Easter Sunday Newsletter – 12 April 2020

Sunday Letter

Benefice of Padstow & Trevone,

St. Merryn, & St Issey with Little Petherick

During this extraordinary time, with our churches locked and public worship suspended, we thought our congregations might appreciate a emailed letter with the prayers and readings for the Sunday and a short devotional piece, as a way of keeping us together and sharing any thoughts we may have.

Sunday 12th April – Easter Day

 Collect of the day

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.

Readings:

Acts 10: 34-43  Peter preaches the good news of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles.

Colossians 3: 1-4  Paul reminds us that, in baptism, we have been given a share in Christ’s risen life – his presence with us at all times and in all places.

John 20: 1-18  Mary Magdalene, Peter and the beloved disciples go to the tomb and find it empty.  The two disciples go back to share the good news with the others, but Mary stays behind, and witnesses the presence of the risen Christ.

‘Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, ‘I have seen the Lord’.

Who would have imagined that our churches would be closed on Easter Day, the most important day in the Christian calendar,when we are able to rejoice that, after the tragic events of Good Friday, came the news that our Lord, who had suffered cruelly at the hands of the Roman authorities, leading to his death on the cross, had in some mysterious way overcome death, and made himself known to Mary and his disciples.

We could be forgiven for looking back and remembering how, in previous years, our churches have been filled to overflowing with joyous greetings being exchanged, and triumphant voices proclaiming that ‘Jesus Christ is risen today’.  By contrast, today is a stark reminder to us that our Lord cannot be contained or confined to a church building, but lives in the hearts and homes of all who love him.

Those who came to the tomb on that first Easter realised that Jesus had indeed risen.  They wasted no time in going out to pass on the good news to the other disciples; but Mary remained behind, weeping.  It wasn’t until she turned away from the empty tomb that she encountered the risen Christ, and was able to say with conviction, ‘I have seen the Lord’.

Today circumstances have prevented us from proclaiming the good news in our churches, but each of us will be rejoicing in our homes, and as we contact our friends and family, wherever they may be, to pass on our Easter greetings, we will be passing on the good news of Easter, and making known that Jesus Christ has indeed risen, and dwells in our hearts, in our homes and in our lives.

WISHING YOU ALL A VERY HAPPY EASTER

Post Communion prayer

God of life,

who for our redemption gave your only begotten Son

to the death of the cross,

and by his glorious resurrection

have delivered us from the power of our enemy:

grant us so to die daily to sin,

that we may evermore live with him in the joy of his risen life;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Spiritual Communion

“Every parishioner shall communicate at least three times in the year, of which Easter to be one”.  (Book of Common Prayer)

This Easter will be the first since my Confirmation in 1954 that I shall not have received Holy Communion. I know that I shall not be alone in this; for us all it will be very hard.

But the Prayer Book also says: But if a man, either by reason of extremity of sickness, or by any other just impediment, do not receive the Sacrament of Christ’s Body and Blood: the Curate shall instruct him that if he do truly repent him of his sins, and steadfastly believe that Jesus Christ hath suffered death upon the Cross for him, and shed his Blood for his redemption, earnestly remembering the benefits he hath thereby, and giving him hearty thanks therefore; he doth eat and drink the Body and Blood of our Saviour Christ profitably to his soul’s health, although he do not receive the Sacrament with his mouth.

There are many services available this Easter to follow online or in the media, or out of your own prayer book; follow them and give thanks in your inner being and you will have made a spiritual communion.  Canon Michael.

SUGGESTIONS FOR PRAYER

Workers in health and social care and emergency services, all keyworkers and volunteers.

Our Benefice and all its communities

Schoolchildren and their families

Those in isolation alone

Church – worldwide, Diocese and Benefice

World – peace

             all affected by Coronavirus

Suffering – all who are sick, anxious, lonely,

            bereaved

PRAYERS FOR THIS TIME

Keep us, good Lord,

under the shadow of your mercy

in this time of uncertainty and distress.

Sustain and support the anxious and fearful, and lift up all who are brought low;

that we may rejoice in your comfort

knowing that nothing can separate us

from your love in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.

Let us pray to the Lord,

who is our refuge and stronghold.

For the health and well-being of our nation,

that all who are fearful and anxious

may be at peace and free from worry …

Lord, hear us,

Lord, graciously hear us.

For the isolated and housebound, that we may be alert to their needs, and care for them in their vulnerability …

Lord, hear us,

Lord, graciously hear us.

For our homes and families, our schools and young people, and all in any kind of need or distress …

Lord, hear us,

Lord, graciously hear us.

For a blessing on our local community, that our neighbourhoods may be places of trust and friendship, where all are known and cared for …

Lord, hear us,

Lord, graciously hear us.

We commend ourselves,

and all for whom we pray,

to the mercy and protection of God.

Merciful Father,

accept these prayers

for the sake of your Son,

our Saviour Jesus Christ.

Amen.

For information:

Radio4   8.10am   Sunday Worship

BBC1   11.25am   Sunday Worship

Online video services:

www.churchofengland.org   Every Sunday

www.trurodiocese.org.uk     Easter Day

www.trurocathedral.org.uk  Daily in Holy Week                                       and Easter

www.kerdh.co.uk  St Columb Minor and Colan

Benefice Facebook page:

United Benefice of Padstow, St Merryn St Issey

The clergy and churchwardens

wish you all a

Happy, Blessed and Healthy Easter.

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