Morning Prayer Easter 3 18th April 2021

Topic: Morning Prayer Easter 3

Time: Apr 18, 2021 11:00 AM

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Killiskey Parish

Sunday 18th April 2021 @ 11.00am





Opening Hymn: CH250 “All hail the power of Jesu’s name”(vs 1, 3, 5 and 6)

All hail the power of Jesus’ name!

let angels prostrate fall.

bring forth the royal diadem,

to crown him Lord of all.


Ye seed of Israel’s chosen race

ye ransomed of the fall,

hail him who saves you by his grace,

and crown him Lord of all.


Let every kindred, every tribe,

on this terrestrial ball,

to him all majesty ascribe,

and crown him Lord of all.


O that with yonder sacred throng

we at his feet may fall;

we’ll join the everlasting song

and crown him Lord of all.


Edward Perronet (1726-92)

and John Rippon (1751-1836)

based on Revelation 4: 9-11



Christ is risen from the dead, and become the first-fruits of them that slept.
1 Corinthians 15: 20


Let us humbly confess our sins unto almighty God.


Almighty and most merciful Father; We have erred and strayed from thy ways like lost sheep. We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts. We have offended against thy holy laws. We have left undone those things which we ought to have done; And we have done those things which we ought not to have done; And there is no health in us. But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us, miserable offenders. Spare thou them, O God, which confess their faults. Restore thou them that are penitent; According to thy promises declared unto mankind in Christ Jesus our Lord. And grant, O most merciful Father, for his sake; That we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober life, To the glory of thy holy Name. Amen.


Almighty God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who desireth not the death of a sinner, but rather that he may turn from his wickedness, and live; and hath given power, and commandment, to his Ministers, to declare and pronounce to his people, being penitent, the Absolution and Remission of their sins: He pardoneth and absolveth all them that truly repent, and unfeignedly believe his holy Gospel. Wherefore let us beseech him to grant us true repentance, and his Holy Spirit, that those things may please him which we do at this present; and that the rest of our life hereafter may be pure and holy; so that at the last we may come to his eternal joy; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


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. For thine is the kingdom, The power, And the glory, For ever and ever. Amen.

O Lord, open thou our lips

and our mouth shall show forth thy praise.

God, make speed to save us.

O Lord, make haste to help us.


Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Praise ye the Lord.

The Lord’s name be praised.




1 Corinthians 5: 7,8    Romans 6: 9-11      1 Corinthians 15: 20-22

1    Christ our passover is sacrificed for us,
therefore let us keep the feast,

2    Not with the old leaven
nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness:
but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

3    Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more;
death hath no more dominion over him.

4    For in that he died, he died unto sin once;
but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.

5    Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin;
but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.

6    Christ is risen from the dead:
and become the first-fruits of them that slept.

7    For since by man came death,
by man came also the resurrection of the dead.

8    For as in Adam all die,
even so in Christ shall all be made alive.



from the Old Testament

Acts 3: 12-19

When Peter saw it, he addressed the people, ‘You Israelites, why do you wonder at this, or why do you stare at us, as though by our own power or piety we had made him walk? The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, the God of our ancestors has glorified his servant Jesus, whom you handed over and rejected in the presence of Pilate, though he had decided to release him. But you rejected the Holy and Righteous One and asked to have a murderer given to you, and you killed the Author of life, whom God raised from the dead. To this we are witnesses. And by faith in his name, his name itself has made this man strong, whom you see and know; and the faith that is through Jesus has given him this perfect health in the presence of all of you.

‘And now, friends, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did also your rulers. In this way God fulfilled what he had foretold through all the prophets, that his Messiah would suffer. Repent therefore, and turn to God so that your sins may be wiped out.

After the reading silence may be kept.


Psalm 4

1          Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness : thou hast set me at liberty when I was in trouble; have mercy upon me, and hearken unto my prayer.

2          O ye sons of men, how long will ye blaspheme mine honour : and have such pleasure in vanity, and seek after lying?

3          Know this also, that the Lord hath chosen to himself the man that is godly  : when I call upon the Lord, he will hear me.

4          Stand in awe, and sin not : commune with your own heart, and in your chamber, and be still.

5          Offer the sacrifice of righteousness : and put your trust in the Lord.

6          There be many that say : Who will shew us any good?

7          Lord, lift thou up : the light of thy countenance upon us.

8          Thou hast put gladness in my heart : more than men have, when corn and wine increase.

9          I will lay me down in peace, and take my rest : for it is thou, Lord, only, that makest me dwell in safety.


Glory be to the Father,
and to the Son,: and to the Holy Spirit;

As it was in the beginning,
is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.



from the New Testament

1 John 3: 1-7

See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are. The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God’s children now; what we will be has not yet been revealed. What we do know is this: when he is revealed, we will be like him, for we will see him as he is. And all who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.


