer which have not so far been mentioned, the leader could well introduce such intentions here;
  • A concluding prayer by the leader. ]
[ Sample Prayers ]

 
Presider:
Friends,
We remember Jesus' words,
"Stay awake praying at all times."
Let us pray for our needs
and the needs of our world:...
 
1:
That those who lead
the Christian community
will see God's power-for-life,
in their ministry of Word,
Eucharist & hospitality.
God of new beginnings, hear us:
 
Assembly:
God of new beginnings, hear us.
 
2:
That those who lead nations
will see God's power-for-life,
in working successfully
for justice & peace.
God of new beginnings, hear us:
 
Assembly:
God of new beginnings, hear us.
 
3:
That those who suffer
sickness, unemployment, poverty
will see God's power-for-life,
in the words of hope & deeds of love
of those working for structural change.
God of new beginnings, hear us:
 
Assembly:
God of new beginnings, hear us.
 
 
4:
That those who are gathered here
will see the God's power-for-life
in our zeal for all
that is right and just.
God of new beginnings, hear us:
 
Assembly:
God of new beginnings, hear us.
 
Presider:
Let us pray, in the silence of our hearts
for our own personal intentions:...
( Pause in silent prayer:... )
God of new beginnings, hear us:
 
Assembly:
God of new beginnings, hear us.
 
Presider:
Holy God,
walk with us,
as we follow Your Son.
Bring us the peace of Your presence.
May we be able to acclaim
that presence with joy -
in the words of the apostle Thomas,
"My Lord and my God": . . ,
We ask this through Jesus,
our Lord & brother.
 
Assembly:
Amen.
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Reflection:

[ A brief reflection which links the liturgy of the Word with the liturgy of the Eucharist. It seeks to clarify the significance of these texts for life beyond the liturgical assembly. Hearing of the Word of God when the scriptures are read & experiencing the Presence of God in the action of the Eucharistic Prayer, reinforces the unity of the "good news" for the practise of discipleship. ]

     The primary visible sign of the resurrection of Jesus in the early church communities was the assembly of those who continued to listen for God's Word of promise in Jesus and who, "ate and drank with him"(Ac.10:41) in a Eucharistic communion.
     Our hearing the Word of God through the witnesses to the resurrection of Jesus is a moment of subversion and ambiguity for us. Like the disciples after their discussion with the strange rabbi on the road to Emmaus, we hold together our old failed, largely unexamined world, along with a new hopeful world of promise, voiced in the announcement of the "apostle to the apostles" - Mary of Magdala.
     The memory of the Easter Triduum, of Jesus' suffering, death and resurrection, subverts our human concepts of managed delivery systems for health and well-being. We can even dare to think of a future world where there will be life for everyone - that is the powerful imagery of God's Word and Action. In the moment of worship we are on the threshold of God's promised new world when God's astonishing newness can be given.
     Surprisingly it is Mary of Magdala who is the "apostle to the apostles". She speaks a hope beyond the painful data of death; that out of the shatterings of collapse, God works newness. The Easter liturgy celebrates God's creation of what does not exist and what we cannot conceive through our own efforts: a genuine communion based on the ancient covenant promises.
     The essence of that communion, is a proper regard for the dignity of each person; regardless of age, gender, class or religion. Because God reigns over death, networks of justice and freedom can function and we can live fully! The Lent of our old world presses us in anguish. The Easter of God's new covenant, seems unlikely - and it always is unlikely - until it is given!!
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Preparation of Gifts:

[ The Hymn is: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

 

prayer over the gifts:

Presider:

[ The Presider invites the people to pray: . . , ]

Let us pray: . . ,
(Kia īnoi tātou: . . , )
[ Pause for silent prayer: . . , ]
Exultant with paschal gladness, O Lord,
we offer the sacrifice
by which your Church
is wondrously reborn and nourished.
Through Christ our Lord:
 
Assembly:
Amen.
 

Preface Prayer:

[ Prayer I of Easter - The Paschal Mystery ]

 
Presider:
It is truly right and just,
our duty and our salvation,
at all times to acclaim you, O Lord,
but on this day above all
to laud you yet more gloriously,
when Christ our Passover has been sacrificed.

For he is the true Lamb
who has taken away
the sins of the world;
by dying he has destroyed our death
and by rising, restored our life.

Therefore, overcome with paschal joy,
every land, every people exults in your praise
and even the heavenly Powers, with the angelic hosts,
sing together the unending hymn of your glory,
as they acclaim: . . ,
( Holy, holy, holy . . , )
 

Eucharistic Prayer:

[ Eucharistic Prayer II ]

 
Presider:
... [H]e took bread and, giving thanks, broke it,
and gave it to his disciples, saying:
TAKE THIS, ALL OF YOU,
AND EAT OF IT:
FOR THIS IS MY BODY
WHICH WILL BE GIVEN UP FOR YOU.
 
