Third Sunday of Easter Liturgy Guide


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Third Sunday of Easter

Tirtium Dominicus Paschae




Refrain:       We remember how YOU love us to YOUR death.

and still we celebrate, for YOU are with us here,

and we believe that we will see YOU when you come in YOUR glory, LORD.

We remember, we celebrate, we believe.


Here a million wounded souls are yearning just to touch YOU and be healed;

Gather all YOUR people and holy them to YOUR Heart.  R.


Now we recreate YOUR love, we bring the bread and wine to share a meal –

Sign of grace and mercy, the presence of the LORD.  R.


Christ, the FATHER’S great Amen to all the hopes and dreams of every heart,

Peace beyond all telling, and freedom from all fear.  R.



ANTIPHON:         Cry out with joy to God, all the Earth; O sing to the glory of HIS Name.

O render HIM glorious praise, alleluia (cf. Psalms 66:22-23)




Who are you, who walk in sorrow down Emmaus’ barren road,

Hearts distraught and hope defeated, bent beneath grief’s crushing load?

Nameless mourner, we will join you – we, who also mourn our dead.

We have stood by graves unyielding, eaten death’s bare, bitter bread.


WHO is this, WHO joins out journey, walking with us stride by stride.

Unknown STRANGER, can YOU fathom depths of grief for ONE who died?

Then the wonder, when we told YOU how our dreams to dust had turned.

Then YOU opened wide the Scriptures, till our hearths within us burned.


WHO are YOU?  Our eyes were opened in the BREAKING OF THE BREAD.

Christ the Victim, now the Victor – living, risen from the dead.

Great COMPANNION, on our journey, still surprise us with YOUR grace.

Make each day a new Emmaus; on our hearts, YOUR image trace.


Who are we who travel with YOU on our way through life to death?

Women, men, the young, the aged, wakened by the SPIRIT’S breath.

At the font, YOU claim and name us – born of water and the Word.

At the Table still YOU feed us, host us as the risen LORD.



Acts of the Apostles 2:14, 22-33


Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice, and proclaimed: “You who are Jews, indeed all of you staying in Jerusalem. Let this be known to you, and listen to my words. You who are Israelites, hear these words. Jesus the Nazarene was a man commended to you by God with mighty deeds, wonders, and signs, which God worked through him in your midst, as you yourselves know. This man, delivered up by the set plan and foreknowledge of God, you killed, using lawless men to crucify him. But God raised him up, releasing him from the throes of death, because it was impossible for him to be held by it. For David says of him: I saw the Lord ever before me, with him at my right hand I shall not be disturbed. Therefore my heart has been glad and my tongue has exulted; my flesh, too, will dwell in hope, because you will not abandon my soul to the netherworld,
nor will you suffer your holy one to see corruption. You have made known to me the paths of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence.


“My brothers, one can confidently say to you about the patriarch David that he died and was buried, and his tomb is in our midst to this day. But since he was a prophet and knew that God had sworn an oath to him that he would set one of his descendants upon his throne, he foresaw and spoke of the resurrection of the Christ, that neither was he abandoned to the netherworld nor did his flesh see corruption. God raised this Jesus; of this we are all witnesses. Exalted at the right hand of God, he received the promise of the Holy Spirit from the Father and poured him forth, as you see and hear.”



Psalms 16:1, 2, 5, 7-11


LORD, YOU will show us the path of life.

Keep me, O God, for in you I take refuge;
I say to the LORD, “My Lord are YOU.”
O LORD, my allotted portion and my cup,
YOU it is who hold fast my lot.

I bless the LORD who counsels me;
even in the night my heart exhorts me.
I set the LORD ever before me;
with HIM at my right hand I shall not be disturbed.

Therefore my heart is glad and my soul rejoices,
my body, too, abides in confidence;
because YOU will not abandon my soul to the netherworld,
nor will YOU suffer your faithful one to undergo corruption.

YOU will show me the path to life,
abounding joy in YOUR presence,
the delights at YOUR right Hand forever.



First Saint Peter 1:17-21


Beloved: If you invoke as Father him who judges impartially according to each one’s works,
conduct yourselves with reverence during the time of your sojourning, realizing that you were ransomed from your futile conduct, handed on by your ancestors, not with perishable things like silver or gold but with the precious blood of Christ as of a spotless unblemished lamb. He was known before the foundation of the world but revealed in the final time for you, who through him believe in God who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.



Christ the LORD is Risen Today


Christ the LORD is risen today; Christians, haste your vows to pay.

Make your joy and praises known at the PASCHAL VICTIM’S Throne.

For the sheep, the LAMB has bleed, sinless in the sinner’s stead.

Christ the LORD is risen on high, now HE lives no more to die.


Christ the VICTIM undefiled, God and sinners reconciled,

When in strange and awful strife, met together death and life.

Christians on this happy day, haste with joy your vows to pay.

Christ the LORD is risen on high, now HE lives no more to die.


Hallowed, this the dawn of praise, Easter – queen of all our days;

From all compass points come forth:  East and West and South and North.

Let the peoples praise YOU, LORD; be, by all that is, adored.

Let all nations shout and sing:  glory, praise the PASCHAL KING.


Say, O wondering Mary, say what you saw along the way:

I beheld where Christ was lain:  empty Tomb and angels twain.

I beheld the glory, bright, of the risen LORD of light,

Christ, my LORD is risen again; now HE lives and lives to reign.


Christ, WHO once, for sinners bled, now the firstborn from the dead.

