focus of the day:

Feed My sheep   
"Be open to the      
demands of love."  

Life in the Spirit of Jesus:
OBEY GOD; NOT HUMAN AUTHORITY!

     Meeting the Risen Christ in the Scriptures and in the Eucharist, authorises us to act in ways counter to the world's ways. A community which hears the "good news" about the Risen Jesus, is invited to a way of life that offers hospitality over against a world that is bent on vengeance.
     Freedom for this new community is accepting the invitation of the scriptures to walk in the Spirit of Jesus and produce fruit. We respond with patience and openness. We are like the Earth responding to autumn's purifying cold and fertile rains. The Word of God is a seed sown in the ground of our being which matures in God's own time!
 

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.
Opening Hymn: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
]

 
Presider:
In the name of the Father,
and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit:
 
Assembly:
Amen
Pirihi:
Ki te ingoa o te Matua,
o te Tamaiti, o te Wairua Tapu:
 
Iwi:
Amene

Presider:
The Lord be with you.
 
Assembly:
And with your spirit.
Pirihi:
Kia noho te Ariki ki a koutou.
Iwi:
Ki tōu wairua anō hoki.
 

[ SAMPLE ]   Penitential Act

 
Presider:
Friends in Christ,
today's gospel records an appearance
of the Risen Jesus to His disciples
who had resumed their usual employment
and eats with them!
The Risen Jesus,
who searches out straying disciples,
is the same Jesus who sat down
and ate with the poor and the outcast.
His disciples recognise Him
in the "breaking of bread
and sharing fish":

The Risen One
fulfills everything
written about Him -
in the Torah of Moses,
in the Prophets
and in the Psalms;
Help our minds to be open
to understanding the scriptures: - ( pause ) -
LORD, have mercy:
E te Ariki, tohungia rā mātou:
 
Assembly:
LORD, have mercy.
E te Ariki, tohungia rā mātou.
 
Presider:
The Risen One
is a living presence;
yet we treat Jesus
like a dead hero!
Help us to recognise You
in our everyday lives: - ( pause ) -
CHRIST, have mercy:
E te Karaiti, tohungia rā mātou:
 
Assembly:
CHRIST, have mercy.
E te Karaiti, tohungia rā mātou.
 
Presider:
The Risen One
has sent upon us
what God had promised -
the power to tranform bodies
and return them to new life.
May we not merely settle for debates
about matters of our faith,
but practise an active love, hope and faith: - ( pause ) -
LORD, have mercy:
E te Ariki, tohungia rā mātou:
 
Assembly:
LORD, have mercy:
E te Ariki, tohungia rā mātou.
 
Presider:
May the all-powerful love of God
present in the Risen Jesus'
life, death and resurrection,
turn us from going our own way.
Knowing, loving and obeying
the Risen One; may we be able to say,
"for us to live is Christ!"
 
Assembly:
Amen.
 

GLORIA:

( Sung )

 

opening prayer:

Presider:

[ The Presider invites the people to pray. ]

Let us pray: . . ,
Kia īnoi tātou: . . ,
[ Pause for silent prayer . . ; ]
Father of life,
Author of all truth;
a people once in darkness
has listened to Your Word
and followed Your Son
as He rose from the tomb.
Hear the prayer of this new-born people
and strengthen Your Church
to answer Your call.
May we rise and come
into the light of day
to stand in Your presence always.
We make this prayer in Jesus' name:
 
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:

[ an introduction ]

In the Book of Acts, the apostles are called to account before the Hebrew Supreme Court (the Sanhedrin) about the healing of a lame man.
 
Reader 1:
Acts 5 : 27 - 32, 40 - 41
 
the response:
Psalm 30(29) : 1
 
Assembly:
I will praise You, O God,
for You have rescued me!
 

the second reading:

Commentator:

[ an introduction ]

The Seer in the Book of Revelation visions a faith-filled, obedient community, singing praise all the way to Holy God's throne.
 
Reader 2:
Revelation 5 : 11 - 14
 

alleluia verse:

Assembly:

 

Alleluia; Alleluia!
Lord Jesus, explain the scriptures to us.
Make our hearts burn within us
as You talk to us. Alleluia!
 

the Gospel:

Commentator:

[ an introduction ]

The Risen Jesus reveals Himself to the disciples on the shore of the Sea of Tiberias in Galilee. They make a surpising catch of fish and after this meeting with the Risen Jesus, they cease fishing and devote themselves to spreading the "good news."
 
Presider/Deacon:
John 21 : 1 - 19
 

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 Easter text proclaim that the life, identity and the calling of the community is founded on a quite concrete miracle that can only be attested sacramentally. For those desiring a deeper commitment, the world is not what it appears to be. Powers that seem to be in charge, ideologies that seem compelling, requirements that seem non-negotiable - all are subverted and destabilised by a profound transformation that is at the same time inclusive and enduring. The Eucharistic action like the proclamation in the texts of the Liturgy of the Word is not an end in itself. The end of the sacramental reality is the generation of a transformed world!
     The community that gathers during the Easter season gathers with the purpose of continuing the practice of the Risen Jesus. In the presence of the Risen Christ, we hear the liturgy invite us to walk in the power of His Spirit and to produce fruit (cf Ga.5:22-24). Practise of the virtue of hospitality counters our world bent on vengeance! We hear texts that invite us to go out from our gatherings - to spread the transforming presence that we ourselves have tasted in Word and Eucharist!! Our acting upon the practice of Jesus - that is - welcoming outsiders - ends the danger of the rites of Holy Week becoming meaningless and empty gestures. Beyond the traditional ceremonies and prayers by which we commemorate the death of Jesus, the liturgical texts invite us to test what we can do for oneanother!
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The Creed:

