"Virtual" Holy Communion
Easter Sunday 12th April
Easter Sunday address from our Padre, David Osborn.
Good morning, thank you for joining us for our special Easter Sunday act of Holy Communion.
I hope you are able to join me and listen to my special Easter Sunday Podcast, which will be on our Website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.
Jesus said to Mary Magdalene, ‘Woman, why are you weeping? For whom are you looking?’ 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.’
Normally, if I speak about people’s gardens I can always say, and of course, those of you without gardens will appreciate the beauty of our parks and open spaces; now you don’t need me telling you these places are ones we can’t explore in the way that we normally do, particularly at this time of year. Yet, nevertheless, spring growth lies all around us all, even as we sit at home.
Spring means spring cleaning in the house and intense preparation in the garden; spring also means ‘eastas’ in Anglo Saxon and so it’s quite appropriate that on that first Easter morning, in John’s version of events, Mary Magdalene doesn’t recognise our Lord but mistakes him for a gardener.
Was he holding a rake? Perhaps he was sweeping the path? Perhaps it was just because this man was there in front of her and Mary naturally assumed that he must work in the grounds. After all, she was assuming that Jesus was no longer alive and her greatest concern was for his missing body.
So if you think about it, the greatest news in the history of humanity is nearly foiled by a case of mistaken identity; what must Jesus think? Over 30 years of life, at least three years of a very public ministry, large crowds, numerous followers, devoted disciples and on that first Easter morning, with his own grave plainly empty, no-one recognises him.
Talk about no likes on your Instagram account, it doesn’t really get much worse.
At this time, perhaps more than any other recently, we need to hold on to this basic fact of the Easter story - it didn’t start well, but with great faith, the people of God built his church into a place of worship and prayer, of comfort, of compassion, of mercy and of great hope.
The whole story of Easter, from Palm Sunday, through Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and to Easter Day itself is about death and resurrection; new hope following great despair, new life following the sadness of bereavement.
So as we can’t get to an Easter service today, please do not worry; go find a rake, if you have a garden, or tidy up a pot plant, if you don’t, and by so doing you will have joined our Lord on that first Easter morning, and thereby encountered the kingdom of heaven.
God of glory, by the raising of your Son
you have broken the chains of death and hell:
fill your Church with faith and hope; for a new day has dawned
and the way to life stands open in our Saviour Jesus Christ.
As each demand is made the people shout out their agreement, loudly at first then more quietly until the penny drops and the last few demands are made in silence.
For everyone now knows what the life of Jesus of Nazareth, the Son of God, was really like
That God sent his Son into the world to redeem that lost cause, and with the possible exception of being a slave, he chose one of the most disadvantaged group on the planet.
Yet this man, this gift from God we commemorate today.
For once, even though we are a resurrection faith, an Easter religion, for once we focus on the death of our Lord And it is a painful time for us all, perhaps never more than at this precise moment in history, for we usually live in a society which tries to shy away from the harsh realities of life.
I am not one for sack cloth and ashes: I think that in the past we have overdone the misery of Lent
But I do realise that in order to celebrate Easter we have to go through the Good Friday experience It’s a bit like some people who only express their opinions in levels of the positive: the play was good, great, excellent, brilliant: at worse it was OK. These people miss half the range of comments, half the vocabulary: poor, sloppy, under-rehearsed, miss-directed……….
We are an Easter faith but today we go through the pain of Good Friday to acknowledge the sacrifice of our Lord, his commitment to us: so that we can rejoice on Easter Day
Today we acknowledge the death, the sacrifice of a young man from Nazareth on a cross and
in so doing, we touch on the death of many who we have known and loved: we call to mind others who have sacrificed themselves so that we might live in relative peace and harmony:
We admit today that we are not immortal, that we needed our Lord to die for us, so that we might have hope and love, and yes, ultimately we are an Easter faith, but today we mourn and we stand in awe of what God has done for us all………..
God Bless you and your family
Spiritual act of Holy Communion
Now, be still, and know that God is with you.
In the name of the Father
and of the Son
and of the Holy Spirit.
Now call to mind your sins and make this act of contrition:
Lord Jesus Christ,
Son of the living God,
have mercy on me, a sinner.
Ask God for his forgiveness:
May the Lord in all his mercy, grant me forgiveness of my sins, deliver me from evil, and bring me to the joy of eternal life.
At this point read the Opening Prayer (Collect) for the day – or for the previous Sunday if you have this available from a pewsheet or online. If not, then use this general prayer:
O Lord our God, accept the fervent prayers of your people;
in the multitude of your mercies look with compassion
upon us and all who turn to you for help;
for you are gracious, O lover of souls,
and to you we give glory, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
now and for ever.
Now read the Gospel of the day or of the previous Sunday. If you have no access to online resources or no current pewsheet, you may read one of the following Gospel passages:
Mark 14: 32-38,
They went to a place called Gethsemane; and he said to his disciples, ‘Sit here while I pray.’ He took with him Peter and James and John, and began to be distressed and agitated. And he said to them, ‘I am deeply grieved, even to death; remain here, and keep awake.’ And going a little farther, he threw himself on the ground and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him. He said, ‘Abba, Father, for you all things are possible; remove this cup from me; yet, not what I want, but what you want.’ He came and found them sleeping; and he said to Peter, ‘Simon, are you asleep? Could you not keep awake one hour? Keep awake and pray that you may not come into the time of trial; the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.’
Prayers of Intercession
Now spend time in prayer for:
• The Church
• The World
• The Parish, family and friends
• All who are sick
• The departed
The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father, who art in heaven hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the Kingdom, the power and the glory for ever and ever.
Now make your spiritual communion. Imagine that you are receiving the Host, brought to you by Jesus, or by Mary or one of the Saints of God:
Lord, I am not worthy to receive you,
but only say the word and my soul shall be healed.
My Jesus, I believe that you
are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love you above all things,
and I desire to receive you into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment
receive you sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace you as if You were already there
and unite myself wholly to you.
Never permit me to be separated from you.
Prayers for Aid, defence and thanksgiving
The almighty Lord,
who is a strong tower for all who put their trust in him,
whom all things in heaven, on earth and under the earth obey,
be now and evermore my defence.
May I believe and trust that the only name under heaven
given for health and salvation
is the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Soul of Christ, sanctify me.
Body of Christ, save me.
Blood of Christ, inebriate me.
Water from the side of Christ, wash me.
Passion of Christ, strengthen me.
O Good Jesus, hear me.
Within your wounds hide me.
Permit me not to be separated from you.
From the wicked foe, defend me.
At the hour of my death, call me
and bid me come to you
That with your saints I may praise you
For ever and ever.
Hail Mary, full of Grace, the Lord is with you.
Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
Prayer for us sinners now, and at the hour of our death.
May Our Lady, St George,
here name any saint(s) for whom you have special devotion
and all the saints pray for us.
May the angels and archangels watch over us to guard and keep us.
And may God bless us,
the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Let us bless the Lord
Thanks be to God.