The Stations of the Resurrection

Published on 13th April, 2020

EASTER SUNDAY

The story of Jesus did not end on the cross.

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Today we celebrate Easter, the day of Resurrection and rejoice
that the tomb is empty,
Jesus is Risen and death is defeated.
Jesus’ death and resurrection has brought us new life.

THE EASTER ACCLAMATION

Alleluia! Christ is risen.
He is risen indeed. Alleluia!

HYMN

Jesus Christ is risen today, Alleluia!
our triumphant holy day; Alleluia!
who did once upon the cross; Alleluia!
suffer to redeem our loss; Alleluia!

Hymns of praise then let us sing; Alleluia!
unto Christ our heavenly king; Alleluia!
who endured the cross and grave; Alleluia!
sinners to redeem and save: Alleluia!

But the pains which he endured; Alleluia!
our salvation have procured; Alleluia!
now above the sky he’s King; Alleluia!
where the angels ever sing: Alleluia!

Jesus said,
‘This is indeed the will of my Father,
that all who see the Son and believe in him may have eternal life,
and I will raise them up on the last day’
( St John, chapter 6, verse 40 )

PRAYER:

God of glory,
by the raising of your Son
you have broken the chains of death and hell:
fill your Church with faith and hope;
for a new day has dawned
and the way of life stands open
in our Saviour Jesus Christ.
Amen.

St John, chapter 20, verses 1-18
[ The Message (MSG) ]

Resurrection!

 Early in the morning on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone was moved away from the entrance. She ran at once to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, breathlessly panting, “They took the Master from the tomb. We don’t know where they’ve put him.”
Peter and the other disciple left immediately for the tomb. They ran, neck and neck. The other disciple got to the tomb first, outrunning Peter. Stooping to look in, he saw the pieces of linen cloth lying there, but he didn’t go in. Simon Peter arrived after him, entered the tomb, observed the linen cloths lying there, and the kerchief used to cover his head not lying with the linen cloths but separate, neatly folded by itself. Then the other disciple, the one who got there first, went into the tomb, took one look at the evidence, and believed. No one yet knew from the Scripture that Jesus had to rise from the dead. The disciples then went back home.
But Mary Magdalene stood outside the tomb weeping. As she wept, she knelt to look into the tomb and saw two angels sitting there, dressed in white, one at the head, the other at the foot of where Jesus’s body had been laid. They said to her, “Woman, why do you weep?”
“They took my Master,” she said, “and I don’t know where they put him.”
After she said this, she turned away and saw Jesus standing there. But she didn’t recognise him.  Jesus spoke to her, “Woman, why do you weep? Who are you looking for?”
She, thinking that he was the gardener, said, “Mister, if you took him, tell me where you put him so I can care for him.”  Jesus said, “Mary.”  Turning to face him, she said in Hebrew, “Rabboni!” meaning “Teacher!”  Jesus said, “Don’t cling to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go to my brothers and tell them, ‘I ascend to my Father and your Father, my God and your God.’”  Mary Magdalene went, telling the news to the disciples:
“I saw the Master!” And she told them everything he said to her.

HYMN

Thine be the glory, risen, conquering Son,
Endless is the victory Thou o’er death hast won;
Angels in bright raiment rolled the stone away,
Kept the folded grave-clothes where thy body lay.
Thine be the glory, risen, conquering Son,
Endless is the victory Thou o’er death hast won!

Lo, Jesus meets us, risen from the tomb;
Lovingly he greets us, scatters fear and gloom;
Let the Church with gladness hymns of triumph sing,
For her Lord now liveth, death hath lost its sting.
Thine be the glory, risen, conquering Son,
Endless is the victory Thou o’er death hast won!

No more we doubt thee, glorious Prince of life;
Life is naught without thee: aid us in our strife;
Make us more than conquerors through thy deathless love;
Bring us safe through Jordan to thy home above:
Thine be the glory, risen, conquering Son,
Endless is the victory Thou o’er death hast won!

THE ENDING

Alleluia! Christ is risen.
He is risen indeed. Alleluia!

PRAYER:

God the Father,
by whose glory Christ was raised from the dead,
strengthen you to walk with him in his risen life.
Amen.

