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The 3rd Sunday of Easter, in Time of Quarantine 

Morning Prayer 


Arrange signs of life, hope, growth, or renewal from your home or garden, such as flowers in bloom, houseplants, a small tree, or a basket of fruit, or any sign of life renewed and renewing, as well as memories or token from a journey you’ve taken. 

Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened…. Luke 24:30-31 

If anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17 

The Invitatory and Psalter 


V.Lord, open thou our lips,
R.And our mouths shall show forth your praise. 

V.Glory be to God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, 

R.As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever.  

Christ our PassoverPascha nostrum1   Hymnal 1982 #S49 

Alleluia. Christ our Passover has been sacrificed for us; *
    therefore let us keep the feast,
Not with 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. 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;
    as it was in the beginning is now, and will be forever, Amen. 


Psalm 116:10-17Dilexi, quoniam 

10  How shall I repay the LORD *  for the good things he has done for me? 
11  I will lift up the cup of salvation * and call upon the Name of the LORD. 


12  I will fulfill my vows to the LORD * in the presence of all his people. 
13  Precious in the sight of the LORD * is the death of his servants. 
14  O LORD, I am your servant; * the child of your handmaiyou freed from bonds. 
15  I will offer you the sacrifice of thanksgiving * and call upon the Name of the LORD. 
16  I will fulfill my vows to the LORD * in the presence of all his people, 
17  In the courts of the LORD’S house, * in the midst of you, O Jerusalem. Hallelujah! 


The First LessonIsaiah 43:1-10

Do Not Fear 

1 But now, thus says the Lord, who created you, O Jacob, and He who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are Mine. 2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you. 3 For I am the Lord your God, The Holy One of Israel, your Savior; I gave Egypt for your ransom, Ethiopia and Seba in your place. 4 Since you were precious in My sight, You have been honored, and I have loved you. 5 Fear not, for I am with you; I will bring your descendants from the east, and from the west; 6 I will say to the north, ‘Give them up!’ and to the south, ‘Do not keep them back!’ Bring My sons from afar, and My daughters from the ends of the earth – 7 Everyone who is called by My name, Whom I created for My glory; I have formed, yes, whom I have made.” 8 Bring out the blind who have eyes, and the deaf who have ears. 9 Let the nations be gathered, and let the people be assembled. Who among them can declare this, and show us former things? Let them bring out their witnesses, and be justified; or let them hear and say, “It is truth.” 10 “You are My witnesses,” says the Lord, ” My servant whom I have chosen, to know and believe Me, and understand that I am He. Before Me was no God formed, Nor shall there be after Me.  

The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.  

Hymn: Come, ye faithful.  John of Damascus2

Hymnal 1982 #199 

1 Come, ye faithful, raise the strain of triumphant gladness!
God has brought his Israel into joy from sadness:
loosed from Pharaoh’s bitter yoke, Jacob’s sons and daughters,
led them with unmoistened foot through the Red Sea waters. 

2 ‘Tis the spring of souls today: Christ has burst his prison,
and from three days’ ssleep in death as a sun has risen;
all the winter of our sins, long and dark, is flying
from his light, to whom we give laud and praise undying. 

3 Now the queen of seasons, bright with the day of splendor,
with the royal feast of feasts, comes its joy to render;
comes to glad Jerusalem, who with true affection
welcomes in unwearied strains Jesus’ resurrection. 

4 Neither might the gates of death, nor the tomb’s dark portal,
nor the watchers, nor the seal hold this as a mortal:
but today amidst thine own thou didst stand, bestowing
that thy peace which evermore passeth human knowing. 

The Second Lesson1 Peter 1:17-23

You Have Been Born Anew 

17 Since you call upon a Father who judges all people according to their actions without favoritism, you should conduct yourselves with reverence during the time of your dwelling in a strange land. 18 Live in this way, knowing that you were not liberated by perishable things like silver or gold from the empty lifestyle you inherited from your ancestors. 19 Instead, you were liberated by the precious blood of Christ, like that of a flawless, spotless lamb. 20 Christ was chosen before the creation of the world, but was only revealed at the end of time. This was done for you, 21 who through Christ are faithful to the God who raised him from the dead and gave him glory. So now, your faith and hope should rest in God. 22 As you set yourselves apart by your obedience to the truth so that you might have genuine affection for your fellow believers, love each other deeply and earnestly. 23 Do this because you have been given new birth—not from seed that decays but from seed that will not. This seed is God’s life-giving and enduring word. 

The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.  

Hymn: Come, risen Lord. G.W. Briggs

Hymnal 1982 #306 

1 Come, risen Lord, & deign to be our guest; nay let us be thy guests; the feast is thine;
thyself at thine own board make manifest in thine own Sacrament of Bread and Wine. 

2 We meet, as in that upper room they met; thou at the table, blessing, yet dost stand:
“This is my Body”; so thou givest yet: faith still receives the cup as from thy hand. 

3 One body we, one Body who partake, one Church united in communion blest;
one Name we bear, one Bread of life we break, with all thy saints on earth & saints at rest. 

4 One with each other, Lord, for one in thee, who are one Savior and one living Head;
then open thou our eyes, that we may see; be known to us in breaking of the Bread. 

The Gospel LessonLuke 24:13-35

On the Road to Emmaus 

13 That very day two of them were going to a village named Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, 14 and they were talking with each other about all these things that had happened. 15 While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus himself drew near and went with them. 16 But their eyes were kept from recognizing him. 17 And he said to them, “What is this conversation that you are holding with each other as you walk?” And they stood still, looking sad.  

