Easter 2020 Liturgy


The Lord be with you.

and also with you.

Alleluia.  Christ is risen.

He is risen indeed.  Alleluia!


Friends this evening we’re going to recall the return journey Cleopas and his companion make from Jerusalem to Emmaus – on the Day of Resurrection.  And how Jesus met them along the way and companioned them …and broke bread (as we shall do)

And in doing so, Jesus brought them back to their senses, so that they were able to turn back to Jerusalem and take their rightful place in the church as disciples of Christ.

As we contemplate this and the mysteries of God’s immeasurable love, let’s first turn back to him:


Lord, Like Cleopas, returning to Emmaus, 

we find ourselves walking away from you and your church: 

Lord, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy. 

Like Cleopas going home, we are afraid to be seen as your followers.

Christ, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy. 

Like Cleopas along the way, we are slow to believe

Lord, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy. 


May the God of love and power 

forgive you and free you from your sins, 

heal and strengthen you by his Spirit, 

and raise you to new life in Christ our Lord. Amen.

Let us pray.

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.  


Gospel Reading: Matthew 28. 1 – 10

Let’s listen now to the Emmaus Story, which you’ll find in the 24th chapter of the Gospel of St Luke

On that same day (that’s the day of Resurrection) two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and talking with each other about all these things that had happened, when Jesus himself came near and went with them. But their eyes were kept from recognizing him. And he said to them, ‘What are you discussing with each other while you walk along?’ They stood still, looking sad. Then one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answered him, ‘Are you the only stranger in Jerusalem who does not know the things that have taken place there in these days?’ He asked them, ‘What things?’ They replied, ‘The things about Jesus of Nazareth, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, and how our chief priests and leaders handed him over to be condemned to death and crucified him. But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things took place. Moreover, some women of our group astounded us. They were at the tomb early this morning, and when they did not find his body there, they came back and told us that they had indeed seen a vision of angels who said that he was alive. Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said; but they did not see him.’ Then he said to them, ‘Oh, how foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have declared! Was it not necessary that the Messiah should suffer these things and then enter into his glory?’ Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them the things about himself in all the scriptures.

As they came near the village to which they were going, he walked ahead as if he were going on. But they urged him strongly, saying, ‘Stay with us, because it is almost evening and the day is now nearly over.’ So he went in to stay with them. When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight. They said to each other, ‘Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us?’ That same hour they got up and returned to Jerusalem; and they found the eleven and their companions gathered together. They were saying, ‘The Lord has risen indeed, and he’s appeared to Simon!’

Then they told what had happened on the road, and how Jesus had been made known to them in the breaking of the bread.

Alleluia, Christ is risen:

He is risen indeed.  Alleluia!

THE REFLECTION   The Bishop of  Warrington



The Lord be with you

and also with you.

Lift up your hearts.

We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give thanks and praise.

It is indeed right, it is our duty and our joy,

at all times and in all places to give you thanks and praise,

holy Father, heavenly King, almighty and eternal God,

through Jesus Christ our Lord,

whom you raised him from the dead.

He is the true paschal lamb who was offered for us,

and has taken away the sin of the world.

By his death he has destroyed death,

and by his rising to life again he has restored to us everlasting life.

Therefore with angels and archangels

and with all the company of heaven,

we proclaim your great and glorious name,

for ever praising you and saying

Holy, holy, holy Lord,  

God of power and might. 

Heaven and earth are full of your glory. 

Hosanna in the highest. 

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. 

Hosanna in the highest.

Accept our praises, heavenly Father,

through your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ,

and as we follow his example and obey his command,

grant that by the power of your Holy Spirit

these gifts of bread and wine

may be to us his body and his blood.

Who, in the same night that he was betrayed,

took bread and gave you thanks;

he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying:

Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you;

do this in remembrance of me.

In the same way after supper

he took the cup and gave you thanks;

he gave it to them, saying:

Drink this, all of you;

this is my blood of the new covenant,

which is shed for you and for many

for the forgiveness of sins.

Do this, as often as you drink it,

in remembrance of me.

Therefore, heavenly Father,

we remember his offering of himself

made once for all upon the cross;

we proclaim his mighty resurrection and 

glorious ascension;

we look for the coming of your kingdom,

and with this bread and cup

we make the memorial of Christ your Son our Lord.

Great is the mystery of faith.

Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.

Accept through him, our great high priest, 

this our sacrifice of thanks and praise,

and as we eat and drink these holy gifts 

in the presence of your divine majesty,

renew us by your Spirit, 

inspire us with your love

and unite us in the body of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Through him, and with him, and in him,  

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
with all who stand before you in earth and heaven,
we worship you, Father almighty, 

in songs of everlasting praise:

Blessing and honour and glory and power 

be yours for ever and ever. Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

Rejoicing in God’s new creation,

let us pray as our Saviour has taught us 

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.  Amen.

Jesus says, I am the bread of life, 

whoever eats this bread will live for ever.

Lord, our hearts hunger for you; 

give us this bread always.

The President breaks the consecrated bread.

Alleluia. Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us.

Therefore let us keep the feast.  Alleluia.

The President receives Communion.


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.  Amen.

Alleluia. Christ is risen,

He is risen indeed. Alleluia.


God the Father, 

by whose love Christ was raised from the dead, 

open to you who believe the gates of everlasting life. Amen. 

God the Son, who in bursting from the grave has won a glorious victory, 

give you joy as you celebrate the Easter faith. Amen. 

God the Holy Spirit, who filled the disciples with the life of the risen Lord, 

empower you and fill you with Christ’s peace. Amen. 

And the blessing of God almighty, 

the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, 

come down upon you and remain with you always.  Amen. 

The President says

With the risen life of Christ within you,

Go in the peace of Christ.  Alleluia, Alleluia.

Thanks be to God. Alleluia. Alleluia.

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