2nd SUNDAY OF EASTER – A

Greeting

A
The peace of the risen Lord be with you all.

B  
Blessed be God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

“who gave us a living hope
through the resurrection of his Son”

May his grace and peace be with you all.

 Introduction and Litany of Praise

A
In today’s Gospel the disciples are filled with joy when they see the Risen Lord. Three times they hear his greeting, “Peace be with you.”

That Easter greeting is extended to all of us now gathered in faith.

Let us ask the Lord for the gift of his Easter peace,

that our fears may be banished and our sins forgiven.   (pause)

Lord Jesus, 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 the darkness of doubt and unbelief.

Lord, have mercy.

 

B
Like the apostle Thomas, we all doubt from time to time.

We should not hide our doubts, but do what Thomas did – bring those doubts to Jesus; and he, the risen Lord, will say to us also:

Cease doubting and believe.”

Lord Jesus, you call us to believe
that your love for us is unchanging and unfailing.

Lord, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, you invite us to believe
that your forgiveness is all-embracing.

Christ, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, you challenge us to believe
in your promise of eternal life.

Lord, have mercy.

Opening Prayer

A
God of life,
source of all faith,
through the waters of baptism
you have raised us up in Jesus
and given us life that endures.

Day by Day refine our faith,
that we who have not seen the Christ
may truly confess him as our Lord and God,
and share the blessedness of those who believe.

Grant this through Jesus Christ,
the resurrection and the life,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever. AMEN.

B
O God of Easter glory,
increase in us this Easter faith,
that, by believing in Jesus, whom we have never seen,
we may confess him as our Lord and our God.

Let the peace that he shared with the first disciples
reign now over this assembly.

Let the Spirit that was breathed on them
fill our hearts anew.

Grant this through Jesus Christ,
the resurrection and the life,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever. AMEN.

                                         GENERAL INTERCESSIONS

P       As members of a believing and caring community, let us now bring our needs before God whose love has no end.

CM      Let our response be: Our Lord and our God, hear our prayer.

  1. That the entire Church will be filled with the spirit of the Risen Lord and be a witness of new life to the whole world. We pray in faith:
  2. For those who, like Thomas, live in doubt and fear: (pause) may the peace of the Risen Lord strengthen them to face life’s challenges and difficulties: We pray in faith:
  3. For peace in the world, especially in _________, ______, the Middle East and those countries where violence and war have become a part of daily life. We pray in faith:
  4. For government leaders: (pause) that they may trust in God and llisten to God’s people, so that they can combat the evils that beset our nation and our world. We pray in faith:
  5. For the sick of our community:   (pause) that their faith in the Risen Lord may give them courage and comfort in their suffering. We pray in faith:

 P       God of Love and Mercy, you give strength to the weary and new courage to those who have lost heart. Hear the prayers of all who call on you in need, so that they may be refreshed, knowing that you are with them through it all. We make our prayer through Christ our Lord. AMEN.

Prayer over the Gifts

Father,
in this Eucharistic celebration
we profess our faith in the presence of Your Son in our midst.

Our eyes are unable to see,
our hands are unable to touch
and yet our hearts will recognize him
in the sharing of the bread and the wine.
For Jesus is our Lord and our God for ever and ever. AMEN.

Invitation to the Acclamation –   (after the “Consecration”)

P       We cannot see the Lord with our eyes

nor can we touch him with our hands.

But we know that he is alive

and we proclaim with the Apostle Thomas:

All        My Lord and my God.

 

Intro to the Our Father

Jesus said, ‘Doubt no longer but believe.’
We believe that his Father is our Father, so we can pray:

Deliver Us

Deliver us, Lord, from every evil,
and grant to us in our day
the peace which your risen Son brought to his disciples
in their hour of need.

In your mercy help us overcome our doubts
as we prepare for the coming
of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

 

Prayer for Peace

A
Lord Jesus Christ,
in the evening of Easter you said to your apostles:

‘I leave you peace, my peace I give you.’

Look not on our doubts and disbelief
but on the faith of your Church,
which proclaims that you are truly risen.

Stay with us always
and lead your people to perfect unity,
now and forever. AMEN

May the peace which Christ brought to his apostles
be with you.

B
Lord Jesus Christ,
on the first Easter evening
you appeared to your disheartened disciples
and said to them:

‘Peace be with you.’

Then you showed them your wounded hands and side,
and they were filled with joy.

Grant that we who have heard the message of Easter,
may enjoy the peace and unity of your kingdom
where you live for ever and ever.   AMEN

May the peace which Christ brought to his disciples
be with you.

Sign of Peace

Jesus’ first words to his disciples after his Resurrection were,

‘Peace be with you.’

Let us now offer the Master’s greeting to one another.

Optional prayer to accompany the ‘Breaking of Bread’

And the company of those who believed

devoted themselves

to fellowship,

and prayer,

and to the breaking of bread.

 

Day by day,

they broke bread at home

and ate their food with glad and generous hearts.

                                                  [Shortened Version of Acts 2:44-46)

Invitation to Communion

Here is Jesus, our Risen Lord;
It is he whom we love without seeing.
Blessed are we who can recognize in this bread
the body of the Risen Christ.

Prayer after Communion

A
God our Father,
we thank you for Jesus, your Risen Son.
He who loves us is alive.

Give us eyes of faith to see
that all we are and do
has a meaning and a purpose,
and that your Son is present with us
in our moments of darkness.

We pray that he may stay with us,
for he is our Lord and our God for ever and ever. AMEN

B
God of Peace,
we thank you for Jesus,
whom you raised from the dead.

Send your Spirit upon us
so that, like the early Christians,
we will be able to build a community
which will look after the needs of the weak and the poor.

Grant that we ‘may have life in the name of the Son of God,
Jesus the Christ’ who is Lord for ever and ever. AMEN.

Solemn Blessing

Through the resurrection of his Son,
God has saved you and made you his children.
May he bless you with joy.    AMEN.

The Redeemer has given you lasting freedom.
May you inherit his everlasting life.      AMEN.

By faith you rose with him in baptism.
May your lives be holy,
so that you will be united with him forever.   AMEN.

May the God of Life bless you,

+   Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.     AMEN.

Dismissal

A
The Mass is ended.
Go forth from this Church with confidence and joy,
in the love and service of the risen Lord. Alleluia! Alleluia!

B
Go and bear witness to the Risen Lord by your loving and joyful life.
Alleluia! Alleluia!

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