3rd SUNDAY OF EASTER – A

Greeting

Blessed be the Lord Jesus
who comes to meet us in the Scriptures and in the Eucharist.
May his peace, which drives away all fear, be always with you.

Introduction and Litany of Praise

One of the loveliest stories in the Gospel is the one where the Risen Christ joins two of his disciples on the road to Emmaus. He reveals himself to them in the Scriptures and in the ‘breaking of bread’.

The story of Emmaus becomes our story in this Eucharist as we listen to the Word of God and join Jesus at the altar-table.   (Pause)

Lord Jesus,
you are our companion on our journey of faith.

Lord, have mercy.

Lord Jesus,
you speak to us when the Scriptures are read.

Christ, have mercy.

Lord Jesus,
you nourish us with the bread of the Eucharist.

Lord, have mercy.

 

Opening Prayer

 

A
O God of all the prophets,
you fulfilled your promise of old
that your Christ would suffer
and so rise in glory.

Stir up our faith,
that our hearts may burn within us
at the sound of his word,
and our eyes be opened to recognize him
in the breaking of the bread.

Grant this through Jesus Christ,
the first-born from the dead,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever.   AMEN.

 

B
O God of wonders,
you made this day for joy and gladness.
Let the risen Lord abide with us this day,
opening the Scriptures to us
and breaking bread in our midst.

Set our hearts aflame and open our eyes,
that we may see in his sufferings
all that the prophets foretold
and recognize at this table,
the Christ now entered into glory,
who lives with you now and always
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever.   AMEN.

                                              GENERAL  INTERCESSIONS

P       Recalling how the disciples on the road to Emmaus found comfort in God’s Word and recognized Christ in the breaking of bread, we pray for the needs of the Church and the world.

CM      Let our response be:  Stay with us, Lord.

  1.  For our Parish(pause) that it may be a community where Jesus of Nazareth is proclaimed in Word, encountered in the Eucharist, and seen on the face of each person around us. We pray:
  2. For all the sick and dying in our community:  (pause) may they find strength in Christ who had first to suffer before entering into glory. We pray:
  3. For the sad and disillusioned and those who feel that they have lost their way in a meaningless world, that Christ may renew their faith and hope. We pray:
  4. For peace in the world, especially in _____________, and in all countries where terrorism and violence have become a part of daily life. We pray:

[ The Presider may include add a petition that is relevant  / local]

P       Thank you, God, for revealing yourself in your beloved Son, Jesus. Wherever your word is spoken, wherever bread is broken, may your name be hallowed for ever and ever.   AMEN.

 

Prayer over the Gifts

Provident Father,
we bring you simple gifts of bread and wine.

Grant that Jesus may set our hearts afire
when he speaks to us words that make life worth living.

Grant also that he be our food on the road to you,
for we believe that he is our Risen Lord,
who stays with us now and for ever.  AMEN.

 

Intro to the Our Father

In thanksgiving to God for his Son’s presence among us,
let us pray:

Deliver Us

Deliver us, Lord, from every evil
and give us always the peace and joy
of your presence among us.
Keep us free from doubt and discouragement
as we prepare for the final coming among us
of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

 

Prayer for Peace

Lord Jesus Christ,
on the evening of the first day of the week,
you walked with your disheartened disciples
on the road to Emmaus and you said to them:

“Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer
and so enter his glory”?

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

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

 

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’

When Jesus was at table with them,
he took the bread and blessed and broke it,
and gave it to them.

And their eyes were opened
and they recognized him
in the breaking of the bread.   (Luke 24:30-31)

 

Invitation to Communion

 

A
Behold Jesus, our Risen Lord,
the lamb without blemish,
whose precious blood gives us life.
Blessed are we who recognize him
in the ‘breaking of the bread’.

 

B
Christ our paschal lamb has been sacrificed.
Blessed are those who are called to the banquet of the Lamb.

 

Prayer after Communion

Lord of life,
we thank you for Jesus the Nazarene.

Through him you have worked mighty deeds, wonders and signs,
and have exalted him to your right hand.

Send your Spirit upon us
so that, like the disciples on the road to Emmaus,
our hearts may burn within us as we read the Scriptures
and break bread in the name of Christ our Lord.  AMEN.

 

Solemn Blessing

You have heard the Word of God spoken to you this day.   AMEN.

You have received the bread of life broken for you this day.   AMEN.

May you go forth to enliven others with the message of life.  AMEN.

May God bless you,

+   Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.      AMEN.

Dismissal

Go forth and bear witness to Christ
who is gloriously risen from the dead.

Alleluia! Alleluia!

Download printable file here: 3rd Easter – A

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