Everyone who commits sin is guilty of lawlessness; sin is lawlessness. You know that he was revealed to take away sins, and in him there is no sin. No one who abides in him sins; no one who sins has either seen him or known him. Little children, let no one deceive you. Everyone who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous.


Hymn before the Gospel: CH263 “Crown him with many crowns” (vs. 1, 3, 4 and 6)

Crown him with many crowns,

the Lamb upon his throne,

hark! how the heavenly anthem drowns

all music but its own:

awake, my soul, and sing

of him who died for thee,

and hail him as thy matchless King

through all eternity.


Crown him the Lord of love;

behold his hands and side,

those wounds, yet visible above,

in beauty glorified;

no angels in the sky

can fully bear that sight,

but downward bends his wondering eye

at mysteries so bright.


Crown him the Lord of life,

who triumphed o’er the grave,

and rose victorious in the strife,

for those he came to save:

his glories now we sing

who died and rose on high,

who died eternal life to bring,

and lives that death may die.


Crown him the Lord of years,

the Potentate of time,

creator of the rolling spheres,

ineffably sublime:

all hail, Redeemer, hail!

for thou hast died for me;

thy praise shall never, never fail

throughout eternity.


Matthew Bridges (1800-94)

and Godfrey Thring (1823-1903) altd.

based on Revelation 19: 12


from the Gospels

Luke 24: 36b-48

While they were talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, ‘Peace be with you.’ They were startled and terrified, and thought that they were seeing a ghost. He said to them, ‘Why are you frightened, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? Look at my hands and my feet; see that it is I myself. Touch me and see; for a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.’ And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. While in their joy they were disbelieving and still wondering, he said to them, ‘Have you anything here to eat?’ They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate in their presence.


Then he said to them, ‘These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you—that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled.’ Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and he said to them, ‘Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things.

After the reading silence may be kept.




The Song of Zechariah    Luke 1: 68-79

1    Blessed be the Lord God of Israel,
for he hath visited and redeemed his people,

2    And hath raised up a mighty salvation for us
in the house of his servant David;

3    As he spake by the mouth of his holy Prophets
which have been since the world began;

4    That we should be saved from our enemies,
and from the hands of all that hate us,

5    To perform the mercy promised to our forefathers,
and to remember his holy covenant;

6    To perform the oath which he sware to our forefather Abraham:
that he would give us,

7    That we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies
might serve him without fear,

8    In holiness and righteousness before him
all the days of our life.

9    And thou, child, shalt be called the Prophet of the Highest,:
for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways;

10  To give knowledge of salvation unto his people,
for the remission of their sins,

11  Through the tender mercy of our God
whereby the day-spring from on high hath visited us,

12  To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death,
and to guide our feet into the way of peace.

Glory be to the Father,
and to the Son,: and to the Holy Spirit;

      As it was in the beginning,
is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.



is said

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
maker of heaven and earth;
And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord;
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, dead, and buried.
He descended into hell.
The third day he rose again from the dead.
He ascended into heaven,
and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father almighty.
From thence he shall come to judge the quick 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.



Let us pray.

Lord, have mercy upon us
Christ, have mercy upon us.
Lord, have mercy upon us.

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. Amen.

O Lord, show thy mercy upon us
and grant us thy salvation.

O Lord, guide and defend our rulers
and mercifully hear us when we call upon thee.

Endue thy ministers with righteousness
and make thy chosen people joyful.

O Lord, save thy people
and bless thine inheritance.

Give peace in our time, O Lord,
because there is none other that fighteth for us, but only thou, O God.

O God, make clean our hearts within us
and take not thy Holy Spirit from us.



Almighty God,

who hast given thine only Son

to be unto us both a sacrifice for sin,

and also an ensample of godly life;

Give us grace that we may always

most thankfully receive that his inestimable benefit,

and also daily endeavour ourselves

to follow the blessed steps of his most holy life;

through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.



O God, who art the author of peace and lover of concord, in knowledge of whom standeth our eternal life, whose service is perfect freedom; Defend us thy humble servants in all assaults of our enemies; that we, surely trusting in thy defence, may not fear the power of any adversaries; through the might of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


O Lord, our heavenly Father, almighty and everlasting God, who hast safely brought us to the beginning of this day: Defend us in the same with thy mighty power; and grant that this day we fall into no sin, neither run into any kind of danger; but that all our doings may be ordered by thy governance, to do always that is righteous in thy sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.




Risen Lord,

you reveal to us the radiance of the Father;

you bring us the peace that passes all understanding.

We rejoice in your presence and in the glory of your resurrection.

Strengthen our faith, O Lord Jesus,

that we may know you live in eternity

with the Father and the Holy Spirit,

one God, world without end. Amen.



we give you thanks for the gift of eternal life.

