Resources for the Third Sunday of Easter in the Year of the Great Pandemic 2020

These are resources meant mainly for The Anglican Church of St Thomas the Apostle, Kefalas, on the island of Crete in Greece, but others may find them helpful!

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The Road to Emmaus, from the Church of the Redeemer, Toronto.

Read

If a reading from the Hebrew Bible/ Old Testament/Tanach is desired, it would be Zephaniah 3.14-20.

Reflect

A sermon for the Third Sunday of Easter is here.

Pray

Collects
Almighty Father,
who in your great mercy gladdened the disciples with the sight of the risen Lord:
give us such knowledge of his presence with us,
that we may be strengthened and sustained by his risen life
and serve you continually in righteousness and truth;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.

or

Risen Christ,
you filled your disciples with boldness and fresh hope:
strengthen us to proclaim your risen life and fill us with your peace,
to the glory of God the Father. Amen.

Intercessions
H3     Jesus, our exalted Lord, has been given all authority.
Let us seek his intercession that our prayers may be perfected by his prayer.

Jesus Christ, great high priest, living for ever to intercede for us,
pray for the Church, your broken body in the world.

Lord, hear us. Lord, graciously hear us.

Jesus Christ, King of righteousness,
enthroned at the right hand of the majesty on high,
pray for the world, and make it subject to your gentle rule.

  • Στην Ελλάδα προσευχόμαστε Αικατερίνη Σακελλαροπούλου, Πρόεδρος, και Κυριάκος Μητσοτάκης, Πρωθυπουργός (In Greece we pray for Aihaterini Sakellaropoulou, President, and Kyriakos Mitsotakis, the Prime Minister).
  • In the UK we remember our Sovereign Lady Elizabeth II, Governor of the Church of England, and her government led by the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson.
  • In Canada we also pray for Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada, Her Excellency Julie Payette, the Governor General, and Justin Trudeau, the Prime Minister.
  • In the European Union we pray for Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission; Charles Michel, President of the European Council; and Josep Borrell, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs & Security Policy.

Lord, hear us. Lord, graciously hear us.

Jesus Christ, Son of Man,
drawing humanity into the life of God,
pray for your sisters and brothers in need, distress, or sorrow.

  • All those infected by the Coronavirus, and those in intensive care.
  • Health care workers, and all essential workers.
  • Those who are mourning the recently dead, in the midst of the lockdown.
  • Those who have been laid off and have lost income, and whose futures are in peril.
  • Teachers, students, and parents, struggling to learn from home.
  • Families overcome by stress.
  • Refugees, immigrants, migrants, the homeless, and other vulnerable populations.

Lord, hear us. Lord, graciously hear us.

Jesus, pioneer of our salvation,
bringing us to glory through your death and resurrection,
surround with your saints and angels those who have died trusting your promises.

  •  the 200,000 who have died from the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Among the dead, the physicians, nurses, and health care workers.

Lord, hear us. Lord, graciously hear us.

Jesus Christ, Lord over all things,
ascended far above the heavens and filling the universe,
pray for us who receive the gifts you give us for work in your service.

  • for the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit: wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord (Isaiah 11.1-2).
  • for the cardinal virtues of prudence, justice, fortitude, and temperance.
  • for the theological virtues of faith, hope, and love. (1 Corinthians 13.13).
  • spiritual gifts: prophecy, serving, teaching, exhortation, giving, leadership, mercy (Romans 12.6-8).

Lord, hear us. Lord, graciously hear us.

Jesus Christ,
keep the Church in the unity of the Spirit and in the bond of peace,
and bring the whole created order to worship at your feet;
for you are alive and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.

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About Bruce Bryant-Scott

Canadian. Husband. Father. Christian. Recovering Settler. A priest of the Church of England, Diocese in Europe, on the island of Crete in Greece. More about me at https://www.linkedin.com/in/bruce-bryant-scott-4205501a/
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