The Cathedral of St. Philip - Atlanta, GA

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The Second Sunday of Easter
April 11, 2021

 

Sung by the soloist.
Prelude Hymn: 242, stanzas 1 & 5     words: William Bright (1824-1901), alt.

How oft, O Lord, thy face hath shone
on doubting souls whose wills were true!
Thou Christ of Peter and of John,
thou art the Christ of Thomas too.

O Savior, make thy presence known
to all who doubt thy Word and thee;
and teach us in that Word alone
to find the truth that sets us free.

 

The Welcome

 

THE WORD OF GOD

 

The Opening Acclamation

Celebrant: Alleluia. Christ is risen.
All: The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia.

 

The Collect for Purity

Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy Name; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

Sung by the soloist.
Hymn 206    words: att. Jean Tisserand (15th cent.); tr. John Mason Neale (1818-1866)

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

O sons and daughters, let us sing!
The King of heaven, the glorious King,
o’er death and hell rose triumphing. Alleluia!

That night the apostles met in fear;
amidst them came their Lord most dear,
and said, “My peace be on all here.” Alleluia!

When Thomas first the tidings heard,
how they had seen the risen Lord,
he doubted the disciples’ word. Alleluia!

“My pierced side, O Thomas, see;
my hands, my feet, I show to thee;
not faithless, but believing be.” Alleluia!

No longer Thomas then denied,
he saw the feet, the hands, the side;
“Thou art my Lord and God,” he cried. Alleluia!

How blest are they who have not seen,
and yet whose faith has constant been,
for they eternal life shall win. Alleluia!

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

 

The Collect of the Day: Second Sunday of Easter

Celebrant: The Lord be with you.
All: And also with you.
Celebrant: Let us pray.
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, for ever and ever. Amen. 

 

The Lesson: Acts 4:32-35

Lector: A Reading from The Acts of the Apostles.

Now the whole group of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one claimed private ownership of any possessions, but everything they owned was held in common. With great power the apostles gave their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. There was not a needy person among them, for as many as owned lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold. They laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need.

The Word of the Lord.
All: Thanks be to God.

 

Said in unison.
The Sequence: Hymn 242    words: William Bright (1824-1901), alt.

How oft, O Lord, thy face hath shone
on doubting souls whose wills were true!
Thou Christ of Peter and of John,
thou art the Christ of Thomas too.

He loved thee well, and firmly said,
“Come, let us go, and die with him”;
yet when thine Easter news was spread,
mid all its light his faith was dim.

His brethren’s word he would not take,
but craved to touch those hands of thine;
when thou didst thine appearance make,
he saw, and hailed his Lord Divine.

He saw thee risen; at once he rose
to full belief’s unclouded height;
and still through his confession flows
to Christian souls thy life and light.

O Savior, make thy presence known
to all who doubt thy Word and thee;
and teach us in that Word alone
to find the truth that sets us free.

 

The Holy Gospel: John 20:19-31

Gospeler: The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John.
All: Glory to you, Lord Christ.

When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if your retain the sins of any, they are retained.”

But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.”

A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.” Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.”

Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book. But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name.

Gospeler: The Gospel of the Lord.
All: Praise to you, Lord Christ.

 

The Homily

 

The Prayers of the People

Intercessor: We pray for the church throughout the world. Within the Anglican Communion of Churches, we pray today for The Church of the Province of the Indian Ocean. Within the Episcopal Church, we pray for the Diocese of Atlanta; Robert our Bishop; and all ministers, lay and ordained. Within this Cathedral parish, we pray for our ministry of the day: The Friends of Cathedral Music Board. We pray for the newly baptized: Alden Elizabeth Brunette, Samuel Taylor Freisam

Risen Lord, 
All: Hear our prayer.

Intercessor: We pray for the world and its leaders, that the forces of darkness and violence may be overcome by peace and justice. We pray for Joe, our President; for the Congress and the Courts; for Brian, our Governor; and for Keisha, our Mayor. We pray for those serving their country and for their families and communities.

Risen Lord,
All: Hear our prayer.

Intercessor: We pray for the sick, the suffering, and those who are persecuted for their faith, that the Risen Christ may visit them with healing power, restoring their strength.  

Risen Lord, 
All: Hear our prayer.

Intercessor: We pray for all who have died, that they may have a place in your eternal kingdom. We pray for: Charles Chastain, Susan Tucker, Duke Wetzel

Risen Lord, 
All: Hear our prayer.

Intercessor: We give thanks for the many blessings of this life.

We pray in thanksgiving for the birth of Isabelle Buchanan Champion, daughter of Haley Gage and Forrest Champion, and granddaughter of Alice Gage.

Risen Lord, 
All: Hear our prayer.

Intercessor: We pray for all those on our prayer list, including those with new or immediate concerns: David Elmore, Francis Powers

I invite your own prayers and intercessions.

Risen Lord, 
All: Hear our prayer.