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THE STATIONS OF THE RESURRECTION

As with the Stations of the Cross, we move from station to station, reading an appropriate Bible passage and meditating on it. By using the resurrection appearances as a focus for reflection and meditation we have an opportunity to appreciate and celebrate the Easter mysteries of the resurrection of our Lord. The resurrection appearances are more than just stories . . . . so silence and space should be given to allow the liturgy to enable that encounter to happen today.

First Station:
The earthquake.

[ Leader ]: Jesus is the resurrection and the life.
[ All ]: Those who believe in him shall never die. Alleluia!

[ Reading ]: A reading from the Gospel according to St Matthew
Suddenly there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord, descending from heaven, came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. For fear of him the guards shook and became like dead men.
                                  ( St Matthew, chapter 28, verses 2 – 4 ) 

[ A reflection or meditation may follow. ]

Prayer:
We praise you and we bless you, our risen Lord Jesus, King of glory,
for in your resurrection the power of love breaks open the earth
and frees life from death.  As the angel rolled away the stone
from the prison of the tomb, so release those imprisoned by life’s misfortunes.
To you, Lord Jesus, whose life brings surprises beyond our
wildest expectations, be honour and glory, now and for ever.
[ All ] Amen.

[ This acclamation may be used ]:
[ Leader ]: Praise to you, Lord Jesus:
[ All ]:  Dying you destroyed our death, rising you restored our life:
             Lord Jesus, come in glory.

Second Station:
Mary Magdalene finds the empty tomb 

 [ Leader[: Jesus is the resurrection and the life.
[ All ]: Those who believe in him shall never die. Alleluia!

[ Reading ]: A reading from the Gospel according to St John
Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, ‘They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.’
                                     ( St John, chapter 20, verses 1 & 2 )

[ A reflection or meditation may follow. ]

Prayer:
We praise you and we bless you, our risen Lord Jesus, King of glory,
for the love which drew Mary Magdalene to your tomb to weep over your death.
As you broke into her grief with your death-shattering life, so reach into
our broken hearts with your promise of hope.  To you, Lord Jesus,
reaching into the deepest tombs of our despair, be honour and glory,
now and for ever.
[ All ]: Amen.

[ This acclamation may be used ]:
[ Leader ]:Praise to you, Lord Jesus:
[ All ]: Dying you destroyed our death, rising you restored our life:                                      Lord Jesus, come in glory.

Third Station:
The disciples run to the empty tomb.

 [ Leader]: Jesus is the resurrection and the life.
[ All ]: Those who believe in him shall never die. Alleluia!

[ Reading ]: A reading from the Gospel according to St John:
Peter and the other disciple set out and went towards the tomb. The two were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent down to look in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen wrappings lying there, and the cloth that had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen wrappings but rolled up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed.                               ( St John, chapter 20, verses 3 – 8 )

[ A reflection or meditation may follow. ]

Prayer:
We praise you and we bless you, our risen Lord Jesus, King of glory,
for in you our God reveals the awesome power of love that is
stronger even than death.  As in your dying you destroyed death,
so in your rising may we be raised above the trials and torments of
this world’s woe.  To you, Lord Jesus, the fullness of your life
revealed in an empty tomb, be honour and glory, now and for ever.
[ All ]: Amen.

[ This acclamation may be used ]:
[ Leader ]:Praise to you, Lord Jesus:
[ All ]: Dying you destroyed our death, rising you restored our life:                                      Lord Jesus, come in glory.

Fourth Station:
The angel appears to the women.

[ Leader[: Jesus is the resurrection and the life.
[ All ]: Those who believe in him shall never die. Alleluia!

[Reading]:
A reading from the Gospel according to St Matthew:
The angel said to the women, ‘Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples, “He has been raised from the dead, and indeed he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him.” This is my message for you.’ So they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples.
                            ( St Matthew, chapter 28, verses 5 – 8 )

[ A reflection or meditation may follow. ]

Prayer:
We praise you and we bless you, our risen Lord Jesus, King of glory,
for your resurrection overturns our expectations of life
and even your closest friends could not see truth before them.
As the angel helped them to grasp your triumph and overcome
their fear, so help us to see your hand at work through the events
that overtake us.  To you, Lord Jesus, whose ways astonish beyond
our imagining, be honour and glory, now and for ever.
[ All]:  Amen.

[ This acclamation may be used ]:
[ Leader ]:Praise to you, Lord Jesus:
[ All ]: Dying you destroyed our death, rising you restored our life:                                      Lord Jesus, come in glory.

