Worship At Home, Easter Sunday

 

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome to Worship at Home with Corpus Christi Church

Easter Morning

 

Whatever your present status in the Catholic Church, whatever your
current family or marital situation, whatever your past or present
religious affiliation, whatever your personal history, age, background,
race or color, sexual orientation, whatever your self-esteem…you are
invited, welcomed, accepted, loved and respected by the
Catholic Community of Corpus Christi.
Let us know your needs, your hopes, your gifts.
There is a place for you here.

 


Opening Song

Christ Is Risen! Shout Hosanna!

 

Opening Prayer

Let us begin, in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Amen.
Now, here in this place
we lift up our hearts full of gratitude.
May our prayers of thanksgiving rise to you
for all that you have done for us.
Blessed by your name, now and always.
We ask this through Christ Jesus, our Lord.

Amen


The First Reading

 

A reading from the Acts of the Apostles
Peter proceeded to speak and said:
“You know what has happened all over Judea,
beginning in Galilee after the baptism
that John preached,
how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth
with the Holy Spirit and power.
He went about doing good
and healing all those oppressed by the devil,
for God was with him.
We are witnesses of all that he did
both in the country of the Jews and in Jerusalem.
They put him to death by hanging him on a tree.
This man God raised on the third day and granted that he be visible,
not to all the people, but to us,
the witnesses chosen by God in advance,
who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead.
He commissioned us to preach to the people
and testify that he is the one appointed by God
as judge of the living and the dead.
To him all the prophets bear witness,
that everyone who believes in him
will receive forgiveness of sins through his name.”
The word of the Lord

Thanks Be To God

 

This Is The Day:

 

 

The Second Reading

A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Colossians
Brothers and sisters:
If then you were raised with Christ, seek what is above,
Christ is seated at the right hand of God.
Think of what is above, not of what is on earth.
For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
When Christ your life appears,
then you too will appear with him in glory.
The word of the Lord

Thanks Be To God

 

 

Gospel Acclamation:

 

The Gospel

Fr. Patrick Kennedy

A reading from the holy Gospel according to John
On the first day of the week,
          Mary of Magdala came to the tomb early in the morning,
          while it was still dark,
          and saw the stone removed from the tomb.
So she ran and went to Simon Peter
          and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and told them,
          “They have taken the Lord from the tomb,
          and we don’t know where they put him.”
So Peter and the other disciple went out and came to the tomb.
They both ran, but the other disciple ran faster than Peter
          and arrived at the tomb first;
          he bent down and saw the burial cloths there, but did not go in.
When Simon Peter arrived after him,
          he went into the tomb and saw the burial cloths there,
          and the cloth that had covered his head,
          not with the burial cloths but rolled up in a separate place.
Then the other disciple also went in,
          the one who had arrived at the tomb first,
          and he saw and believed.
For they did not yet understand the Scripture
          that he had to rise from the dead.
The Gospel of the Lord

Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ

 

