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We continue the Great Easter Vigil from THIS PAGE

SERMON   The following video song is intended as a musical homily for the occasion:

PRAYERS FOR THE OCCASION OF THE GREAT VIGIL    The bold portion are the responses by all.
One: On this most holy night, we pray for the church, the earth, the world, those in need, and all the members of God’s family, responding to each petition with the words Hear our prayer. 

A brief silence.
One: We pray, O God, for all the churches around the globe: for their bishops and clergy; for the newly baptized; for the believers who cannot assemble for worship; for faithful endurance during this time of sorrow and distress; and for a deepening sense of your presence among us.


A brief silence.
One: O God, you are our Temple: in your mercy, 
All: Hear our prayer.

One: We pray, O God, for the well-being of creation: for the health of seas and rivers and lakes; and for the will to care for your earth.


A brief silence.
One: O God, you are our Rainbow of promise: in your mercy, 
All: Hear our prayer.

One: We pray, O God, for peace and justice in the world: for an end to war and international turmoil; for concord in our troubled society; for the heads of state, legislators, and local civic leaders, that they enact wise procedures to deal with the coronavirus.  

A brief silence.
One: O God, you are our Mighty Fortress: in your mercy, 
All: Hear our prayer.

One: We pray for all who are facing the coronavirus: for all who mourn their dead; all who have contracted the virus; those who are quarantined or stranded away from home; those who have lost their employment; those who fear the present and the future. We pray for physicians, nurses, and home health aides; medical researchers; and the World Health Organization. Fill the aching in our hearts with your merciful power.


A brief silence.
One: O God, you are our Everlasting Arms: in your mercy, 
All: Hear our prayer.

One: We pray, O God, for all in need: for those suffering for the faith; for those who are poor, hungry, and homeless; for those who are sick and those awaiting death; and for those we name before you here.

A brief silence.
One: O God, you are the Healer of our every ill: in your mercy, 
All: Hear our prayer.

One: We pray, O God, for the desires of our hearts.  Intercessions, petitions and thanksgivings may be added, either silently or aloud.


A longer period of silence.
One: O God, you are our Heart’s Desire: in your mercy,
All: Hear our prayer.

One: Receive our thanks for all who died in the faith, and bring us at the final resurrection into your everlasting life, where sorrows will be no more.


A brief silence.
One: O God, our Beginning and our End, in your mercy, 
All: Hear our prayer.

One: Into your gracious and mighty hands, O God, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in your mercy,
through your Son Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen

All: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, 
your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread, Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial, and deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power,
And the glory are yours, now and forever.  Amen.

One     Alleluia! Christ our Passover has been sacrificed for us! 
All     Therefore let us keep the feast! Alleluia!
One     When we share our bread with one another
All     The Lamb of God will make us one.

All: Lord of the Feast, we thank you for gathering us as your people. We call to remembrance the many times we have been fed at your table and we lament our distance now. Be present Lord Jesus as you were present with your disciples, be known to us in the breaking of the bread, and may your Holy Spirit sustain us and all your Church until we can gather together again. We ask this for the sake of your love. Amen.

One: Almighty God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, bless us now and forever. Amen.

Listen/watch/sing the following hymn: 

1. Jesus Christ is risen today, Alleluia!
our triumphant holy day, Alleluia!
who did once, upon the cross, Alleluia!
suffer to redeem our loss, Alleluia!

2. Hymns of praise then let us sing, Alleluia!
unto Christ, our heavenly King, Alleluia!
who endured the cross and grave, Alleluia!
sinners to redeem and save, Alleluia!

3. But the pains which he endured, Alleluia!
our salvation have procured, Alleluia!
now above the sky he’s king, Alleluia!
where the angels ever sing, Alleluia!

4. Sing we to our God above, Alleluia!
praise eternal as his love, Alleluia!
praise him, all ye heavenly host, Alleluia!
Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, Alleluia!

One: Alleluia! Christ is Risen!
All: The Lord is risen indeed.  Alleluia!
One: The Peace of the Lord be with you
All: And also with you.


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