St. Mary's Church

Easter Day

Easter Day

11 Apr 2020 • General news

Good morning

Below along with the usual readings etc there is also a eucharistic prayer from Holy Rood House which I found this week.  

One or two things

The Simnel cake has (or will be going later on today) to the Single family. This was done completely at random (well pseudo-random for the mathematicians among you) using a random number generator on my computer. Stella Single, who was confirmed last year at the Cathedral, had the 'lucky' number. Somehow I felt there was a rightness about this as she, her husband Geoff and their son William are regularly in church with us and live with two of their other children; a large cake for a larger family!

Several people (5 if not 6) have asked how they might continue to give at St Mary's during this crisis period. Thank you too to those who have sent cheques or posted envelopes through the church door as well as those whose regular Standing Orders continue. The most straightforward method for those with online banking is to make a donation through the BACS system - I can give you our account details on request.  If you do this please make sure your name is in the reference. If you would like to make regular donations through the bank rather than the envelope scheme, let me know and I will send more details to you individually.

Thank you too, for all your messages of thanks for the cards sent out and other material; it is good to know that they are helpful for some of you.

Tomorrow, Easter Day, you might like to know of the following radio and TV services.

On Radio 4 at 8.10am the archbishop of Canterbury will be leading Sunday worship.

On BBC1 at 11am there is the annual Urbi et Urbi address from the Pope in Rome.

On BBC1 at 11.25am there is an Easter Day Service from Bangor Cathedral

Closer to home the Cathedral will be streaming two live services tomorrow, one at 6am - the lighting of the Paschal Candle and one at 9.15am, the Cathedral eucharist.

Details of this from

There are of course other services available on line but these may be of particular interest

I hope this all makes sense.

With mine and Dmitry's best wishes for a very blessed and joyful Easter however you find yourselves.


The Readings for Easter Day

Acts 10. 34-43

34 Then Peter began to speak to them: “I truly understand that God shows no partiality, 35 but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. 36 You know the message he sent to the people of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ—he is Lord of all. 37 That message spread throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John announced: 38 how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power; how he went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. 39 We are witnesses to all that he did both in Judea and in Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a tree; 40 but God raised him on the third day and allowed him to appear, 41 not to all the people but to us who were chosen by God as witnesses, and who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. 42 He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one ordained by God as judge of the living and the dead. 43 All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”

Colossians 3. 1-4

So if you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth, 3 for you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ who is your[a] life is revealed, then you also will be revealed with him in glory.

John 20. 1-18

Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb. 2 So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.” 3 Then Peter and the other disciple set out and went toward the tomb. 4 The two were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. 5 He bent down to look in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he did not go in. 6 Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen wrappings lying there, 7 and the cloth that had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen wrappings but rolled up in a place by itself. 8 Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; 9 for as yet they did not understand the scripture, that he must rise from the dead. 10 Then the disciples returned to their homes.

Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene

11 But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. As she wept, she bent over to look[a] into the tomb; 12 and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying, one at the head and the other at the feet. 13 They said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.” 14 When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus. 15 Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.” 16 Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to him in Hebrew,[b] “Rabbouni!” (which means Teacher). 17 Jesus said to her, “Do not hold on to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” 18 Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”; and she told them that he had said these things to her.

Easter Day Collect

Lord of all life and power, who through the mighty resurrection of your Son overcame the old order of sin and death to make all things new in him:grant that we, being dead to sin and alive to you in Jesus Christ,

may reign with him in glory; to whom with you and the Holy Spirit be praise and honour, glory and might, now and in all eternity. Amen

Easter Day Intercessions

In joy and hope let us pray to the Father.That our risen Saviour may fill us with the joy of his glorious and life-giving resurrection, we pray to the Father.

Hear our prayer.

For all who are affected by coronavirus, through illness or isolation or anxiety, that they may find relief and recovery, we pray to the Father.

Hear our prayer.

For those who are guiding our nation at this time, and shaping national policies, that they may make wise decisions, we pray to the Father.

Hear our prayer.

For doctors, nurses and medical researchers, that through their skill and insights many will be restored to health, we pray to the Father.

Hear our prayer

That isolated and persecuted churches may find fresh strength in the good news of Easter, we pray to the Father.

Hear our prayer.

That God may grant us humility to be subject to one another in Christian love, we pray to the Father.

Hear our prayer.

That he may provide for those who lack food, work or shelter, we pray to the Father.

Hear our prayer.

That by his power war and famine may cease through all the world, we pray to the Father.

Hear our prayer.

That he may reveal the light of his presence to the sick, the weak and the dying, to comfort and strengthen them, we pray to the Father.

Hear our prayer.

That, according to his promises, all who have died in the faith of the resurrection may be raised on the last day, we pray to the Father.

Hear our prayer.

That he may send the fire of the Holy Spirit upon his people, so that we may bear faithful witness to his resurrection, we pray to the Father.

Hear our prayer.

Heavenly Father, you have delivered us from the power of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of your Son: grant that, as his death has recalled us to life, so his continual presence in us may raise us to eternal joy; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Eucharistic Prayer from Holy Rood House

I came across this eucharistic prayer and found it helpful.Sadly in the Church of England we could not use it if we obeyed the rules!The words however seemed to me to speak into our present situation.

Eucharistic Prayer from Holy Rood House

Be still and know that I am God

We are still in your presence.You are still with us

In Christ you accompany us, embodied among us, sharing our birthing, our living , our dying.

Sharing our dreams of hope and liberation, offering us new life, and the shattering of the tomb.

In Christ you appear as the host at the ebbing and flowing of our lives.

You beckon us to share your hospitality, your challenge of love.

In Christ sit as the guest at the table of the stranger

You bless us with your presence, your awakening of love.

In Christ you stand among us as host and guest at the heart of this community

You share with us your vulnerability, your unwrapping of love.

As hosts with Christ we bless this bread

As guests with Christ we pour this wine

As welcomed strangers

United in Christ’s life, death, and embodied liberation

We hear the words of promise

This is my body given for you;

Take and eat to re-member me.

This cup poured out:

This is the new covenant in my blood

Take and drink to re-member me.

In this action of justice-making,

We recall

Broken minds and bodies

And blood shed through lust of power

And nature’s turn of hand

Restore and heal all that is wounded

Be present in the stillness of the waiting

Roll back the stone of prejudice and fear

Release the signs of spring