Kaikaranga:
Nau mai ra e Hehu to tinana
e huna nei i tenei taro ee.
 
Assembly:
HAERE MAI, HAERE MAI, HAERE MAI.
 
Presider:
In a similar way, when supper was ended,
he took the chalice and,
once more giving thanks,
he gave it to his disciples, saying:
TAKE THIS, ALL OF YOU,
AND DRINK FROM IT:
FOR THIS IS THE CHALICE OF MY BLOOD,
THE BLOOD OF THE NEW
AND ETERNAL COVENANT.
WHICH WILL WILL POURED OUT
FOR YOU AND FOR MANY
FOR THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS.
DO THIS IN MEMORY OF ME.
 
Kaikaranga:
Nau mai ra e Hehu o toto e.
huna nei i tenei waina ee.
 
Assembly:
HAERE MAI, HAERE MAI, NAU MAI.
 
Presider:
The mystery of faith:
 
Assembly:
We proclaim your Death, O Lord,
and profess your Resurrection
until you come again.
 

The LORD's Prayer:

 

 
Presider:
At the Saviour's command
and formed by divine teaching,
we dare to say:
 
Assembly:
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 . . ,
 
Pirihi:
I te whakahau a te
Kaiwhakaora ā, nā te akoranga atua,
ka māia tātou ki te kī atu:
 
Iwi:
E to mātou Matua i te rangi
kia whakatapua tōu ingoa;
kia tae mai tōu rangatiratanga,
kia whakaritea tōu hia hia
i te whenua kia pērā anō i tō te rangi.
Hōmai ki a mātou āianei he taro mā
  mātou mo tēnei rā,
whakakāhoretia ō mātou hara,
me mātou e whakakore nei i ngā hara
  o te hunga e hara ana ki a mātou;
kaua mātou e tukua kia whakawaia,
ēngari whakaorangia mātou i te kino. . . ,
 

Holy Communion:

 

 
Presider:
Body of Christ:
 
People:
Amen.
 
Pirihi:
Ko te Tinana o te Karaiti:
 
Iwi:
Amene.
 
Presider:
Blood of Christ:
 
People:
Amen.
 
Pirihi:
Ko nga Toto o te Karaiti:
 
Iwi:
Amene.
 
 
[ Communion Hymn: . . . . . . . . . . . . . ]
 

the sending:

[ The leader focuses in the final prayer, blessing, gestures and movement, some central strands which relate this celebration of Eucharist to the world from which the people come and to which they now return. ]

 

final prayer:

 

 
Presider:
Let us pray: . . ,
(Kia īnoi tātou: . . , )
[ After a period of silent prayer: . . , ]
Look upon Your Church, O God,
with unfailing love and favour,
so that, renewed by the paschal mysteries,
we may come to the glory of the resurrection.
Through Christ our Lord:
 
Assembly:
Amen.
 
 
[ Any Announcements may now be made by the Presider
or another member of the assembly.
]
 

the blessing:

Presider:

[ SAMPLE ]

We are sent,
In the name of your Son;
who calls us friends
and gives us a command;
that our love for each other be real.

May we finally learn
what He has come to teach
and set aside the barriers
of hate and suspicion we have made,
which love cannot pierce.
Keep us open to all Your surprising ways.
May we never run in fear or hide in disbelief
when You make Yourself known to us.
We ask this in the name of Jesus
whose spirit guides us still
and gives us strength;
until we gather again>
 
Assembly:
Amen.
 
Presider:
May God, the Father of mercies,
who has given us an example of love
in the Passion of his Only Begotten Son,
grant that, by serving God and our neighbour
we may lay hold of the wondrous gift
of his blessing:
 
Assembly:
Amen.
 
Presider:
The Lord be with you.
 
Assembly:
And with your spirit.
 
Pirihi:
Kio noho te Ariki ki a koutou.
 
Iwi:
Ki tōu wairua anō hoki.
 
Presider:
May Almighty God bless us, ✠
the Father, the Son and the holy Spirit.
 
Assembly:
Amen
 
Pirihi:
Kia whakapaingia koutou e te Atua kaha rawa,
e te Matua, e te Tamaiti, ✠ e te Wairua Tapu.
 
Iwi:
Amene
 
Presider/Deacon:
Go and announce the Gospel of the Lord.
 
Assembly:
Thanks be to God.
 
Pirihi:
Haere koutou, pānuitia te Rongo Pai a te Ariki.
 
Iwi:
Whakamoemiti ki te Atua.
 
 
[ Final Hymn: . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
 
 

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