Easter Sunday, 12th April 2020 – Family Prayer Service (For those unable to view the live streaming mass)

Sunday, 12th April 2020 – Easter Sunday Family Prayer Service

To prepare a table with a white cloth draped over the shoulder of the crucifix, bible and lighted
candles. The entrance antiphon is said together or a suitable hymn.

Entrance Antiphon

The Lord is truly risen, alleluia.
To him be glory and power
for all the ages of eternity, alleluia, alleluia.

All make the Sign of the Cross:

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Leader: Bless the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.

All: Blessed be God for ever.

As we are unable to participate in Eucharistic Celebration
of Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord,
let us reflect on the word and pray together
so as to unite ourselves with faithful throughout the world.

To prepare ourselves for this celebration of the Lord’s Mystery let us humbly
acknowledge our sins.

I confess to almighty God
and to you, my brothers and sisters,
that I have greatly sinned,
In my thoughts and in my words,
in what I have done and in what I have failed to do,
And, striking their breast, they say:
through my fault,
through my fault,
through my most grievous fault;
therefore I ask blessed Mary ever-Virgin,
all the Angels and Saints,
and you, my brothers and sisters,
to pray for me to the Lord our God.

May almighty God have mercy on us,
forgive us our sins,
and bring us to everlasting life.

All: Amen.

V. Lord, have mercy.
R. Lord, have mercy.

V. Christ, have mercy.
R. Christ, have mercy

V. Lord, have mercy.
R. Lord, have mercy.

The Gloria

Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace to people of good will.

We praise you,
we bless you,
we adore you,
we glorify you,
we give you thanks for your great glory,
Lord God, heavenly King,
O God, almighty Father.

Lord Jesus Christ, Only Begotten Son,
Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father,
you take away the sins of the world,
have mercy on us;
you take away the sins of the world,
receive our prayer;
you are seated at the right hand of the Father,
have mercy on us.

For you alone are the Holy One,
you alone are the Lord,
you alone are the Most High,
Jesus Christ,
with the Holy Spirit,
in the glory of God the Father.

O God, who on this day,
through your Only Begotten Son,
have conquered death
and unlocked for us the path to eternity,
grant, we pray, that we who keep
the solemnity of the Lord’s Resurrection
may, through the renewal brought by your Spirit,
rise up in the light of life.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

A: Amen.

The Liturgy of the Word

First reading

Acts 10:34,37-43

Peter addressed Cornelius and his household: ‘You must have heard about the recent happenings in Judaea; about Jesus of Nazareth and how he began in Galilee, after John had been preaching baptism. God had anointed him with the Holy Spirit and with power, and because God was with him, Jesus went about doing good and curing all who had fallen into the power of the devil. Now I, and those with me, can witness to everything he did throughout the countryside of Judaea and in Jerusalem itself: and also to the fact that they killed him by hanging him on a tree, yet three days
afterwards God raised him to life and allowed him to be seen, not by the whole people but only by
certain witnesses God had chosen beforehand. Now we are those witnesses – we have eaten and
drunk with him after his resurrection from the dead – and he has ordered us to proclaim this to his
people and to tell them that God has appointed him to judge everyone, alive or dead. It is to him
that all the prophets bear this witness: that all who believe in Jesus will have their sins forgiven
through his name.’

The word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

Responsorial Psalm

Psalm 117(118):1-2,16-17,22-23

Ant: This day was made by the Lord: we rejoice and are glad.

Give thanks to the Lord for he is good,
for his love has no end.
Let the sons of Israel say:
‘His love has no end.’

This day was made by the Lord: we rejoice and are glad.

The Lord’s right hand has triumphed;
his right hand raised me up.
I shall not die, I shall live
and recount his deeds.

This day was made by the Lord: we rejoice and are glad.

The stone which the builders rejected
has become the corner stone.
This is the work of the Lord,
a marvel in our eyes.

This day was made by the Lord: we rejoice and are glad.

