(Sunday 26th April 2020)



As you are aware by now, we are not able to hold any services in our two churches under the direction of the Archbishops of Canterbury and York. With the buildings fully closed, the Pewslips will now be online only.


Entrance Antiphon

Jesus came and stood among the disciples, alleluia! then they rejoiced when they saw the Lord, alleluia, alleluia!


Invitation to Confession

Christ our Passover lamb has been sacrificed for us. Let us therefore rejoice by putting away all malice and evil and confessing our sins with a sincere and true heart.


Opening Prayer

Almighty Father,

who in your great mercy gladdened the disciples

with the sight of the risen Lord:

give us such knowledge of his presence with us,

that we may be strengthened and sustained

by his risen life

and serve you continually in righteousness and truth;

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever. Amen.


FIRST READING    ACTS 2.14a, 36–41

A reading from the Acts of the Apostles.


On the day of Pentecost, Peter, standing with the eleven,raised his voice and addressed the crowd, ‘Let the entire house of Israel know with certainty that God has made him both Lord and Messiah, this Jesus whom you crucified.’ Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and to the other apostles, ‘Brothers, what should we do?’ Peter said to them, ‘Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you, for your children, and for all who are far away, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to him.’ And he testified with many other arguments and exhorted them, saying, ‘Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.’ So those who welcomed his message were baptized, and that day about three thousand persons were added to their number.


This is the word of the Lord

Thanks be to God

Responsorial Psalm

People. Show us, Lord, the path of life.


Cantor. Preserve me, God I take refuge in you.

I say to the Lord: 'You are my God,

O Lord, it is you who are my portion and cup;

it is you yourself who are my prize.'

Show us, Lord, the path of life.


I will bless you Lord, you give me counsel,

And even at night direct my heart.

I keep you Lord ever in my sight,

Since you are at my right hand, I shall stand firm.

Show us, Lord, the path of life.


And so my heart rejoices, my soul is glad;

even my body shall rest in safety.

For you will not leave my soul among the dead,

nor let your beloved know decay.

Show us, Lord, the path of life.

You will show me the path of life,

the fullness of joy in your presence,

at your right hand happiness for ever.

Show us, Lord, the path of life.


SECOND READING 1 Peter 1.17–23

A reading from the first letter of Peter.

If you invoke as Father the one who judges all people impartially according to their deeds, live in reverent fear during the time of your exile.  You know that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your ancestors, not with perishable things like silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without defect or blemish.  He was destined before the foundation of the world, but was revealed at the end of the ages for your sake.  Through him you have come to trust in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are set on God.  Now that you have purified your souls by your obedience to the truth so that you have genuine mutual love, love one another deeply from the heart.  You have been born anew, not of perishable but of imperishable seed, through the living and enduring word of God.

This is the word of the Lord

Thanks be to God

Gospel Acclamation

Cantor. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

People.  Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

Cantor. You search the scriptures to find in them eternal life, says the Lord; it is they that testify on my behalf.

People.  Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!


GOSPEL                          Luke 24.13–35

Priest.           The Lord be with you

People.         And also with you.

Priest.           Hear the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke.

People.         Glory to you, O Lord.      

On that same day, two of the disciples were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and talking with each other about all these things that had happened.

While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and went with them, but their eyes were kept from recognizing him. And he said to them, ‘What are you discussing with each other while you walk along?’ They stood still, looking sad. Then one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answered him, ‘Are you the only stranger in Jerusalem who does not know the things that have taken place there in these days?’ Jesus asked them, ‘What things?’ They replied, ‘The things about Jesus of Nazareth, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, and how our chief priests and leaders handed him over to be condemned to death and crucified him. But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things took place.


Moreover, some women of our group astounded us. They were at the tomb early this morning, and when they did not find his body there, they came back and told us that they had indeed seen a vision of angels who said that he was alive. Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said; but they did not see Jesus.’ Then he said to them, ‘Oh, how foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have declared! Was it not necessary that the Messiah should suffer these things and then enter into his glory?’ Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them the things about himself in all the scriptures. 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 recognized Jesus; 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.                 


This is the Gospel of the Lord

Praise to you, O Christ



The God of peace, who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the eternal covenant, make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well-pleasing in his sight; and the blessing and honour and glory and power be yours for ever and ever    



Priest.   Go in the peace of Christ. Alleluia! Alleluia

People. Thanks be to God. Alleluia! Alleluia!



Psalm 48, Deuteronomy 4:25-40 and Revelation 2:1-17