Rejoice in the Splendor of God’s Radiance

Psalm 150

In Eastertide we all rejoice in the splendor of God’s radiance and in the glory of the Resurrection.  God’s promise of blessing, and new and full life is fulfilled.  Each Sunday we come together to offer God praise and thanksgiving through gathering in community for Holy Eucharist.   

The quote above is from Eucharistic Prayer D which we are using from Easter through Pentecost.   In Eucharistic Prayer D we take a little extra time to glorify God and to recognize how we are transformed in Christ.  

Eucharistic Prayer D is used at ordinations, too, showing joy in this commitment.  Below are some phrases and sections unique to Prayer D which you may want to listen for and absorb in this season.

  1. Fountain of life and source of all goodness, you made all things and fill them with your blessing; you created them to rejoice in the splendor of your radiance.  Prayer D opens with three strong adoration statements.  This is my favorite.  God gives breath and blessing.  Rejoice!
  2. And that we might live no longer for ourselves, but for him who died, he sent the Holy Spirit, his own first gift to those who believe, to complete his work in the world . . .    We are baptized in Christ, and live for Christ within us.  We are to complete God’s work in this world.  What a glorious invitation!  And we have the Holy Spirit as guide.
  3. And grant that we may find our inheritance with all the saints who have found favor with you in ages past. We praise you in union with them.  Once in Christ we live in the now and the yet to come.  We are part of the communion of saints of all who come before and are. 

As I pray Prayer D on Sunday on behalf of all present, listen and know:

  • God blesses us with overflowing life.
  • God invites us to join in sharing overflowing life.
  • We live in the Holy Spirit and in union with communion of saints.

Let everything that breathes praise the Lord.    Psalm 150

With every blessing, 

Mother Elizabeth

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