blessed is this day, when earth and heaven are joined and humankind is reconciled
May the light of Jesus shine continually to drive away all darkness.
May Christ, the Morning Star who knows no setting, find his light ever burning
in our heartshe who gives his light to all creation, and who lives and reigns
for ever and ever. Amen.
-- adapted from the Book of Common Prayer -1979,
the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America.
for Easter Morning
0 Lord Jesus Christ, who upon this day did conquer
death and rise from the dead, and who are alive for ever more, help us never
to forget your Risen Presence forever with us.
Help us to remember,
you are with us in every time of perplexity to guide and to direct; That you
are with us in every time of sorrow to comfort and console; That you are with
us in every time of temptation to strengthen and to inspire; That you are
with us in every time of loneliness to cheer and befriend; That you are with
us even in death to bring us to the glory of your side.
Make us to be certain
that there is nothing in time or in eternity which can separate us from you,so
that in your presence we may meet life with gallantry and death without fear.
You turn our darkness into light, in your light we shall see light.
in your mercy, hear our prayer. Christ the Lord is risen today! ALLELUIA
Adapted from ThisIsChurch.com
A Litany For Easter
are you, Lord Jesus who came to us a little child one of us, flesh and blood
to share in our humanity For God so loved the world ALL: That all might
have eternal life
Blest are you, Lord Jesus who came to us as carpenter and
yet in whose creative hands a world was fashioned For God so loved the world ALL:
That all might have eternal life
Blest are you, Lord Jesus who came to us
as fisherman and yet pointed to a harvest that was yet to come For God so
loved the world ALL: That all might have eternal life
Blest are you,
Lord Jesus who came to us as teacher and opened eyes to truths that only the
poor could understand For God so loved the world ALL: That all might have
Blest are you, Lord Jesus who came to us as healer and opened
hearts to the reality of wholeness For God so loved the world ALL: That
all might have eternal life
Blest are you, Lord Jesus who came to us as
prophet, priest and king and yet humbled himself to take our place upon
the cross For God so loved the world ALL: That all might have eternal life
are you, Lord Jesus who came to us as servant and revealed to us the extent
of his Father's love for human kind For God so loved the world ALL:
That all might have eternal life
Blest are you, Lord Jesus, who rose from
the ignominy of a sinner's death to the triumph of a Saviour's resurrection For
God so loved the world ALL: That all might have eternal life
God so loved
the world that he gave his only Son for the sake of me and you and other
sinners too God so loved the world Blest are you Lord Jesus, our Saviour
-- John Birch www.faithandworship.com
the box and shed the nard; Stop not now to count the cost; Hither bring
pearl, opal, sard; Reck not what the poor have lost; Upon Christ throw all
away: Know ye, this is Easter Day.
Build His church and deck His shrine; Empty
though it be on earth; Ye have kept your choicest wine- Let it flow for
heavenly mirth; Pluck the harp and breathe the horn: Know ye not 'tis Easter
Gather gladness from the skies; Take a lesson from the ground; Flowers
do ope their heavenward eyes And a Spring-time joy have found; Earth throws
Winter's robes away, Decks herself for Easter Day. Beauty now for ashes
wear, Perfumes for the garb of woe. Chaplets for dishevelled hair, Dances
for sad footsteps slow; Open wide your hearts that they Let in joy this
Seek God's house in happy throng; Crowded let His table be; Mingle
praises, prayer and song, Singing to the Trinity. Henceforth let your souls
alway Make each morn an Easter Day.
-- Gerald Manley Hopkins
THE world is charged with the grandeur of God. It will flame
out, like shining from shook foil; It gathers to a greatness, like the ooze
of oil Crushed. Why do men then now not reck his rod? Generations have trod,
have trod, have trod; And all is seared with trade; bleared, smeared with toil; And
wears man's smudge and shares man's smell: the soil Is bare now, nor can foot
feel, being shod.
And for all this, nature is never spent; There lives
the dearest freshness deep down things; And though the last lights off the
black West went Oh, morning, at the brown brink eastward, springs -- Because
the Holy Ghost over the bent World broods with warm breast and with ah! bright
-- Gerald Manley Hopkins
Death Be Not Proud
be not proud, though some have called thee Mighty and dreadful, for thou art
not so; For those whom thou think'st thou dost overthrow, Die not, poor
Death, nor yet canst thou kill me. From rest and sleep, which but thy pictures
be, Much pleasure; then from thee much more must flow, And soonest our best
men with thee do go, Rest of their bones, and soul's delivery. Thou art
slave to fate, chance, kings, and desperate men, And dost with poison, war,
and sickness dwell; And poppy or charms can make us sleep as well And better
than thy stroke; why swell'st thou then? One short sleep past, we wake eternally, And
death shall be no more; Death, thou shalt die.
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The Rev. Charles P. Henderson is a Presbyterian minister and
Executive Director of CrossCurrents.
He is the author of God and Science (John Knox Press, 1986).
A revised and expanded version of the book is appearing here. God and Science (Hypertext Edition,
He is also editor of a new book, featuring articles by world class scientists and theologians, and illustrating the leading views on the relationship between science and religion: Faith, Science and the Future (CrossCurrents Press, 2007).
Charles also tracks the boundry between the virtual and the real at his blog: Next World Design, focusing on the mediation of art, science and spirituality in the metaverse.