 

Assembly:
I believe in God,
the Father almighty,
Creator of heaven and earth,
and in Jesus Christ,
his only son, our Lord,
[ At the words that follow, up to
and including: 'the virgin Mary', all bow.
]

who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died and was buried;
he descended into hell;
on the third day he rose again from the dead;
he ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of God
the Father almighty;
from there he will come 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 life everlasting. Amen.>
 

intercessions:

[ The intercessions have the following outline:

  • A brief opening invitation to pray by the Presider;
  • Two or three intentions offered by the Presider. 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 Presider could well introduce such intentions here;
  • A concluding prayer by the Presider. ]
 

[ SAMPLE PRAYERS ]

 
Presider:
Friends in Christ,
we remember Jesus' words,
"Stay awake praying at all times."
Let us pray for our needs
and the needs of our world: . . ,
Let us pray for our needs
and the needs of our world:
 
1:
For the Christian church.
May the example of faithful leadership
that Jesus showed through His dying and rising
help our leaders to show care and compassion
in all they do and say: - ( pause ) -
LORD, hear us:
 
Assembly:
LORD, hear our prayer.
 
2:
For those in ministry in the church. May the example of faithful companionship
that Jesus showed
through His death and risen life
be their invitation to a greater love for the Truth
just as it was for Peter:- ( pause ) -
LORD, hear us:
 
Assembly:
LORD, hear our prayer.
 
3:
For those who go hungry.
May the example of faithful companionship
that Jesus showed
through His death and risen life
turn our hearts towards
generosity and hospitality
and help us to show it in practice:- ( pause ) -
LORD, hear us:
 
Assembly:
LORD, hear our prayer.
 
4:
For the vulnerable and the powerless: - ( pause ) -
May the example of faithful companionship
that Jesus showed
through His death and risen life
turn our hearts towards serving others:- ( pause ) -
LORD, hear us:
 
Assembly:
LORD, hear our prayer.
 
5:
........................: - ( pause ) -
LORD, hear us:
 
Assembly:
LORD, hear our prayer.
 
6:
........................: - ( pause ) -
LORD, hear us:
 
Assembly:
LORD, hear our prayer.
 
7:
For our sick: including N. & N..
May they have the comfort of Christ's presence
to relieve their distress, remove their fears,
give them peace, and restore their health: - ( pause ) -
LORD, hear us:
 
Assembly:
LORD, hear our prayer.
 
8:
For our beloved dead: including N. & N..
May they be welcomed into the community of saints,
and share in the joy of heaven:- ( pause ) -
LORD, hear us:
 
Assembly:
LORD, hear our prayer.
 
Presider:
Let us pray, for our personal intentions: - ( pause ) -
LORD, hear us:
 
Assembly:
LORD, hear our prayer.
 
Presider:
Holy God,
Ever faithful One,
Your paths are love and truth.
Help us to understand our inner lives
and keep us vigilant in loving,
on the pathway which leads to You.
We make these prayers in the name
of the Risen Jesus:
 
Assembly:
Amen.
 
 
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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: . . , ]
Receive, O LORD, we pray,
these offerings of Your exultant Church,
and, as You have given her cause
for such great gladness,
grant also that the gifts we bring
may bear fruit in perpetual happiness,
through Christ our Lord:
 
Assembly:
Amen.
 

Preface Prayer:

[ Preface II of Easter - New life in Christ ]

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

Through Him the children of light
rise to eternal life
and the halls of the heavenly Kingdom
are thrown open to the faithful;
for His Death is our ransom from death,
and in His rising,
the life of all has risen.

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.
 
Iwi:
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 be 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.
 
Iwi:
Haere mai; haere mai; haere 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:
 
Kaitango:
Amene.
 
Presider:
Blood of Christ:
 
People:
Amen.
 
Pirihi:
Ko nga Toto o te Karaiti:
 
Kaitango:
Amene.
 
 
[ Communion Hymn: . . . . . . . . . . . . . ]
 

the sending:

[ The Presider focuses in the final prayer, bessing, 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. ]

 
Presider:
Let us pray: . . ,
Kia īnoi tātou: . . ,
[ After a period of silent prayer: . . , ]
God of hospitality,
look on Your people with kindness
and by these Easter mysteries
bring us to the glory of the resurrection.
We ask this in His name:
 
Assembly:
Amen.
 
 
[ Any Announcements may now be made by the Presider
or another member of the assembly.
]
 

the blessing:

Presider:

[ SAMPLE ]

We are sent,
by Jesus' reconciling Spirit
to prepare for His coming in glory.
May His coming find us
ever-watchful in prayer,
strong in hospitality and faithful
to the breaking of the bread
until we gather again:
 
Assembly:
Amen.
 
Presider:
The Lord be with you.
 
Assembly:
And with your spirit.
 
Pirihi:
Kia 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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