Homily

Fr. Patrick Kennedy

Fear. Shock. Doubt. Sadness. Grief. These are deep emotions that speak to our present reality. But they are the emotions of the women who went to the tomb, that first day of the week and found it was empty.
Some forty days ago on Ash Wednesday, we began a journey. Like Jesus’ disciples, we followed his meanderings around the Sea of Galilee. We heard the words he spoke to those that no one else would speak to. We witnessed him reach out and touch those no one else would touch. We saw the authorities become threatened because Jesus would dare to say that people are more important than the sabbath; that God is more concerned with compassion than legalism. And that journey took us to Jerusalem to the foot of the cross. There we felt the betrayal and despair of Jesus’ followers. But the journey did not end there. Today we find ourselves at an empty tomb. It is here that the real meaning of all these events unfolds. An empty tomb is proof that truth will overcome deception, that justice is more powerful than treason, that love is stronger than death. An empty tomb bears silent witness that light has overcome darkness.
In many ways the Resurrection is truly an experience of going from darkness to light.  Throughout his ministry Jesus brought people out of their darkness, be that the darkness of disease, of fear or of sin. He made the blind see, forgave sins and restored the outcast to community. And yet, he whose light was more powerful than the sun, he himself succumbed to the power of darkness on Friday when the sun refused to shine. Then he was laid in a place of total darkness, a tomb. But as we know and believe, this darkness did not overcome the light.
In today’s Gospel, John makes a point about the fact that “while it was still dark” Mary Magdalene came to the tomb. In his Gospel, John’s characters move from darkness to the light of faith. Because Mary Magdalene was still in the dark, she thought someone had taken Jesus from the tomb.
People of every age have had to struggle with darkness in their lives, things that keep them from embracing the faith and we are no different. Right now, we are struggling with a disease we have no control over. It is making us afraid. Not only is this disease taking over our lives but the emotions of shock, doubt sadness and grief are too. We are tempted through this to lean toward despair. To each of us Jesus says: “I am the light of the world, the light which casts out all darkness”. In another place he said, “Do not be afraid”. It isn’t easy, but on this Easter Sunday, as on any other day in our lives, he asks us to leave behind the darkness of doubt; come into the light of faith where hope springs eternal.
Today Jesus invites us to let the light of his love cast out anything which might imprison us. Just as he overcame the power of sin and death, so Jesus Christ redeems our lives and sets us free from all that weighs heavily on our hearts.  How? By giving us back hope and the promise of life eternal; by showing us that the resurrection touches every part of our lives with light, peace and healing and this gives them true meaning.
If we truly believe this, we will live as people of hope who will not let the promise of life everlasting for all people die.
Today the message rings out beyond the emotions felt by the women at the tomb. It raises our spirits as we face the uncertainty and reality of what our world is enduring right now. The message is this. The One who laid in the tomb is no longer to found among the dead. Jesus Christ is alive and live among us!  He continues to provide the faith we need; he enkindles our hope and through his eternal presence loves us now and for all eternity. This is truly the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad!

 


Reflection Song

 The Tomb Is Empty:

 

 

Profession of Faith

I believe in God,
the Father almighty,
Creator of heaven and earth,
and in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,

who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,          
born of the Virgin Mary,

suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died and was buried;
he descended into hell;
on the third day he rose again from the dead;
he ascended into heaven,

and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty;
from there he will come again to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and life everlasting.

Amen.

 


Prayers of the Faithful

We celebrate the risen Christ; we also remember the promise that new life will spring up from things we experience throughout our lives. Let us pray today for eyes open to that life.

 

For eyes open to the new life in the Church: for inspiring ways to be in spiritual communion while living the command to love thy neighbor by sheltering in place…

We pray to the Lord,

For eyes open to the new life in our world: for leaders to set aside agendas to explore all efforts to care for those who are in need…

We pray to the Lord,

For eyes open to those essential workers who are doing the best they can to help serve and lift all around them for the benefit of the common good …

We pray to the Lord,

For eyes open to the efforts to alleviate suffering across the globe to care for the sick, the vulnerable, tend to the dying, and console those who mourn…

We pray to the Lord,

For those who have died, all our sisters and brothers spread throughout the world…

(PAUSE)

For eyes open to the new life that awaits us all, promised to us by the risen Jesus…

We pray to the Lord,

 

God of life, hear our prayers for new life for our Church, our world, our families and all who are in need. We pray in Jesus’ name, our risen Lord forever and ever.

Amen.

 

 

God of all that is good,
We thank you for the blessing of family and friends,
and for the love and care that surrounds us every day.
We thank you for the splendor and beauty of the whole of creation,
for the wonder of life, and for the mystery of love.
Replenish our spirits with new strength and prepare us to meet each day with renewed thankfulness and hope.
As we remember what you have done for us, we pray in the words Jesus 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.

Amen.

 


Easter Egg Blessing

 
Creative God, as we rejoice
In the resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ,
We bring these Easter eggs before You.
We know from our ancient tradition that
the egg has long been a sign
of the divine life hidden in each of us.
Bless these colorful emblems of new life.
Bless also all those
who prepared then for our enjoyment.
We ask this in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Amen

 

 


Thank You For Joining Us

On behalf of all the leadership and staff at Corpus Christi, we wish you and your families a Blessed Easter. Be safe. Let us choose each day to live out what we have been shown, helping where we can, sharing the light and love of the Good News of the Gospels. This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad!

 


Closing Song

Jesus Christ Is Risen Today: