Easter Thursday Matins

Lord, open our lips.
And our mouth shall proclaim your praise.

Holy God, Holy and mighty, Holy immortal one,
Have mercy on us. (3x)
Latin. Sanctus Deus, Sanctus Fortis, Sanctus immortalis,
Miserere nobis.
Greek. Agios o theos, Agios ischyros, Agios athanatos,
Eleison imas.

Alleluia! Christ is Risen! The Lord is Risen Indeed! Alleluia!

Pascha nostrum 1 Corinthians 5:7-8; Romans 6:9-11; 1 Corinthians 15:20-22

Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us; *
therefore let us keep the feast,

Not with the old leaven, the leaven of malice and evil, *
but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. Alleluia.

Christ being raised from the dead will never die again; *
death no longer has dominion over him.

The death that he died, he died to sin, once for all; *
but the life he lives, he lives to God.

So also consider yourselves dead to sin, *
and alive to God in Jesus Christ our Lord. Alleluia.

Christ is risen from the dead, *
the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep.

For since by a man came death, *
by a man came also the resurrection of the dead.

For as in Adam all die, *
even so in Christ shall all be made alive. Alleluia.

Alleluia! Christ is Risen! The Lord is Risen Indeed! Alleluia!.


Jesus Christ is risen today, Alleluia!
Our triumphant holy day, Alleluia!
Who did once upon the cross Alleluia!
Suffer to redeem our loss. Alleluia!

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!

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!

Praise to God the Father sing, Alleluia.
Praise to God the Son our King, Alleluia.
Praise to God the Spirit be, Alleluia.
Now and through eternity, Alleluia.
Text: Charles Wesley; Melody: Easter Hymn; Midi: Cyberhymnal

Opening Verse
If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also through his Spirit which dwells in you. Romans 8:11


Praise the LORD, O my soul! *
     I will praise the LORD as long as I live;
     I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.
Put not your trust in rulers, nor in any child of earth, *
     for there is no help in them.
When they breathe their last, they return to earth, *
     and in that day their thoughts perish.
Happy are they who have the God of Jacob for their help! *
     whose hope is in the LORD their God;
Who made heaven and earth, the seas, and all that is in them; *
     who keeps his promise for ever;
Who gives justice to those who are oppressed, *
     and food to those who hunger.
The LORD sets the prisoners free;
     the LORD opens the eyes of the blind; *
     the LORD lifts up those who are bowed down;
The LORD loves the righteous;
the LORD cares for the stranger; *
     he sustains the orphan and widow,
     but frustrates the way of the wicked.
The LORD shall reign for ever, *
     your God, O Zion, throughout all generations.
How good it is to sing praises to our God! *
     how pleasant it is to honor him with praise!
The LORD rebuilds Jerusalem; *
     he gathers the exiles of Israel.
He heals the brokenhearted *
     and binds up their wounds.
He counts the number of the stars *
     and calls them all by their names.
Great is our LORD and mighty in power; *
     there is no limit to his wisdom.
The LORD lifts up the lowly, *
     but casts the wicked to the ground.
Sing to the LORD with thanksgiving; *
     make music to our God upon the harp.
He covers the heavens with clouds *
     and prepares rain for the earth;
He makes grass to grow upon the mountains *
     and green plants to serve mankind.
He provides food for flocks and herds *
     and for the young ravens when they cry.
He is not impressed by the might of a horse; *
     he has no pleasure in the strength of a man;
But the LORD has pleasure in those who fear him, *
     in those who await his gracious favor.
Worship the LORD, O Jerusalem; *
     praise your God, O Zion;
For he has strengthened the bars of your gates; *
     he has blessed your children within you.
He has established peace on your borders; *
     he satisfies you with the finest wheat.
He sends out his command to the earth, *
     and his word runs very swiftly.
He gives snow like wool; *
     he scatters hoarfrost like ashes.
He scatters his hail like bread crumbs; *
     who can stand against his cold?
He sends forth his word and melts them; *
     he blows with his wind, and the waters flow.
He declares his word to Jacob, *
     his statutes and his judgments to Israel.
He has not done so to any other nation; *
     to them he has not revealed his judgments.

First Reading
Ezekiel. 37:1-14

The hand of the Lord came upon me, and he brought me out by the spirit of the Lord and set me down in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. He led me all round them; there were very many lying in the valley, and they were very dry. He said to me, ‘Son of man, can these bones live?’ I answered, ‘O Lord God, you know.’ Then he said to me, ‘Prophesy to these bones, and say to them: O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord. Thus says the Lord God to these bones: I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live. I will lay sinews on you, and will cause flesh to come upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and you shall live; and you shall know that I am the Lord.’

So I prophesied as I had been commanded; and as I prophesied, suddenly there was a noise, a rattling, and the bones came together, bone to its bone. I looked, and there were sinews on them, and flesh had come upon them, and skin had covered them; but there was no breath in them. Then he said to me, ‘Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, Son of man, and say to the breath: Thus says the Lord God: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live.’ I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood on their feet, a vast multitude.

Then he said to me, ‘Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel. They say, “Our bones are dried up, and our hope is lost; we are cut off completely.” Therefore prophesy, and say to them, Thus says the Lord God: I am going to open your graves, and bring you up from your graves, O my people; and I will bring you back to the land of Israel. And you shall know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves, and bring you up from your graves, O my people. I will put my spirit within you, and you shall live, and I will place you on your own soil; then you shall know that I, the Lord, have spoken and will act, says the Lord.’


A Song of Faith
1 Peter 1:3-4, 18-21
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, *
by divine mercy we have a new birth into a living hope;
Through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, *
we have an inheritance that is imperishable in heaven.
The ransom that was paid to free us *
was not paid in silver or gold,
But in the precious blood of Christ, *
the Lamb without spot or stain.
God raised Jesus from the dead and gave him glory *
so that we might have faith and hope in God.

Second Reading
Matthew 28:16-20
Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. When they saw him, they worshipped him; but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.’

Jesus was there standing among them. / They were startled and terrified, but he reassured them, alleluia.

Jesus was there standing among them. / They were startled and terrified, but he reassured them, alleluia.

Lord's Prayer

Almighty and everlasting God, who in the Paschal mystery established the new covenant of reconciliation: Grant that all who have been reborn into the fellowship of Christ's Body may show forth in their lives what they profess by their faith; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Personal Prayers and Thanksgivings


Christ has risen from the dead and is always present in his Church. We reverently pray to him:
- Lord, remain with us.
Lord, Jesus, triumphant victor over sin and death,
  -  you who live for ever and ever, be present among us. (R.)
Come to us in your invincible power
  -  and demonstrate God’s good will towards us.(R.)
Come to the aid of this divided and discordant world,
  -  for you alone have the power to renew souls and reconcile them.(R.)
Keep strong our faith in final victory:
  -  make us steadfast in hope for your coming.(R.)

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 that trespass against us,
and lead us not into temptation,
 but deliver us from evil.

O God, you have brought together many races in one single acknowledgement of your name.
May those who have been reborn in baptism
 be one in belief
 and one in holy living.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
 who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
 God for ever and ever.

Let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

May the risen Lord Jesus bless us. May he watch over us and renew us as he renews the whole of creation. May our hearts and lives echo his love. Amen


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