Fifth Station:
Jesus meets the women.

[ Leader[: Jesus is the resurrection and the life.
[ All ]: Those who believe in him shall never die. Alleluia!

[  Reading ] :
A reading from the Gospel according to St Matthew:
Suddenly Jesus met them and said, ‘Greetings!’ And they came to him, took hold of his feet, and worshipped him. Then Jesus said to them, ‘Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.’
( St Matthew, chapter 28, verses 9 & 10 )

[ A reflection or meditation may follow. ]

Prayer:
We praise you and we bless you, our risen Lord Jesus, King of glory,
for your simple word of greeting made the hearts of the women
leap with joy.  Speak your word of love to those whose hearts
are broken, that they too may hear your loving, beckoning call.
To you, Lord Jesus, whose call summons us to life in all its fullness,
be honour and glory, now and for ever.
[ All]: Amen.

[ This acclamation may be used ]:
[ Leader ]: Praise to you, Lord Jesus:
[ All ]:  Dying you destroyed our death, rising you restored our life:
            Lord Jesus, come in glory.

 Sixth Station:
The Road to Emmaus

[ Leader] : Jesus is the resurrection and the life.
[ All ]: Those who believe in him shall never die. Alleluia!

[ Reading ]:
A reading from the Gospel according to St Luke:
As they came near the village to which they were going, he walked ahead as if he were going on. But they urged him strongly, saying, ‘Stay with us, because it is almost evening and the day is now nearly over.’ So he went in to stay with them. When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened, and they recognised him; and he vanished from their sight. They said to each other, ‘Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us?’  That same hour they got up and returned to Jerusalem; and they found the eleven and their companions gathered together. They were saying, ‘The Lord has risen indeed, and he has appeared to Simon!’  Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he had been made known to them in the breaking of the bread.                                          ( St Luke, chapter 24, verses 28 – 35 )

[ A reflection or meditation may follow. ]

Prayer:
We praise you and we bless you, our risen Lord Jesus, King of glory,
for you are with us, even when our eyes are closed to your companionship.
Walk this day alongside the disconsolate and the despairing,
open their eyes to your gentle illumination, and let their hearts
burn within them at your invisible presence.  To you, Lord Jesus,
walking by our side, be honour and glory, now and for ever.
[ All ]  Amen.

[ This acclamation may be used ]:
[ Leader ]: Praise to you, Lord Jesus:
[ All ]:  Dying you destroyed our death, rising you restored our life:
            Lord Jesus, come in glory.

Seventh Station:
Jesus appears to the disciples.

[ Leader] : Jesus is the resurrection and the life.
[ All ]: Those who believe in him shall never die. Alleluia!

[ Reading ]:
A reading from the Gospel according to St Luke: 

While they were talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, ‘Peace be with you.’ They were startled and terrified, and thought that they were seeing a ghost. He said to them, ‘Why are you frightened, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? Look at my hands and my feet; see that it is I myself. Touch me and see; for a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.’ And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. While in their joy they were disbelieving and still wondering, he said to them, ‘Have you anything here to eat?’ They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate in their presence.      ( St Luke, chapter 24, verses 36 – 43 )

[ A reflection or meditation may follow. ]

Prayer:
We praise you and we bless you, our risen Lord Jesus, King of glory,
for in your birth you were proclaimed the Prince of Peace,
and in your resurrection you breathe into your people peace
beyond this world’s understanding.  Be present, Lord, this day
with those whose lives are disfigured by conflict and those
whose hearts know no peace.  To you, Lord Jesus,
true bringer of the peace of heaven, be honour and glory,
now and for ever.
[ All ] Amen.

This acclamation may be used ]:
[ Leader ]: Praise to you, Lord Jesus:
[ All ]:  Dying you destroyed our death, rising you restored our life:
            Lord Jesus, come in glory.

Eighth Station:
Jesus promises the Spirit.

[ Leader] : Jesus is the resurrection and the life.
[ All ]: Those who believe in him shall never die. Alleluia!

