Third Sunday of Easter – Liturgy Preparation
During the Easter season, the Church continues to celebrate Jesus’ resurrection from the dead. Today, we join together to worship God, who has brought about this great victory over sin and death.
Penitential Rite: In joy and gratitude, we praise God who saves us (pause)
You raise the dead to life in the Spirit: Lord, have mercy.
You bring pardon and peace to the sinner: Christ, have mercy.
You bring light to those in darkness: Lord, have mercy.
Introduction to the Scripture Readings
Acts 3:13-15, 17-19 Many of St Peter’s words are found in the first two readings. The first contains his speech on Pentecost day, and the second is part of one of his letters.
1 Peter 1:17-21 Peter reminds us that Christ paid the price of our salvation.
Luke 24:13-35 The Gospel describes the appearance of Jesus to the two disciples on the road to Emmaus.
The General Intercessions
Introduction (by the Presider) Because the Lord is our refuge and strength, let us bring forward our prayers.
Intercessions (announced by the deacon, cantor or another person)
- For all Christians, that they may accept the scriptures and live by God’s word. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
- For those who haven’t yet heard the Good News, that the lives of believers may bring light and hope to all in darkness. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
- For people who travel, like the two on the road to Emmaus, that they may recognise Christ walking with them. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
- For those who suffer in mind and body, at home and abroad, that they may experience peace within. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
- For all who have gone before us in faith (especially N & N), that may know happiness forever at God’s right hand. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
Conclusion (by the Presider) Lord our God, you show us the path of life: support us by your presence and help us every step of the way, through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Other Liturgical Suggestions
Penitential Rite c-v). Or the Rite may be replaced with the Blessing and Sprinkling of Holy Water. (See Roman Missal page 387 – use formula c, for the Easter Season. The Gloria follows the sprinkling.) Preface of Easter 5. Eucharistic Prayer 2. Solemn Blessing 7 (Easter Season).
Songs ‘Bring, all you dear-bought nations’; ‘Christ Be Our Light’; ‘He is Lord’.