Friday, 17 April 2020

Praying in Easter with USPG:
6, Friday, 17 April 2020

Venerating the Cross in the parish church in Tsesmes in Rethymnon during Holy Week last year … today is Good Friday in the calendar of the Orthodox Church (Photograph: Patrick Comerford, 2019)

Patrick Comerford

Throughout Lent this year, I used the USPG Prayer Diary, Pray with the World Church, for my morning prayers and reflections. USPG (United Society Partners in the Gospel) is the Anglican mission agency that partners churches and communities worldwide in God’s mission to enliven faith, strengthen relationships, unlock potential, and champion justice. It was founded in 1701.

I have decided to continue this theme throughout this week, the first week of Easter.

Throughout this week (12 to 18 April 2020), the USPG Prayer Diary takes as its theme, ‘Living with a World of Difference: Alleluia.’ This theme was introduced on Easter morning by the Revd Canon Richard Bartlett, USPG’s Director of Mission Engagement.

Friday 17 April 2020:

As Orthodox churches mark Good Friday today, may we use this opportunity to reflect once again on Christ’s incredible sacrifice for us.

The Readings: Acts 4: 1-12; Psalm 118: 1-4, 22-26; John 21: 1-14.

The Easter Collect:

Almighty God,
through your only-begotten Son Jesus Christ
you have overcome death
and opened to us the gate of everlasting life:
Grant that, as by your grace going before us
you put into our minds good desires,
so by your continual help we may bring them to good effect;
through Jesus Christ our risen Lord
who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Yesterday’s reflection

Continued tomorrow

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