[ Reading ]:
A reading from the Gospel according to St Luke:
Then he said to them, ‘These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you – that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled.’ Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and he said to them, ‘Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. And see, I am sending upon you what my Father promised; so stay here in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.’
                                    ( St Luke, chapter 24, verses 44 – 49 )

[ A reflection or meditation may follow. ]

Prayer:
We praise you and we bless you, our risen Lord Jesus, King of glory,
for you promised that the same power that was at work
when you were raised from the dead would also be alive in us.
Show your power to those who are powerless; reveal your love
to those who feel unlovely and through your Spirit
enable all your people to be witnesses of your amazing grace.
To you, Lord Jesus, daily renewing your people and your creation,
be honour and glory, now and for ever.
[ All ]: Amen.

This acclamation may be used ]:
[ Leader ]: Praise to you, Lord Jesus:
[ All ]:  Dying you destroyed our death, rising you restored our life:
            Lord Jesus, come in glory.

Ninth Station:
Jesus commissions the disciples.

[ Leader] : Jesus is the resurrection and the life.
[ All ]: Those who believe in him shall never die. Alleluia!

[ Reading ]:
A reading from the Gospel according to St John:
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 you retain the sins of any, they are retained.’                            ( St John, chapter 20, verses 21 – 23 )

[ A reflection or meditation may follow. ]

Prayer:
We praise you and we bless you, our risen Lord Jesus, King of glory,
for as you were sent by the Father, so you send us.
Equip your Church with the gifts to fulfil our calling that we may love
as you loved, serve as you served, and willingly follow wherever you lead.
To you, Lord Jesus, gifting your people, be honour and glory, now and for ever.
[ All ];  Amen.

[ This acclamation may be used ]:
[ Leader ]: Praise to you, Lord Jesus:
[ All ]:  Dying you destroyed our death, rising you restored our life:
            Lord Jesus, come in glory.

Tenth Station:
Jesus breathes the Spirit in the upper room.

[ Leader] : Jesus is the resurrection and the life.
[ All ]: Those who believe in him shall never die. Alleluia!

[ Reading ]:
A reading from the Gospel according to St John:
When Jesus 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 you retain the sins of any, they are retained.’                       ( St John, chapter 20, verses 22,23 )

[ A reflection or meditation may follow. ]

Prayer:
We praise you and we bless you, our risen Lord Jesus, King of glory,
for you breathed new life into your astonished disciples.
As you turned unutterable grief into unshakeable joy, so renew
and refresh your turbulent world and establish now your reign of peace.
To you, Lord Jesus, transforming the pain of death into the fullness of life,
be honour and glory, now and for ever.
[ All ]; Amen.

[ This acclamation may be used ]:
[ Leader ]: Praise to you, Lord Jesus:
[ All ]:  Dying you destroyed our death, rising you restored our life:
            Lord Jesus, come in glory.

Eleventh Station:
Jesus reveals himself to Thomas.

[ Leader] : Jesus is the resurrection and the life.
[ All ]: Those who believe in him shall never die. Alleluia!

[ Reading }:
A reading from the Gospel according to St John:
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.’                                    ( St John, chapter 20, verses 24 – 29 )

[ A reflection or meditation may follow. ]

Prayer:
We praise you and we bless you, our risen Lord Jesus, King of glory,
for you come to us even in our doubting.  Through the sovereign work
of your Spirit, and the loving hands of your people,
continue to reveal yourself where doubt is stronger than faith.
To you, Lord Jesus, whose resurrection body bears the murderous
marks of the cross, be honour and glory, now and for ever.
[ All ]: Amen.

[ This acclamation may be used ]:
[ Leader ]: Praise to you, Lord Jesus:
[ All ]:  Dying you destroyed our death, rising you restored our life:
            Lord Jesus, come in glory.

Twelfth Station:
Jesus appears at the lakeside.

[ Leader] : Jesus is the resurrection and the life.
[ All ]: Those who believe in him shall never die. Alleluia!

[ Reading ]:
A reading from the Gospel according to St John:
When they had gone ashore, they saw a charcoal fire there, with fish on it, and bread. Jesus said to them, ‘Bring some of the fish that you have just caught.’ So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish, a hundred and fifty-three of them; and though there were so many, the net was not torn. Jesus said to them, ‘Come and have breakfast.’ Now none of the disciples dared to ask him, ‘Who are you?’ because they knew it was the Lord. Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish.                                     ( St John, chapter 21, verses 9 – 13 )

[ A reflection or meditation may follow. ]

Prayer:
We praise you and we bless you, our risen Lord Jesus, King of glory,
for at the lakeside you showed concern for the daily needs of your disciples.
As you guided them to fill their nets with fish, so guide all who are hungry
till their hunger is satisfied in you.  To you, Lord Jesus,
sharing with us the food of faith, be honour and glory, now and for ever.
[ All ]: Amen.