Second reading

Colossians 3:1-4 

Since you have been brought back to true life with Christ, you must look for the things that are in heaven, where Christ is, sitting at God’s right hand. Let your thoughts be on heavenly things, not on the things that are on the earth, because you have died, and now the life you have is hidden with Christ in God. But when Christ is revealed – and he is your life – you too will be revealed in all your glory with him.

The word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


Victimae Paschali Laudes

(All together)
Christians, to the Paschal Victim
offer sacrifice and praise.
The sheep are ransomed by the Lamb;
and Christ, the undefiled,
hath sinners to his Father reconciled.

Death with life contended:
combat strangely ended!
Life’s own Champion, slain,
yet lives to reign.

Tell us, Mary:
say what thou didst see
upon the way.

The tomb the Living did enclose;
I saw Christ’s glory as he rose!

The angels there attesting;
shroud with grave-clothes resting.

Christ, my hope, has risen:
he goes before you into Galilee.

That Christ is truly risen
from the dead we know.
Victorious king, thy mercy show!

Gospel Acclamation

1 Cor 5:7-8

Alleluia, alleluia!

Christ, our passover, has been sacrificed:
let us celebrate the feast then, in the Lord.



John 20:1-9

L: A reading from the holy Gospel according to John

It was very early on the first day of the week and still dark, when Mary of Magdala came to the tomb. She saw that the stone had been moved away from the tomb and came running to Simon
Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved. ‘They have taken the Lord out of the tomb’ she
said ‘and we don’t know where they have put him.’

So Peter set out with the other disciple to go to the tomb. They ran together, but the other disciple, running faster than Peter, reached the tomb first; he bent down and saw the linen cloths lying on the ground, but did not go in. Simon Peter who was following now came up, went right into the tomb, saw the linen cloths on the ground, and also the cloth that had been over his head; this was not with the linen cloths but rolled up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple who had reached the tomb first also went in; he saw and he believed. Till this moment they had failed to understand the teaching of scripture, that he must rise from the dead.

The Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

Sharing or brief silence

The Creed

(for those who did not follow the Easter Vigil Service – you may hold a lighted candle for the renewal of baptismal promises)

I believe in God,
the Father Almighty,
Creator 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, 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.

The Prayer of the Faithful (Bidding Prayers)

God our father, as our Saviour Jesus Christ overcomes the darkness of this night and
passes from death to life, we your faithful people wait at His tomb in joyful anticipation,
and with confidence ask you to hear the prayers we bring before you.

Response: Lord, graciously hear us.

For the Pope, Bishops, Priests and Religious:

That they may be a light to the world, dispelling darkness and living lives that radiate Your
message of love, hope and joy.
Lord, hear us…

For World Leaders and Lawmakers:

That they boldly stand up for those who are persecuted and be the voice for peace and justice.
Lord, hear us…

For the Sick and Marginalised:

That they are made strong again – given comfort and strength, as they submit themselves to
Your Holy will.
Lord, hear us…

**For the Corona Virus Pandemic:

That it will soon come to an end, and all those who are suffering – the sick and elderly who at
this time are housebound, isolated and unable to be with their loved ones, for health workers
throughout the world and those in the front line who offer essential services – that they may be
protected by Your healing blood and comforted with Your love.
Lord, hear us…

For All of Us:

That as we renew our baptismal promises, we are washed clean from every stain of sin and the
flame of faith in our hearts, inspire us to share the joyous news of Your resurrection with those
we meet.
Lord, hear us…

The Leader concludes the Prayer of the Faithful with an invitation to the Lord’s Prayer.

At the Saviour’s command and formed by divine teaching, we dare to say:

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.

Let us offer each other the sign of peace.

We conclude the family service with:

Look upon your Church, O God,
with unfailing love and favour,
so that, renewed by the paschal mysteries,
she may come to the glory of the resurrection.
Through Christ our Lord.

L: May the Lord bless us, make he keep us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life.

All: Amen.

L: Let us praise the Lord.

All: Thanks be to God.

An appropriate hymn may be sung

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