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2nd Sunday of Easter service

April 18th, 2020

Thank you to the thousands of viewers who have joined us for services over Holy Week and Easter via this website. Like the first disciples behind closed doors for fear, we hear anew the call of our Crucified and Risen Lord to come together in his name across the barriers of isolation and confusion, to hear again his message of peace, and to recognise him in the breaking of the bread. This video resource offers viewers a chance to participate remotely in a Eucharist for the Second Sunday in the Easter season, 19 April 2020. The service was recorded at St Paul’s Cathedral, Sale, with Dean Susanna Pain officiating and The Ven Brenda Burney, Archdeacon of the Eastern Region of Gippsland and Rector of St John’s Bairnsdale, preaching.
The hymns, the setting for the Eucharist, and the organ postlude, are played by Cathedral organist, Mr Anthony Hahn. Video link: Following the service, we recorded a 20-minute conversation between Archdeacon Brenda and me, and the link to that can be found HERE In the weeks ahead I will be interviewing the preachers for these pre-recorded Eastertide services, as a way of helping you to get to know some of our clergy who exercise leadership roles across the Diocese. You may like to practice the tradition of ‘spiritual communion’ as you watch and listen to this Eucharist, and especially at the point of distribution of the Sacrament in this video. The following prayer may be helpful: O Lord Jesus Christ, through your tender mercy grant that as the hem of your garment, touched in faith, healed the woman who could not touch your body, so the soul of this your servant may be healed by like faith in you, whom I cannot now sacramentally receive. In union with the faithful at every altar-table in your Church I desire to be united with you, and pray that you will come spiritually into my heart. Let nothing ever separate me from your love, for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen. This audio file is available for those with limited data availability. Please feel free to share this resource with anyone you feel may benefit from it. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling: one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all. (Eph 4:5-6) May we draw on the unity that is ours in the risen Christ all the more deeply in these days when we feel the pain of separation. Grace and peace, +Richard