[ This acclamation may be used ]:
[ Leader ]: Praise to you, Lord Jesus:
[ All ]:  Dying you destroyed our death, rising you restored our life:
            Lord Jesus, come in glory.

Thirteenth Station:
Jesus confronts Peter.

[ Leader] : Jesus is the resurrection and the life.
[ All ]: Those who believe in him shall never die. Alleluia!

[ Reading ]:
A reading from the Gospel according to St John:
When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, ‘Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?’ He said to him, ‘Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Feed my lambs.’ A second time he said to him, ‘Simon, son of John, do you love me?’ He said to him, ‘Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Tend my sheep.’ He said to him the third time, ‘Simon, son of John, do you love me?’ Peter felt hurt because he said to him the third time, ‘Do you love me?’ And he said to him, ‘Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Feed my sheep. Very truly, I tell you, when you were younger, you used to fasten your own belt and to go wherever you wished. But when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will fasten a belt around you and take you where you do not wish to go.’ (He said this to indicate the kind of death by which he would glorify God.) After this he said to him, ‘Follow me.’                                ( St John, chapter 21, verses 15 – 19 )

[ A reflection or meditation may follow. ]
Prayer:
We praise you and we bless you, our risen Lord Jesus, King of glory,
for even in the glorious victory of the resurrection
you understood the failure of Peter who denied you.
As you restored him to relationship with you, remember all
who feel downcast and worthless in this world’s eyes and give them
a sense of purpose and value.  To you, Lord Jesus,
loving us despite our denial, be honour and glory,
now and for ever.
[ All ]: Amen.

[ This acclamation may be used ]:
[ Leader ]: Praise to you, Lord Jesus:
[ All ]:  Dying you destroyed our death, rising you restored our life:
            Lord Jesus, come in glory.

Fourteenth Station:
Jesus and the beloved disciple.

[ Leader] : Jesus is the resurrection and the life.
[ All ]: Those who believe in him shall never die. Alleluia!

[ Reading ]:
A reading from the Gospel according to St John:
Peter turned and saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following them; he was the one who had reclined next to Jesus at the supper and had said, ‘Lord, who is it that is going to betray you?’ When Peter saw him, he said to Jesus, ‘Lord, what about him?’ Jesus said to him, ‘If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you? Follow me!’ So the rumour spread in the community that this disciple would not die. Yet Jesus did not say to him that he would not die, but, ‘If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you?’                                        ( St John,chapter 21, verses 20 – 23 )

[ A reflection or meditation may follow. ]

Prayer:
We praise you and we bless you, our risen Lord Jesus, King of glory,
for your single-minded commitment to your Father’s will.
May we be free from distractions of envy or self, that we might walk
the way of the cross and know the power of your risen life.
To you, Lord Jesus, treading boldly on the path of suffering,
be honour and glory, now and for ever.
[ All ] : Amen.

[ This acclamation may be used ]:
[ Leader ]: Praise to you, Lord Jesus:
[ All ]:  Dying you destroyed our death, rising you restored our life:
            Lord Jesus, come in glory.

Fifteenth Station:
Jesus appears to over five hundred at once

[ Leader] : Jesus is the resurrection and the life.
[ All ]: Those who believe in him shall never die. Alleluia!

[ Reading ]:
A reading from the First Letter to the Corinthians:
For I handed on to you as of first importance what I in turn had received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures, and that he was buried, and that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers and sisters at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have died.
                           ( 1 Corinthians, chapter 15, verses 3 – 6 )

[ A reflection or meditation may follow. ]

Prayer:
We praise you and we bless you, our risen Lord Jesus, King of glory,
for your resurrection is a revelation to the whole world.
As you revealed yourself powerfully to so many,reveal yourself now
as the hope for our world.  To you, Lord Jesus,
going beyond the limits of our understanding,
be honour and glory, now and for ever.
[ All ]: Amen.

[ This acclamation may be used ]:
[ Leader ]: Praise to you, Lord Jesus:
[ All ]:  Dying you destroyed our death, rising you restored our life:
            Lord Jesus, come in glory.

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