May we know in our lives that the crucified one is alive and comes to us:

Turn our doubts and disbelief into awe and wonder,

Until we rejoice in the glory and presence of the risen Lord.

We pray for churches struggling at this time,

for those who have lost vision and grown cold in their love;

For Christians who have lost faith or entered into deep doubt,.

We pray that the Church may witness to your resurrection.


O God our defender,

answer us when we call.


We pray for all who seek to relieve hunger and suffering:

for those who seek to help people rise out of their troubles.

We remember the United Nations and the World Health Organization.

We pray for peace-keeping forces and all who work for the well-being of others.

We remember especially any whose lives are in danger.

O God our defender,

answer us when we call.


We give you thanks for those who have shared their food and faith with us,

for all who have sustained our bodies and our minds,

for those who have cared for the needs of our spirits.

We pray for those who have been deprived of love.

We pray for our homes and our neighbourhood.

O God our defender,

answer us when we call.


We pray for all who hunger for food, for shelter,

For love, for spiritual refreshment;

For the many who feel rejected or lonely:

For the ill who have no one to care for them,

For all finding it hard to cope on their own.

We bring to you friends and loved ones who are ill.

O God our defender,

answer us when we call.


We long for the day when we shall see Christ as he is in his glory.

We pray that, in your power, we may triumph over darkness and death

and share with the faithful in the light of your kingdom.

O God our defender,

answer us when we call.




A Prayer for the President and all in authority

Almighty God, who rulest over the kingdoms of the world; We commend to thy merciful care the people of this land, that being guarded by thy providence, they may dwell secure in thy peace. Grant to the President of this State and to all in authority, wisdom and strength to know and to do thy will. Fill them with the love of truth and righteousness, that they may serve thy people faithfully to thy honour and glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


A Prayer for the Houses of the Oireachtas

Almighty God, source of all authority and wisdom: guide by your Spirit those who represent us in Dáil and Seanad. As representatives of the people keep them humble, as legislators make them compassionate, and as politicians defend their integrity. So may the proceedings of the Oireachtas serve the truth and promote the common good. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ, the servant Lord. Amen.


A Prayer for the Clergy and People

Almighty and everlasting God, who alone workest great marvels: Send down upon our Bishops and Clergy, and all People committed to their charge, the healthful Spirit of thy grace; and that they may truly please thee, pour upon them the continual dew of thy blessing. Grant this, O Lord, for the honour of our Advocate and Mediator, Jesus Christ. Amen.

O God, the Creator and Preserver of all mankind, we humbly beseech thee for all sorts and conditions of men; that thou wouldest be pleased to make thy ways known unto them, thy saving health unto all nations. More especially, we pray for the good estate of the Catholic Church; that it may be so guided and governed by thy good Spirit, that all who profess and call themselves Christians may be led into the way of truth, and hold the faith in unity of spirit, in the bond of peace, and in righteousness of life. Finally, we commend to thy fatherly goodness all those who are any ways afflicted or distressed, in mind, body, or estate; [* especially those for whom our prayers are desired]; that it may please thee to comfort and relieve them according to their several necessities, giving them patience under their sufferings, and a happy issue out of all their afflictions. And this we beg for Jesus Christ his sake. Amen.

Closing Hymn: CH485 “Rise up and serve the Lord!”

Rise up and serve the Lord!

Have done with lesser things;

give heart and soul and mind and strength

to serve the King of kings.


Rise up and serve the Lord!

His kingdom tarries long;

proclaim the day of truth and love

and end the night of wrong.


Lift high the cross of Christ!

Tread where his feet have trod;

and, quickened by the Spirit’s power,

rise up and serve your God!


William P Merrill (1867-1954) altd.


A General Thanksgiving

Almighty God, Father of all mercies, We thine unworthy servants Do give thee most humble and hearty thanks For all thy goodness and loving-kindness to us, and to all men. We bless thee for our creation, preservation and all the blessings of this life: But above all, for thine inestimable love In the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ; For the means of grace, and for the hope of glory.

And, we beseech thee, give us that due sense of all thy mercies, That our hearts may be unfeignedly thankful, And that we show forth thy praise, Not only with our lips but in our lives; By giving up ourselves to thy service, And by walking before thee in holiness and righteousness all our days; Through Jesus Christ our Lord, To whom with thee and the Holy Spirit Be all honour and glory, World without end. Amen.


A Prayer of Saint Chrysostom

Almighty God, who hast given us grace at this time with one accord to make our common supplications unto thee; and dost promise that when two or three are gathered together in thy Name thou wilt grant their requests: Fulfil now, O Lord, the desires and petitions of thy servants as may be most expedient for them; granting us in this world knowledge of thy truth, and in the world to come life everlasting. Amen.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all evermore. Amen.                                                                        2 Corinthians 13: 13