Readings and Prayers for the Second Sunday of Easter

11th April ~ 2nd Sunday of Easter

The Collect:  Almighty Father, you have given your only Son to die for our sins and to rise again for our justification: grant us so to put away the leaven of malice that we may always serve you in pureness of living and truth; through the merits of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. All: Amen.

The Epistle is written in the 32nd verse of the 4th chapter of the Acts of the Holy Apostles.

The whole group of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one claimed private ownership of any possessions, but everything they owned was held in common. With great power the apostles gave their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. There was not a needy person among them, for as many as owned lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold. They laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need. There was a Levite, a native of Cyprus, Joseph, to whom the apostles gave the name Barnabas (which means “son of encouragement”). He sold a field that belonged to him, then brought the money, and laid it at the apostles’ feet.

This is the Word of the Lord: All: Thanks be to God

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to St. John:  Glory to You, O Lord

On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors 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 side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord. Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” And with that He breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone their sins, they are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.” Now Thomas (called Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in His hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe it.” A week later His disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” Then He said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.” Thomas said to Him, “My Lord and my God!” Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” Jesus did many other miraculous signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in His name.

This is the Gospel of the Lord:  All: Praise to You, O Christ

Prayers

Merciful God, we pray for peace in our troubled world. Wherever nations are at war and people are suffering we pray for true reconciliation. Protect all Christian people in the nations of the world, and help them to influence their country for the good of all.      Lord, in your Mercy: Hear our Prayer

Father God, we pray for all families whose homes are disrupted by anger and bitterness and where relationships are breaking up.  We thank you for the gift of your Son, our saviour, who walks with us on our life’s journey. As he gladdened the hearts of his friends when they saw him raised from the dead, may he travel alongside all who are struggling with their family life.       Lord, in your Mercy: Hear our Prayer

Loving God comfort the sick and suffering with your living presence. Heal and strengthen weak bodies, calm confused minds and reassure the lonely with your company.  We raise before you those we know with particular needs we have been asked to pray for.                                                                 Lord, in your Mercy: Hear our Prayer

Merciful God, we remember before you those who have died in the hope of the resurrection. Unite us with them in your undying love.  Help us to always remember that death could not hold your Son Jesus Christ and that new life for him means new life for all who believe in Him.                                                    Lord, in your Mercy: Hear our Prayer    

Gracious God, your Son Jesus Christ, stands among us, and we have seen the marks of your saving love. Breathe on us with the power of your Holy Spirit and send us out to share the peace of Christ with all who may cross our paths in the weeks ahead.                                                                              Merciful father: accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ.  Amen.