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Celtic Evening Prayer

Christ is risen! 

He is risen indeed! Alleluia! 

We come into the presence of the joyful Birther, 

we come into the presence of the rising Son. 

We come into the presence of the life-giving Spirit, 

we come into the presence of the Three-in-One. 


Lord Jesus Christ, we come before you apart, yet united in your Spirit. 

We come to remember your glorious resurrection, 

your appearances to your disciples and
the hope and courage that filled their hearts. 

Lord Jesus, as you came to them, so come to us. 


Christ Jesus, in the light of your risen presence 

  and in union with the first frail apostles, we say sorry: 

for not weighing your words,
for not sharing your trials,
for not believing your promises. 


Risen Christ,
disperse the sin from our souls, as the mist departs from the hills. 

Be in what we do, inform what we say and redeem who we are. 

So now Lord, we come before you to praise you, to thank you and to worship 

  you for all you have done for us.
With new understanding of that which you desire to do through us: 

Lord Jesus, as we come to you, so come to us.  Amen. 

Reading: Acts 1: 15-17, 21-end

Reading: John 17: 6-19


We pray

Risen Christ, you revealed yourself to Mary in the garden. 

Reveal yourself to us in the silence. 

You revealed yourself to Thomas when he touched the scars in your body. 

Reveal yourself to us in the scars of the world. 

You revealed yourself to the disciples as they walked the road to Emmaus. 

Reveal yourself to us as we walk this path of strange and distressing times. 

You revealed yourself to many as they met beneath the skies. 

Reveal yourself to us in the wonder of your Creation. Reveal yourself, Lord, we pray.  Amen. 

Our Prayers for the World 

Heavenly Father, we offer to you our prayers for the whole world – for it is, indeed, the whole world, which now suffers. Rich and poor, sick and healthy, mighty and lowly.
United in our humanity,
we bring before you all the people and places that are on our heart ... 


We pray for all who cannot pray
and for those who have no-one to pray for them ... 

We remember all who are facing death and those who grieve and mourn. 

May they know the comfort and peace of your presence. 

We remember all who have died.
May they rest in the eternal light and peace of your love. 


Lord Jesus Christ, Light of the world,
by your Cross you have overcome all darkness that oppresses: Shine on us
that we may grow and live together in your love, 

which makes us one with all humanity.  Amen. 


The Lord’s Prayer (translated from the Aramaic)

Oh Thou, from whom the breath of life comes,

Who fills all realms of sound, light and vibration.

May Your light be experienced in my utmost holiest.

Your Heavenly Domain approaches.

Let Your will come true – in the universe just as on earth

Give us wisdom for our daily need,

Detach the fetters of faults that bind us, 

like karma we let go the guilt of others.

Let us not be lost in superficial things,

But let us be freed from that what keeps us 

   off from our true purpose.

From You comes the all-working will, 

the lively strength to act,
the song that beautifies all and renews itself from age to age.

Sealed in trust, faith and truth.  Amen. 



Deep peace of the empty tomb.
Deep peace of the morning garden.
The eye of the Risen Christ be upon us in waking and sleeping. 

The Risen Christ beside us.
The Risen Christ within us.
The God of life go with us.
this day and always.  Amen. 

Companions of Barnabas

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