Celebrant: Almighty and eternal God, ruler of all things in heaven and earth: Mercifully accept the prayers of your people, and strengthen us to do your will; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

Those for whom prayers have been requested: 

For Immediate Needs: David Elmore, Francis Powers

Long Term Prayers: R. Huntley Allen, Penny Barnett, Edgar & Judith Beach, Perry Benton, Virginia Bicksler, Heather Clark, Sharon Crews, Lynne D’Huyvetter, Terry Dornbush, Sarah duBignon, Deborah Ellington, Dan Elson, Jane Jones, Louise Kan, Lisa Krysiak, Sandy Land, Carol McDonald, Glenn Miller, Ashley Minear, Royce Mitchell, Laura Moore, Susan Myers, Charlie Neal, Linus Nickel, Marion Palmore, Beth Pitzer, Joann Lewis Pobst, Garry Pryor, Rowland Radford, Rubye & Wayne Reid, Lorraine Reynolds, Agnes Elizabeth Robertson, Louis “Skip” Schueddig, Linda Stallcup, Tommy Truesdale, Ron Wallace, Faye Van Winkle

For Family & Friends: Bettina Bass, Bella Bond, David Bond, Ethan Bortner, Andrew Clark, Vickie & Bob Coffman, Marie Corrigan, Ava Corroon, Apryl Roberts Cox, Robyn Kim Crennan, Carleton Fuller, Patricia Plummer Glowatsky, Cadel Ingraham, G.K. Johnson, Vivian Johnson, Stephen Jones, Robin Kemp, Grace Lawson, Pete Livezey, Lauren Makhlouf, Pat Martin, Marge Massey, Michelle Maxwell, Katie McRae, Betsy Moore, Mary Nelson, Steven Norman, Bella Emerson Plummer, Courtney Rosenthal, James Sands, Pansy & Mitch Simonds, Cindy Snell, Paul Sturtz, Caroline Southerland, Tina Susco, Yvonne Tate, Family of Steven Taylor, Pierson Thames, Jeffrey Thomas, Wayne Thurman, Olive Toy, Roger Traylor, Whit A. Wright, Hollis Youngner

 

The Peace

 

The Parish Notices

 

Sung by the soloist.
The Offertory Hymn: 209    words: Henry Alford (1810–1871), alt.

We walk by faith, and not by sight;
no gracious words we hear
from him who spoke as none e’er spoke;
but we believe him near.

We may not touch his hands and side,
nor follow where he trod;
but in his promise we rejoice,
and cry, “My Lord and God!”

Help then, O Lord, our unbelief;
and may our faith abound,
to call on you when you are near,
and seek where you are found:

that, when our life of faith is done,
in realms of clearer light
we may behold you as you are,
with full and endless sight.

 

The Holy Communion

 

Celebrant: Almighty Father, whose dear Son, on the night before he suffered, instituted the Sacrament of his Body and Blood: Mercifully grant that we may receive it thankfully in remembrance of Jesus Christ our Lord, who in these holy mysteries gives us a pledge of eternal life; and who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

 

The Lord’s Prayer

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,
    and the power, and the glory,
    for ever and ever. Amen.

 

The Administration of Communion from the Reserved Sacrament

Celebrant: The gifts of God for the people of God.

 

Sung by the soloist.
Communion Hymn: 193    words: Latin, 5th cent.; ver. Hymnal 1940

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

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.

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

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

All praise, O risen Lord, we give
to thee, who, dead, again dost live;
to God the Father equal praise,
and God the Holy Ghost, we raise.

 

The Postcommunion Prayer

Gracious Father, we give you praise and thanks for this Holy Communion of the Body of your beloved Son Jesus Christ, the pledge of our redemption; and we pray that it may bring us forgiveness of our sins, strength in our weakness, and everlasting salvation; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

A Prayer of St. Chrysostom

Almighty God, you have given us grace at this time with one accord to make our common supplication to you; and you have promised through your well-beloved Son that when two or three are gathered together in his Name you will be in the midst of them: Fulfill now, O Lord, our desires and petitions as may be best for us; granting us in this world knowledge of your truth, and in the age to come life everlasting. Amen.

 

The Blessing

 

Said in unison.
The Closing Hymn: 205    
words: Cyril A. Alington (1872-1955), alt. St. 5, Norman Mealy (1923-1987)

Good Christians all, rejoice and sing!
Now is the triumph of our King!
To all the world glad news we bring:
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

The Lord of life is risen today!
Sing songs of praise along his way;
let all the earth rejoice and say:
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

Praise we in songs of victory
that love, that life which cannot die,
and sing with hearts uplifted high:
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

Your Name we bless, O risen Lord,
and sing today with one accord
the life laid down, the life restored:
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

To God the Father, God the Son,
to God the Spirit, always One,
we sing for life in us begun:
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

 

The Dismissal

Deacon: Let us go forth in the name of Christ. Alleluia! Alleluia! 
All: Thanks be to God. Alleluia! Alleluia!

 

Sung by the soloist.
Postlude Hymn: 205, stanza 1
words: Cyril A. Alington (1872-1955), alt. St. 5, Norman Mealy (1923-1987)

Good Christians all, rejoice and sing!
Now is the triumph of our King!
To all the world glad news we bring:
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!