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Father of Glory, light up the eyes of our hearts.

(Introductory Prayers)
 


THE GOSPEL
John 17:20-26
Luke 24:46-53

I in them and you in me, that they may be brought to perfection as one.


Jesus,
you said,

“Father, they are your gift to me
I wish that where I am
they also may be
with me.”

You took all of us who believe in you
straight to the heart of the Trinity, right to the heart of

infinite love,
to the creator of all things,
to the prime mover and our raison d‘être.

Christ Jesus,
the Father sent you because he loved us.
Give us an understanding of the infinite love that makes us one.

if we are the Father’s gifts to you,
then let us be gifts to
each other.


THE FIRST READING
Acts 7:55-60
Acts 1:1-11

  “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, throughout Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

Jesus
lingered awhile;
it was hard for him to leave them.

But he had to go on
so he could give them his Spirit,
his precious gift.

Jesus,
with the power of the Spirit let us be your witnesses
so we can take your message
of love and
forgiveness to
the ends of the earth.


THE SECOND READING
Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20
Ephesians 1:17-23 or Hebrews 9:24-28; 10:19-23

May the eyes of your hearts be enlightened.


Father of Glory,
light up the eyes of our hearts
so that we can begin to know and love your son,

who is born to be your fullness,
and who fills all things
in every way
with
your love.

Anne Osdieck

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