18 Then one of them, named Cleopas, answered him, “Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?” 19 And he said to them, “What things?” And they said to him, “Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, a man who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, 20 and how our chief priests and rulers delivered him up to be condemned to death, and crucified him. 21 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 happened. 22 Moreover, some women of our company amazed us. They were at the tomb early in the morning, 23 and when they did not find his body, they came back saying that they had even seen a vision of angels, who said that he was alive. 24 Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but him they did not see.”  

25 And he said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?” 27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself. 28 So they drew near to the village to which they were going. He acted as if he were going farther, 29 but they urged him strongly, saying, “Stay with us, for it is toward evening and the day is now far spent.” So he went in to stay with them. 30 When he was at table with them, he took the bread and blessed and broke it and gave it to them. 31 And their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. And he vanished from their sight.  

32 They said to each other, “Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures?” 33 And they rose that same hour and returned to Jerusalem. And they found the eleven and those who were with them gathered together, 34 saying, “The Lord has risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!” 35 Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he was known to them in the breaking of the bread. 

The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God. 

Sermon: So…What Really Happened on the Road? 


A Statement of Faith, A Song of God’s Love (John 4:711)  

Beloved, let us love one another, *   

for love is of God. 

Whoever does not love does not know God, *  

for God is Love. 

In this the love of God was revealed among us, * 

that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. 

In this is love, not that we loved God but that God loved us * 

and sent his Son that sins might be forgiven. 

Beloved, since God loved us so much, * 

we ought also to love one another. 

For if we love one another, God abides in us, * 

and God’s love will be perfected in us. 


A Collect for the 3rd Sunday of Easter 

O God, whose blessed Son made himself known to his disciplines in the breaking of bread: Open the eyes of our faith, that we may behold him in all his redeeming work; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen. 

A Collect for the Resurrection  

O God, who for our redemption gave your only-begotten Son to the death of the cross, and by his glorious resurrection delivered us from the power of the our enemy: Grant us so to die daily to sin, that we may live with him in the joy of his resurrection, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen. 

A Prayer after St. Alphonsus 

Jesus, you are present to us in the blessed sacrament. We love you above all things, and desire to receive you into our souls. Since we cannot at this time share your sacrament, let your spirit dwell within our hearts. Let us welcome you as one already with us, making us one body and one spirit, never to be parted from you. Amen 


Hymn: That Easter day with joy  Latin, 5th cent. 

Hymnal 1982 #193, v.1-4 

1 That Easter day with joy was bright, the sun shone out with fairer light,
when, to their longing eyes restored, th’apostles saw their risen Lord. 

2 His risen flesh with radiance glowed; his wounded hands and feet he showed;
those scars, their solemn witness gave that Christ was risen from the grave. 

3 O Jesus, King of gentleness, do thou thyself our hearts possess
that we might give thee all our days the willing tribute of our praise. 

4 O Lord of all, with abide in this our joyful Eastertide;
from every weapon death can wield thine own redeemed forever shield. 


As you continue in the way of the Risen Christ, may God’s love make you whole; may Christ’s light illumine your path; and may the grace of the Holy Spirit be upon you and remain with you, this day and evermore. 

Hymn: Spirit of the Living God    Daniel Iverson, alt. 

Spirit of the living God, fall fresh on me.
Spirit of the living God, fall fresh on me.
Melt me, mold me, fill me, use me.
Spirit of the living God, fall fresh on me. 


About Episcopal Worship and this Easter Service 

Worship on the Third Sunday of Easter takes us on a journey – actually, two journeys. The first, from Isaiah 43, speaks of the journey that those who are redeemed of the Lord will take back from their places of exile and loss, and into where the Lord would lead them. The second is the journey on the road to the little Judean town Emmaus, which some disciples of Jesus take with him, after his resurrection, without knowing that it is him. Each journey speaks, in its own way, of redemption and salvation, as well as of surprise and the Lord’s mysterious ways. 

Easter worship is designed to have the congregation gather for prayer, lessons, the Eucharist, and song. In times of contagion and quarantine, however, the community may not gather in person or share the Eucharist. We have, therefore, adapted this service to the conditions of the timecelebrating Morning Prayer in the Presence of the Reserved Sacrament, honoring God with our daily office prayers, thanksgivings, lessons, canticles, and hymns. 

This booklet is designed for you to use on your own, in addition to being a guide to worship online 

The readings, prayers, and liturgies are taken or adapted from those in The Book of Common PrayerThe Book of Occasional Services, Enriching Our Worship 1and the hymnals. You will find links to these resources below 

Resources (available for free online) 

Book of Common Prayer,  

Enriching Our Worship 1,  

Enriching Our Worship 2,  

These resources contain the prayers and worship services used in The Episcopal Church and by Episcopalians in their daily devotions.  

The Revised Common Lectionary and Daily Office,  

This source shows the readings assigned for use in Sunday worship and for daily office use for each day of the year, with links to online biblical texts. 

Hymnal 1982:  

Hymnal 1940:  


The Episcopal Church:  

Episcopal News Service:  

The Episcopal Diocese of Washington:  

St. Mark’s,  


A Prayer in Times of Sickness and Contagion 

Heavenly Father, giver of life and health, source of all wisdom and peace: Comfort and relieve your servants who suffer from sickness or fear, give your power of healing to those who minister to their needs, and let your grace be with all those who work to protect us from contagion and disease. May we be strengthened against any weakness, sickness, fear, and doubt, and place our confidence in your loving care through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.