Pre-recorded liturgies and sermons for Holy Week and Easter
The diocesan Liturgy and Music Commission is creating pre-recorded liturgies for each night of the Triduum in 2021, available for use by congregations in the diocese. The goal is to create liturgies that include a wide variety of music, photos, voices, ages and languages from many congregations.
Plans call for recordings of a liturgy for Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and the Easter Vigil to be available for public viewing on the diocesan YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/ediomass. This is the link to publicize in congregations for direct viewing access.
For those congregations that need to download full files for incorporating into their own streaming software or platforms, click here to access those files and service bulletins.
The following recordings will also be made available for use by congregations in their online worship services (click here to download files):
- An Easter anthem, Randall Thompson's "Alleluia," prepared by a group of congregational musicians from around the diocese
- A sermon for Easter Day by Canon Jean Baptiste Ntagengwa, Canon for Immigration and Multicultural Ministries
- A sermon for April 11, the Second Sunday of Easter, by Canon Kelly O'Connell, Regional Canon for the Southern Region
- Virginia Theological Seminary’s Center for Lifelong Learning offers carefully curated and thoughtful resources at http://www.vts.edu/lifelong-learning/lifelong-learning.
- Specific guidelines, texts, and liturgies can be found in Sundays, Major Feasts & Life Passages under Quarantine, also from Virginia Theological Seminary. It includes information on basic principles and premises for worship under quarantine; forms for an agape meal; ante-communion liturgies; a simple liturgy for Ascension Day; rites for accompanying people through major life passages; suggestions for seasonal and weekly patterns of worship that mark feast as well as feria; and careful attention to the experience of mourning and lament in this time.
- The Society of Saint Margaret has provided a number of resources, including Coronavirus Prayer and a Litany in Time of Pandemic, and Rogation Resources. (Rogation days, when priest and congregation traditionally walked the boundaries of the parish, giving thanks for the created order and the blessings of the earth, are traditionally the three days prior to Ascension Day, but the spirit of these celebrations apply throughout spring and summer. The resources for rogation celebrations could appropriately be used with children, as they help to plant gardens.)
- The website “Alone Together” at https://www.alonetogether.org.uk/ offers, from a number of faith traditions, resources for coping and living meaningfully with isolation and silence.
- Prayers for Spiritual Communion: As we continue to be separated from one another, thus unable to celebrate the Holy Eucharist, here are some additional prayers for Spiritual Communion that may better articulate your circumstances and longings.
From St. Augustine’s Prayer Book, p. 192, adapted
In union, blessed Jesus, with the faithful gathered this day, we long to offer you praise and thanksgiving, for creation and all the blessings of this life, for the redemption won for us by your life, death, and resurrection, for the means of grace and the hope of glory. We believe that you are truly present in Word and Sacrament, and, since we cannot at this time receive communion, we pray you to come into our hearts. We unite ourselves with you and embrace you with all our heart, soul, and mind. Let nothing separate us from you; let us serve you in this life until, by your grace, we come to your glorious kingdom and unending peace. Amen.
From St. Stephen Lutheran Church, ELCA, Pompano Beach, Fla.
Lord Jesus, we desire earnestly to experience your love as guests at the heavenly feast you have prepared for your children on earth in the most holy Sacrament of the Altar. As we are not able on this day to be gathered at your Table, may we receive you into our hearts by faith, trusting the word of your promise, that "those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them." Strengthen our faith, increase our love and hope; and after this life grant us a place at your heavenly table, where we shall eat of the eternal manna, and drink of the river of your pleasure forevermore. Hear us for your own Name's sake. Amen.
The Book of Common Prayer 1979
Other Prayer Resources
- Sunday Revised Common Lectionary, Episcopal edition
- Lesser Feasts and Fasts 2018
- Other Books of Common Prayer
- ChurchNext: Prayer and Worship in our Homes (an online course)
- Forward Day by Day - Daily Meditation
- Topical Prayers from Common Worship (Church of England)
- Virginia Theological Seminary Lifelong Learning Resource Pack
- COVID-19 Prayers from Cincinnati Children's Hospital Chaplains
Praying the Daily Office (Morning, Noonday, Evening Prayer & Compline)
- The Lectionary (Daily)
- Daily Prayer for All Seasons (Church Publishing)
- Praying online with the Mission of St. Clare
- The Daily Office Tutorial from St. George’s Ardmore, PA
Praying with Children
- Praying with children
- Praying Compline with your children
- Illustrated Ministry (Coloring)
- Weekly Godly Play Stories (from the Rev. Dr. Cheryl Minor, All Saints' Church, Belmont)
Graces at Meals
- Home Prayer (page 685 in the Book of Alternative Services, Anglican Church of Canada)
- Thanksgiving Prayers & Table Graces