Throned in endless might and power, lives and reigns forevermore.

Hail, ETERNAL HOPE on high, hail our King of Victory.

Hail, THOU Prince of Life adored.  Help and save us, gracious LORD.



Alleluia, ALLELUIA, Alleluia, ALLELUIA, Alleluia, ALLELUIA

LORD Jesus, open the Scriptures to us;
make our hearts burn as YOU speak to us (cf. Luke 24:32).

Alleluia, ALLELUIA, Alleluia, ALLELUIA, Alleluia, ALLELUIA




Saint Luke 20:13-35


That very day, the first day of the week, two of Jesus’ disciples were going to a village seven miles from Jerusalem called Emmaus, and they were conversing about all the things that had occurred. And it happened that while they were conversing and debating, Jesus himself drew near and walked with them, but their eyes were prevented from recognizing him. He asked them, “What are you discussing as you walk along?” They stopped, looking downcast. One of them, named Cleopas, said to him in reply, “Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know of the things that have taken place there in these days?” And he replied to them, “What sort of things?” They said to him, “The things that happened to Jesus the Nazarene, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, how our chief priests and rulers both handed him over to a sentence of death and crucified him. But we were hoping that he would be the one to redeem Israel; and besides all this, it is now the third day since this took place. Some women from our group, however, have astounded us: they were at the tomb early in the morning and did not find his body; they came back and reported that they had indeed seen a vision of angels who announced that he was alive. Then some of those with us went to the tomb and found things just as the women had described, but him they did not see.” And he said to them, “Oh, how foolish you are! How slow of heart to believe all that the prophets spoke! Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?” Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them what referred to him in all the Scriptures. As they approached the village to which they were going, he gave the impression that he was going on farther. But they urged him, “Stay with us, for it is nearly evening and the day is almost over.” So he went in to stay with them. And it happened that, while he was with them at table, he took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them. With that their eyes were opened and they recognized him, but he vanished from their sight. Then they said to each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he spoke to us on the way and opened the Scriptures to us?” So they set out at once and returned to Jerusalem where they found gathered together the eleven and those with them who were saying, “The Lord has truly been raised and has appeared to Simon!” Then the two recounted what had taken place on the way and how he was made known to them in the BREAKING OF THE BREAD.




Draw us in the SPIRIT’S tether, for when, humbly, in YOUR Name,

Two or three are met together, YOU are in the midst of them.

Alleluia, alleluia.  Touch we now YOUR garment’s hem.


Once, when hope and faith were broken, YOU appeared along the way.

Then in humble, caring token:  THOU did shed a Scripture ray.

Alleluia, alleluia.  THOU has risen as once YOU did say.


Then at supper with YOUR hosts there, YOU broke break and blest the wine.

In an instant, faith and hope returned, they then saw with YOU, they dined.

Alleluia, alleluia!  Sacramental grace was signed.


As disciples then did gather in the Name of Christ to sup,

Then gave thanks to God the FATHER, break the bread, and bless the cup.

Alleluia, alleluia.  Thus now bind THINE friendship up.


THOU are still in Eucharist, now, truly present in these SIGNS.

We adore THEE, and implore THEE:  stay near us in SACRAMENT DIVINE.

Alleluia, alleluia.  Lead us to back Heaven, THINE.


At each meal and all-day living:  make us sacraments of YOU.

That by praying, helping, sharing we me be YOUR disciples, true.

Alleluia, alleluia.  Help us serve in YOUR Faith, true.


















ANTIPHON:         The disciples recognized the LORD Jesus,

In the BREAKING OF THE BREAD, alleluia (Saint Luke 24:35).



HYMN:                  SHEPHERD OF SOULS


SHEPHERD OF SOULS, refresh and bless YOUR chosen pilgrim flock,

With manna in the wilderness, with water from the Rock.


One can not live by bread alone, but by YOUR Word of grace,

In strength of-which we travel on toward YOUR abiding Place.


Be known to us in Breaking Bread, but do not then depart.

SAVIOR, abide with us and spread YOUR Table in our heart.


LORD, sup with us in love divine:  YOUR Body and YOUR Blood –

That Living Bread, that Heavenly Wine be our immortal food.






HYMN:                              AS THE BREAD OF LIFE IS BROKEN


Refrain:                             As the Bread of Life is broken, the Cup of love outpoured,

We have now the Savior within us and are sent to serve the LORD.


We YOUR gathered Christian people, are united now in YOU.

In this happy celebration, we recall what YOU did do.


In the Word of God, proclaimed here, the Gospel of Truth is heard.

In retelling of YOUR story, YOUR presence is assured.


In the Bread of Life confected YOUR presence we receive,

In the chalice of YOUR Blood, we drink in what we believe.


Send down blessing on YOUR people, to go now in love and peace;

Give us grace to be so holy as to grant YOUR Church increase.



POSTLUDE:                     ALL WHO HUNGER


All who hunger, gather gladly, Holy Manna is our bread.

Come from wilderness and wondering; here, in Truth, we shall be fed.

You that long for days of fullness, now behold the risen LORD.


Refrain:                             Taste and see the grace eternal; taste and see that God is good.


Ye who seek, welcome STRANGER, SPEAKER, be our welcomed guest.

Come from restlessness and roaming, blest and happy keep the feast.

We, who once were lost and saddened, now see the risen LORD!  R.


You that see HIM, tell another:  Christ is risen from the dead.

Ended, days of loss and mourning; here with us is Living Bread.

Blessed Table, blessed people; healed from sin by the Lamb.